So let's talk blush!
Blush is one of those products that I've come to realize that people are afraid, no wait, terrified of. And for good reason, blush can easily take a look from "Zero" to "Mimi From The Drew Carey Show" very quickly if left unchecked. So I, your sort-of-friendly neighborhood makeup artist am here to give you a basic rundown of the different types of blush available!
First things first, let's talk formula.
When it comes to the actual, physical medium that blush can come in it's important to understand what kind of blushes are appropriate for what type of look you're going for. Some kinds are easier to work with than others. To my best knowledge (meaning that I'm too lazy to hit up google right this second) there are three types of blush formulas on the market. Let's go through them!
- Powder Blush:
Powder blush is probably the most recognizable blush formula in existence. It's what everyone associates blush when it comes to the actual product. Powder blush is excellent when it comes to creating an impact because it's almost always buildable.
Personally speaking, powder blushes aren't my favorite simply because I'm naturally heavy-handed and it's easy for me to go overboard. A good trick for that though is to simply take a bit of translucent powder and buff it over the blush. It'll disperse it out and make it look more subtle. In terms of proper application, powder blush is best applied after setting the face. If you apply a powder blush over a still wet surface, it's likely to skip and look patchy. So a light layer of setting powder is all that's needed.
A Quick Tip I learned from Chicago-based Makeup Artist Sonia Roselli: On a mixing palette, scrape off a little blush and mix it into a moisturizer. Apply it onto the skin before foundation to get a luminous, natural flush.
- Cream Blush:
Cream Blush is my current go to. A cream blush is just that, a cream-based blush. Blushes of this nature are usually more suitable for drier skin types, although I've used cream blushes on a variety of skin types. Cream blushes are my go-to blush mainly because that they're easier to get to a skin-like texture and less likely to skip or lift up the foundation. If you're in a pinch you can also use lipstick as a cream blush (I'd stick to matte finishes).
Cream blushes can be applied in a variety of ways but my favorites ways to apply it are either with a duo-fiber cream blush brush or my trusty fingers. I tend to use cream blushes whenever I use a more sheer foundation. I like it because if I go a bit overboard and the foundation starts to lift, it's easier to go back in and make the area seamless. If I'm using a full coverage foundation, I'll make sure that the brush I'm using has a bit of foundation on it to marry it to the skin better.
With cream blushes, it is important to remember to apply them before you set the face. I REPEAT DO NOT SET THE FACE BEFORE APPLY A CREAM BLUSH. Apply an emollient product on top of the powder is an almost guaranteed way to get the foundation to lift, and you'll end up wasting time trying to cover the patch.
- Liquid Blushes
The wet stuff! Liquid blushes are a great option when seeking something more natural, they're also great for looks where you don't want to use foundation but still want a natural flush to the skin. I don't like using liquid brushes for more full coverage looks only because they have a tendency to lift heavier foundations but for sheer or bare skin, they're a great go-to. Again, with this kind of blush, it is most appropriate that it be used BEFORE setting the face, as they'll cause any powder products to lift after application.
The best way to apply these products is with your fingers, hands down (no pun intended). You can go back in with a duo fiber or synthetic brush to make sure everything is blended, but to get it on the skin, fingers are the way to go. With these kinds of blushes, a little tends to go a very, VERY long way. Buildable is the name of the game with these products and it's important to take a step back every once in a while to make sure you're not going overboard.
The most relevant thing to keep in mind when it comes to the kind of blush you use is that you start light and build it up. Keeping in mind the intended effect that your looking for will always make it 1000 times easier to achieving it rather than just haplessly cramming blush onto your face just because you think that's what your suppossed to do.