Jun 19, 2011

Makeup Basics 101: The Face – Blush

by Aisling Douglas

The purpose of blush is to make us look more youthful and to highlight the cheek bones.

There are two major types of blush – cream and powder –and a ton of colours. Although I’ve been wearing makeup since I was about 14, only recently have I started to actually wear blush. Now that I know how to apply it properly, it actually adds to the overall look instead of adding red clown cheeks (just think of the 80’s – the entire decade loved heavy blush).

Cream vs Powder Blush

Which one is better? Well in all honesty, it’s simply a matter of personal preference. Generally, powder blush is easier to apply for beginners. That isn’t to say that cream is difficult either.

Cream will give you a more ‘dewy’ look. Think of a look like Jennifer Lopez. It will also add a little more ‘shimmer’. A powder will give you a more matte look, but a powder with shimmer can give you the glitz you crave!

Application: Cream – Use foundation brush or a contouring brush and stipple the cream blush lightly on thi apples of your cheeks and blend backwards towards your hair. You don’t want a ‘stripe’ along your cheek, so be sure to blend. Start with a very small amount and build it up until you get the colour you desire.

Application: Powder – Take your favourite blush brush (there are many, just try out a few) and start on the apples of your cheeks and in a circular motion work your way backwards. Again, start off with a light amount and build up to the colour you would like. And as always, blend and blend, then blend some more!

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Keep coming back to Habibi Halaqas for more information on beauty basics. Leave your questions below and I’ll do my best to get back to you! Until next time ladies, happy makeup-ing!


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