HOW TO: BLUSHER

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WHAT IS BLUSHER?

Blusher is used to give colour to the cheeks, adding warmth to the face. For a natural look, blusher mimics the colour when you blush normally.

WHICH TYPE OF BLUSHER?

Powder and gel blushes are best applied on oily skins, whereas cream and cheek tints/stains on normal skins. However it comes down to personal preference and what look you are trying to achieve i.e. dewy, or as part of a matte base.

HOW DO I APPLY IT?

+ Powder blush is best applied with a blush brush, such as the Real Techniques Blush Brush. Generally, less is more and it's best to build up than have to remove so using a lighter hand to apply powder blush can help.

+ Cream blush can be applied using your fingers or a brush. I like to apply with my fingers to just under the top of my cheekbones and blend out any harsh lines using a stippling brush. This softens and blends the colour in to your base, giving a more natural finish. My favourite is my very much loved (messy) Dior Parisienne Chic Cheek & Highlight Duo in 001.

+ Cheek tints/stains are applied using the nail polish brush-like applicator, followed by quickly blending or patting the colour in to the skin. Stains tend to dry rather quickly, lending to a patchy application if not done right. However after a little practice, these are great multi-tasking products as you can use on both cheeks and lips. Plus they don't tend to budge throughout the day!

What are your favourite blushers? Do you prefer powder, cream or a tint?