It's the age-old question: should I wear blush? Many women shy away from it because they aren't sure if they should wear it with their skin color, but the truth is no matter your complexion, with just a little bit of blush you can bring out your inner glow. BV on Beauty is here to give you the right steps and share our favorite blush picks.
Help! Where do I begin?
- To find the right shade, you want to go with your body's natural coloring. Try to pick a shade that's closest to the shade of your cheeks when you are flustered after exercise.
- For darker complexions: Your blush should be in the brown and burgundy families. A blush with just a touch of shimmer will accent the contours of your face.
- For lighter complexions: You'll lean more more towards the coral, peach and pink color families.
- Always test the blush shade on the back of your hand first before choosing. If after a few light strokes and then blending the color pops too much or seems too bright on your hand, it's probably not the right shade for you. On the other hand, if it blends in completely with your skin, you might want to try a shade or two brighter.
- If you are a first time blush-buyer, it's best to opt for a cosmetics counter or a store like Sephora with trained professionals who can help you rather than trying to find a shade on your own at a drugstore.
- When choosing powder vs. cream, it's all about personal preference. Powder can be used by all, while cream usually works best for people with dry to normal skin.
Ok, I've got the shade. Now what?
- To apply powder blush: dip your brush into the powder (making sure to tap off any excess powder before applying) and smile into a mirror. This will help you find the apples of your cheeks, which is where you want to focus on applying the blush.
- You usually want to apply 2-3 brush strokes, brushing in the direction of your hairline. For a night look, you may want to add more for additional drama.
- To apply cream blush, use your middle finger to dab blush onto the apples of your cheeks. You can then use your middle and ring fingers to blend until you've achieved a natural looking glow. The key word is natural -- make sure to work in the light and analyze your face to avoid too much of a babydoll look!
Which blushes do you recommend?
- Coming Soon: NARS' classic "The Multiple" is a beloved makeup stick that can be used as lipstick, eyeshadow, or blush, but we like it best as a blush. This May, the makeup stick is debuting three fabulous new shades. "Cadaques" is a deep rose that's great for lighter complexions. "Turks & Caicos" is a shimmery peach shade that will give the perfect glow for medium and brown skin tones. "Beverly Hills" is a daring scarlet shade that, when used sparingly, will finish off a nighttime look. ($38, narscosmetics.com and departments stores, May 2010)
- Something for Everyone: Bobbi Brown's Tawny Blush ($22 and up, department stores) is the perfect neutral shade if you are going for a natural look, and works well for a variety of skin tones.
- Summer, Summer, Summertime: Cargo BeachBlush in Coral Beach ($26, cargocosmetics.com) can be used separately as a bronzer, blush and eye highlighter, or when swirled all together with your brush, to create the perfect bronzer blush combination to illuminate your face for a vacationed, summery look.