With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it's time to up your makeup-game for that perfect date you've got lined up. And even if you may be spending the day celebrating the strength of your Single-hood with your best girl-friends, nothing adds a bright, flush of life to your night than perfectly applied blush on the apples of your cheeks for a sweet, flirty wash of colour.
So if you're still trying to master the art of getting your blush looking just right, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Colour Selection
The most important step in ensuring that you've got the perfect blush is selecting the shades that will work well with your skin-tone. If you're fair-skinned, go for soft-pink or light-coral shades. If you're medium-toned, go for warm-mauve or deep peach shades. For those with darker skin-tones, opt for rich, bright blushes such as deep fuchsia or tangerine.
Tip #2: Know Your Skin Type
Now that you know which colour works for your skin-tone, pick a blush product that will complement your skin type. If your skin is oily and you already have a hard time keeping it matte all day, go for powder blushes, preferably one with a rich, colour payoff to last the day such as Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes. For those with dry-skin, add a healthy flush to your cheeks with cream blushes such as NARS' Enchanted Cream Blush. If you have combination skin, a powder blush with a touch of sheen will keep the oil at bay while still adding a bit of glow to your cheeks, such as M.A.C's Mineralize Blush.
Tip #3: Layering Is Key
Ever experienced applying too much blush on your cheeks and having a terrible time trying to blend the colour out? We've all been there. The key to getting just the right amount of colour on your cheeks is to layer the product slowly, blending everything seamlessly before adding more colour. If you want to go through the day without having to touch-up your blush, you can also layer products for a more lasting effect. First apply a light-coloured cheek tint or cream blush on the apples of your cheeks, then set it with a powder blush one-to-two shades darker than the tint/cream.
Tip #4: Application Technique
Nothing ruins that bright, flush of colour more than a botched technique. To keep your blush from overwhelming the rest of your makeup, apply it softly along the top of the apples of your cheeks with a stipling brush like M.A.C's 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush. It softly blends the blush product in gentle layers, making blush application pretty much fuss-free and hard to mess up.
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