Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Starting Off - Blusher

Welcome to my fifth post of 'The Starting Off Project' - founded and set up by Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice

Catch up on my previous posts:
I'm Part of #theSOproject... Are you?
Starting Off - Skincare
Starting Off - Concealer
Starting Off - Foundation
Starting Off - Bronzer

So, we've prepped and primed our skin with our skincare routine, covered our blemishes with our concealer, applied our foundation, bronzed and contoured...

Now lets talk: Blusher...
Blusher is a type of make up applied to the cheeks to add a little more colour to your complexion. It's a great product for giving you a healthy glow and helping you to look a little more radiant. 

Blusher is available in many different shades and in different forms, and many people are afraid to use it. The wrong shade, and the wrong technique can look pretty bad. It is important you don't choose shades too dark, as you're going for a healthy, flushed look, you don't want to end up resembling a clown.

Which blush is best for you?
Gel blusher - suitable for most skin types, usually available in stick form, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks and blended with fingers, works well on naked skin, blend able, build able, subtle.
Cream blusher - suitable for most skin types except oily, natural fresh look, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks and blended with fingers, great for creating a dewy glow, blend able, build able, subtle.
Powder blusher - suitable for most skin types, applied to the apples of the cheeks with a good angled blusher brush, blend able, build able, most popular, can be applied to the forehead, nose and chin for a healthy glow.
Shimmery highlighting blusher - suitable for most skin types except oily, available in powder/cream form, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks with brush/fingers, blend able, subtle shimmer.
Liquid blusher/stains - suitable for most skin types, sometimes available with own nail varnish style brush, applied directly to the apples of the cheeks then blended quickly with fingers before it dries, works well on naked skin, blend able, build able, can be subtle but stains can be quite deep, so apply softly and build if necessary.

Go for a natural colour, too strong and it can be difficult to wear and apply. And I can't stress enough about the use of a good quality brush. Cheaply made brushes, and often brushes included with the blush can shed hairs and be rubbish to apply with. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, if you don't know where these are, SMILE! See? ;) Apply circular movement to the apples of your cheeks and then sweep up towards your hairline.
And less is more.. start slowly and build up and remember to blend well!

TheBrunetteSays...
These are the blushers currently in my collection:
L-R Bellapierre Mineral Blush in suede (£20.00) | MAC Mineralize Blush in solar ray (shade no longer available) (£20.00) | MAC Cream Colour Base in hush £15.00 | MAC Powder Blush in sunbasque (£18.00) | Avon Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in pink glow (£10.00) | MAC Cream Colour Base in impropper cropper (£15.00) | Benefit 10 (shade no longer available) (£23.50) | Glossybox Blusher in glossy rosewood. 

Let's see how they look..
I apologise for the images, some aren't great quality.. bare with me ;)

MAC Cream Colour Base in impropper copper - A cream blush for a bronzed shimmer to the cheeks. I love the finish this gives, a nice dewy glow.
Glossybox Blusher - I'm not sure how this looks on me, I find it to be 'too pink' and I'm never sure if it suits me, what do you think?
Benefit 10 - The image doesn't really do it justice as it's a really nice bronzing highlighting blush that gives a really nice pearly finish.

MAC Mineralize Blush in solar ray - One of my favourites, it's such a lovely pink and shimmer colour, that gives a gorgeous glow.
Bellapierre Mineral Blush in suede - a really nice mineral powder that can be build able to create different looks.
MAC Cream Colour Base in hush - I use this as a highlighter on my cheeks, it's well used and well loved, I use it alone or over other blushes.
MAC Powder Blush in sunbasque - another well used blush, a simple powder blush for a subtle bronzed glow to the cheeks.
Avon Glow Blusher Bronzer Duo in pink glow - A new favourite of mine, I'm using this every day at the mo. I brush all over my face as a bronzer, use the bronzed side as a little contour, then the pink side as a blush on my cheeks, it gives such a nice finish.

I do own a few cheek tints yet I haven't experimented with them yet. Experiment to find what suits you.

That's my take on Blusher. Join me next week to talk Mascara.
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6 comments

  1. Great post Lianne, I love the shades of blush you use!

    Get well soon,
    Love Anoushka xxx

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  2. The benefit blush looks really lovely on you :)

    Hayfa
    http://londonloafers.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Thanks for mentioning all those types of blushers, I'd never even head of gel ones! xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Lianne, I'm really enjoying your #thesoproject posts :) they're so informative and I love how you've added photos of how the blushes look on you.
    Love Em xx
    What Em Loves

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  5. lovely post. MACs impropper copper looks gorgeous on you

    Sophie

    xxx

    http://eskaybeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. M.A.C. is my favorite blush. Loving Frankly Scarlet and Peaches right now!

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