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Blushing beauty

Tips for every skin type on how to apply blush, an instant face brightener, Bobbi Brown blog on MiNDFOOD.

Blushing beauty

I am obsessed with blush because I think it makes everyone look prettier, not to mention the fact that it’s an instant face brightener. A woman should have at least two blush colours: a natural one and a pop of colour.

Your natural shade of blush should look like your cheeks when you’re naturally flushed (or after you’ve exercised). Your pop of colour should be brighter and clearer (less muted) – for example, pink, coral, rose, or plum.

Blush comes in a few different formulas:

1 Powder blush is the easiest formula to work with. Powder blends well and works on the majority of skin types. Mistakes like too-strong colour can be corrected easily and blended with a clean powder puff.

2 If you have dry skin or like a dewy look, choose a cream blush. The emollients in this formula do double-duty, moisturising skin and helping colour glide on effortlessly. It gives skin a nice glow, but isn’t particularly long-lasting. Avoid cream blush if you have rough skin or breakouts.

3 Cheek tints/gels offer sheer colour, but they take some trial and error to blend just right. This is a good choice for anyone who has very oily skin. But if you layer on too much, you run the risk of looking splotchy.

Find your most flattering shade of blush using this guide:

Porcelain Complexion: pale pink or pastel apricot.

Fair complexion: sandy pink.

Medium complexion: tawny brownish pink.

Tan complexion: deep brownish, rose.

Olive complexion: plum, golden brown, or deep rose.

Dark complexion: dark or deep bronze or deep red.

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