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Two ways to apply rosy blush

Author: Canadian Living

Beauty

Two ways to apply rosy blush

This story was originally titled "Beauty 101: Blush" in the May 2008 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

Cheek stain may seem scary, but there's no reason to go pale at the sight of it. Here's why you should give this oft-overlooked blush a chance. 
1. Cheek stain has excellent staying power without the need for setting powder. 
2. On skin it looks like born-with-it rosiness from beneath the surface. 
3. Although the colour appears intense initially, it blends to mimic the natural flush of nearly all skin tones.

Step 1:  Dot, dot, dot
After moisturizing skin, lightly dot the apple of one cheek with stain and immediately blend with fingertips.

Step 2: Highlight
A soft, shimmery highlight atop your blush adds dimension to cheeks, making them look a touch fuller and younger. Tap a few dots of cream shimmer along your cheekbone and blend toward your temple. If you prefer powder, use a blush brush to dust a small amount on the tops of cheeks.

Where to apply blush
Smile! "Concentrate the colour on just the apples of your cheeks if you want to make your face appear more narrow," says Gordon Espinet, makeup artist and vice-president of makeup artistry for M.A.C Cosmetics. "If you want to make your face look wider, blend the edges up and out from the apples of your cheeks toward your temples."

Cream blush
• good for dry skin
• more emollient than stain, so after blending into cheeks, set with a light dusting of loose powder.

Products to try:
• Almay Smart Shade Blush in Berry, 15 mL, $12.95.
• Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Compact in Raspberry, 4 g, $26.
• Guerlain Divinora Bubble Blush Mousse Texture in Rose Chamallow, 5 mL, $37.

Powder blush
• good for normal to oily skin
• best option for speed
• boost staying power by dusting skin with loose powder before and after applying.

Products to try:
• Shiseido The Makeup Multi-Shade Enhancer in Sunset Glow, 10 g, $32.
• Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Bare Nudes, 5.5 g, $24.
• Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Rose Diamond, 10 g, $43.

Cheek Stain
Best for normal or oily skin, cheek stain gives a natural finish even on a bare face. You can also use it on your lips; top with lip balm or gloss.

Products to try:
• The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain, 8 mL, $16.
• Lise Watier Happy Face Tinted Cheek Gel, 10 mL, $20.
• Benefit Benetint, 12.5 mL, $28.

Shimmer
Look for a subtle shimmer luminizer without sparkle. If you go for powder highlighter over cream blush, set the blush with loose powder first.

Products to try:
• Cover FX Radiant FX Luminescent Powder in Platinum, 13 g, $32.
• Nars The Multiple cream-to-powder makeup stick in Copacabana, 14.2 g, $46.
• Rimmel Underground Dare to Bare Face and Body Luminizer in Make Me Blush, 30 mL, $9.95.

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