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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Starting Off: Blusher

Well hello there lovelies! Week 5 of #theSOproject is upon us! Taking the spotlight this week is Blusher!
Such a lovely part of your everyday routine to make you look and feel more healthy.  As usual, I will explain the basics of what blusher is, the different types, how it is used and of course my current favourites!

What is Blusher?
Blusher aims to do what it says in the name.. blush.  The key to a healthy looking face is glowing cheeks - which is why we use blusher!  The application of blusher is fairly straight forward, however it can be easily overdone which we really don't want (unless you want to look like a clown, lol).  There are lots of different types and shades of blusher, which you want to choose according to your skintone.

Different types of Blusher

Powder Blushers - Powder blush is probably the oldest and most common form of blusher.  It is best for oily skin but can be used for every skin type.  It is easy to apply using a blusher brush and can usually be built up to your desired shade.

Cream Blushers - These are becoming more and more popular lately, with most high street brands bringing out their own versions and I am absolutely loving it.  A lot of them are cream to powder blushes, which makes them so easy to apply.  They offer more intense shade than a powder blush, and can be easily blended in using your fingers.  They work on all skin types, but work particularly well on dry skin, due to the fact they are creamy and a little moisturising.

Gel Blushers - I've never actually tried a gel blusher myself, although I have got my eye on a couple.  They are said to be best for oily skin, as they tend to have longer lasting power and are oil-free.  I've heard that once you apply, you have to work fast before it settles.

Cheek Tint / Stains - Another form of blush I haven't used (think I'm a bit scared) as I've always thought that they were for the really advanced make up users haha.  They are the fastest drying of all of the above blush types, and will not budge until you wash your face on the evening.  Great for weddings or nights out.  I will try one, one day!

How to apply
First of all, you want to choose your blush type and shade. You want to choose a shade that will enhance your features and add a nice healthy, but subtle glow. If you have really pale skin, it is probably best to opt for pinky/peachy shades as opposed to the brighter reds.

Depending on the type of blush you choose, you will either want to use a brush (for powder blushers) or simply your fingertips.  If you choose to use a brush, the brushes/powder balls you sometimes get with blushers are usually a bit crappy.  I recommend buying the Real Techniques Blush Brush (review here).  You want to start on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards towards your temples.

My Current Favourites
My favourite blushers at the moment are highly thought of in the blogging world for good reason;

  • Sleek Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold (held as a dupe for Nars Orgasm at a fraction of the price) £4.49 only in Superdrug
  • Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush in 04 Sweet Cherry £7.99 in Boots
  • Topshop Blush Stick in Sneakpeak (bought in sale from £10 to £5. Not sure if they still sell these)
I honestly love these 3 blushers. I keep the Topshop one in my handbag at all times as it's just so easy to apply. It looks shocking pink and I was honestly a bit scared of using it but it can be applied ever to slightly with your fingers for a lovely pinky glow.  My favourite has the be the Bourjois though, the colour is just amazing and they are a dream to blend - you've probably read about them already - BEST ever!!! x

And that's it.  Hope this post helped, even if just a little.  I look forward to reading and hopefully picking up some more tips on everyone elses posts.
Byee for now!

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