Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Nothing to blush about

Hello beauties!

Choosing the right blush can cause your face to be red with irritation. We've all seen girls who manage to make their cheeks pinker than pink or just too red to look rosy. A lot of women shy away from blush because they're afraid they'll make themselves look like something that stepped out of a Tim Burton movie.

But the truth is, blush can make you look years younger, healthier, it can add colour to your face and just add that something special to your appearance, that could blow people away.

So, today, we're going to talk about choosing the best blush for your skin tone, as well as different blushes you can buy. If you want a post on where to put your blush, let me know and I'll do something like that for you.

But first, if you don't know if you're warm or cool toned, I have a pretty extensive post on finding out what skin tone you have, as well as which season you are. :)

There are two main groups of blush; powder and cream. By this time, you know what cream and powder means, but keep in mind powder blushes work well with oilier skin and creams work best with dryer skin. When you apply cream blush, add it just after your foundation and before your translucent powder, as this will set it all in place. With powder blush it doesn't matter when you apply it.

One thing to keep in mind, no matter what kind of blush you use, BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. There should never be an obvious starting point to your blush (or bronzer), or any harsh lines. Blush should flow into your foundation seamlessly. Think of it this way; your natural blush fades away into your skin and has no harsh lines, so follow nature in this!

There are other kinds of blushes as well. You get the liquid ones used with airbrushing, gel's and stick blushes, which are similar to creams.

Right. On to the part you want to know about.

For fair skin :

You're porcelain or alabaster pale. The rule of thumb here is to use lighter blush shades and to steer clear of the more brown hues. If you're cooler toned, go for rosier and softer pinks, but if you're warmer toned, go for apricots and corals.

For medium skin :

You're more olive, peachy or ruddier. Don't use the colours at the lighter end of the spectrum, because these can make you look ashen. Also, you can get away with brighter colours, as long as you keep them toned down and not too bold on your cheeks. Cooler tones go with berries and rosy pinks, warmer tones go for apricots and corals, as well as blushes with a brown undertone.

For dark skins :

From lovely caramels to dark chocolates, you fall into this group. You can get away with all the fun colours! Go for the bright ones; deep oranges, fuchsias and cherry reds. Steer clear of lighter colours, as these will not only wash you out, but can make you seem sick. Cooler undertones, you should opt for the dark berry shades while warmer tones can try deeper pinks, oranges and bronzes.

Now we're going to take this even further. You can actually bring out your eyes with your blush, and I'm about to tell you how.

Blue eyes : Go for peachy shades, or pinks with a orange undertone. Orange and blue are complimentary and the undertone in the blush will make your baby blues seem even bluer.
Green eyes : Pinks will work for you. Red and green are complimentary, which means pink shades will enhance your eyes.
Hazel eyes : You can get away with almost anything. More orange and corally shades will bring out the golds in your eyes. Pinks will enhance the greens and darker berries will bring out the browns.
Brown eyes : Berry shades will enhance the golden tinge to your eyes. Purple is yellow's complimentary colour and adding some plums or grapes to your blush will bring out the more yellow-y golds in your eyes.
Grey eyes : Coral, warmer orange and pink tones will make your eyes pop. But steer clear of lighter blushes (except if you're fair) because it can make your eyes seem abnormally light.

 Hope this helped you!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


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