~ Make Blush Last All Day ~
July 27, 2009
Ever notice how one of the first things to disappear from your makeup look is your blush? What a shame since blush is the balancing act between your eyes and lips and what really makes you look alive and healthy while giving a bit of shape and dimension to your face.
Here are a few tips to make sure that healthy look stays all day…and maybe even into the night for you super social butterflies…
First, make sure that you are always applying a PRIMER before applying foundation to make sure that the products you apply afterward have a base to adhere to. SMASHBOX makes an excellent primer, and drugstore brands work as well. RIMMEL is a good example of a brand that is easily accessible and affordable.
Once foundation is applied, do NOT set it with powder just yet….
Now, for this next step you will want to invest in a good cream blush or cream color base.
My Pick: MAC makes an excellent cream color base that I prefer because I have oily skin. I find that the cream blush is more slick and best suited for dryer skins but that is only my experience and preference.
Using your clean fingers, touch a small bit of product to the apple of your cheek and blend in slowly and evenly. The heat from your skin will warm the cream and help this process.
Thought: Try this process out on a day off or weekend to give yourself a little practice before attempting this half awake and getting ready for work in a rush;)
If you overdo it (it happens!) simply take a damp cosmetic sponge and gently dab off the parts that have excess and/or swipe the edges that may have gone a bit too far. If you have REALLY overdone it, use a bit of your foundation on the sponge to clean up and around the area;)
Once satisfied with the amount and placement, you can apply your favorite powder blush shade…
My Picks: MAC TENDERLING is a great pink shade for light skin tones, SECRET BLUSH by MAC is one I recommend for medium/tan skin tones and MAC FLIRT & TEASE is a great plummy color for dark skin tones.
Just touch the blush brush onto the color but do NOT swipe it back and forth or you will likely end up with too much product. It is always easier to add than take away;) Now, tap off any excess and gently TOUCH the color down onto the apple of your cheek. With the same gentle touch-down motion, work your way back and slightly up toward the temple. Then blend it in well.
Go slowly with even strokes. Be mindful that you aren’t moving it all over your cheek so you don’t end up looking like you are ready to perform in a circus event;) We have all done it. We have all witnessed it. Not pretty…;)
Now, you can set it all with a setting powder. I prefer BEN NYE translucent set powder and MAC also makes a wonderful translucent set powder. For you mineral lovers, BARE ESCENTUALS’ Mineral Veil is also a wonderful option.
And there you have it! Blush to last all day;)
Layering is an age old trick to achieving long wear in makeup and blush is no different. For natural looks, using a cream colored base in a very neutral light color will allow your blush color to be natural and last longer. Using a darker cream color base with give more depth for a more dramatic or evening look.
Now, less touch ups through the day, less makeup to haul around in your bag and more bang for your blush-bucks. Smile! You saved money and didn’t even have to switch to Geico!