I can’t believe we are half way through The Starting Off Project already. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun. Its come to my favourite week, and that is blusher. This weeks post will highlight how to use it on different face shapes and I’ll show you my little collection of blushers. If you have missed any of the posts from The Starting Off Project, you’ll find them all at the top of the page under The SO Project, and don’t forget to use #theSOproject on Twitter.
Blusher is a must for me in my daily make up routine. Whether it be for a light flush of colour, or for a more dramatic effect; there are many different ways to utilise blush in your make up.
Blushers can be found in different forms, however I personally like to use powder or cream to powder blush. Cream blushers are quite difficult at use at first and do take some getting used to, however once you have perfected your technique, they will become a firm favourite. I mainly use a powder blusher, for ease of use and the ease of building up colour.
Blusher should always look natural unless you want to go for the over made up doll effect. Even when creating dramatic effects, it should still look natural rather than clown like.
The quickest way of finding where you naturally blush is to tip your head upside down for a minute and bring your head back upright. You’ll notice that you will blush naturally on your cheeks in certain areas. Use this as a guide if you are unsure where to place your blusher. This handy chart also shows how to apply blusher for different face shapes so you can use it to define and highlight your features.
To apply blusher, the easiest way is to use a small rounded brush and apply from the apples of your cheeks up to your hairline, then back down to soften. If you want a brighter pop of colour, apply a bright blush to your apples of your cheeks. For a cream blush, use your fingers in a circular motion to blend towards the hairline and back down, or use a small amount on a brush the same way. Blending is the key when applying blush to make sure there are no harsh lines.
When you are confident in applying blush, try the Illamasqua blush up brush. This is a new way to apply blush and totally goes against everything you’ve been taught about applying. Here’s a little video to show you how a beautiful, contoured effect can be made, featuring the beautiful Leena from Illamasqua.
I am addicted to buying blush and I welcomed two new members to my collection only last week. My first new love is the Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in 65 Affinte. This beautiful creme blush has only been admired so far as its my birthday present, which is not for another two weeks so I’m saving it!
My second new love is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop blush in Love is the Drug.
Use the outer shade to add structure and the inner shade to make your cheeks pop. It is stunning and definitely a good investment.
My Tom Ford Cheek Colour has been in hibernation for the summer as the colour I have is more suited towards Autumn/Winter, so I cannot wait for this to take up its rightful place on my face. I have the colour Wicked, although I’ve been eyeing up the colour Flush for my collection.
Benefits Rockateur is a recent purchase and I’ve used and abused this rose gold shimmer blush. Read my full review here.
When I use my Illamasqua blush up brush, I always use it with the Illamasqua powder blush duo in Lover/Hussy. Hussy is a candy pink and Lover is a soft apricot. They are very heavily pigmented so a little goes a long way. Make sure you tap the excess off your brush before using!
A cult blusher in the beauty world is the Nars Orgasm blush. As you can see, this is a well loved blush and I think this is my third or fourth one I’ve owned over the years. It creates a beautiful natural rose gold shimmer. A great dupe for this is the Sleek blush in Rose Gold.
Finally, my most used blush of the moment is the Sleek Blush in Flamingo. Flamingo is not for the faint hearted, and is a bright pink little number that looks incredible on. My mission is to own all the blushes from Sleek, as they are heavily pigmented and the colours are incredible!
I hope like this weeks post and my collection of blushes. I haven’t swatched them as it is already a picture heavy post, however if you do wish to see any swatches then please leave me a message and I will get a post up for you. Next week I will be talking about mascara, so pop over on Tuesday at 6pm for all the goss!
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