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The right blush can brighten dull skin, create the illusion of cheekbones and make you look younger.
“Blush helps bring warmth to the face and creates a healthy look,” says M.A.C Cosmetics senior artist Jane McKay. Here are our tips on how to achieve a radiant glow.
Picking a random hue won’t cut it if you’re looking for a healthy flush. Find out which colour will make you glow—even in the darkest depths of winter.
From left: Hard Candy Glow All the Way Blush Crush in Punch, $7.50, walmart.ca. Elizabeth Grant Beautiful Colours Cream Blush in Peach, $20, elizabethgrant.com. Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Bittersweet, $32, urbandecay.ca.
For fair skin: Petal pink is the most natural choice for people with alabaster skin.
For olive skin: Those with warmer complexions should stick to subtle coral, soft mauve and pale plum.
For dark skin: The struggle is real when you’re searching for a blush that pops against dark complexions. Don’t be afraid of fuchsia, magenta and hot pink—as long as they’re blendable.
Blush in creamy or liquid form will impart the most natural-looking flush and often melts right into the skin for a seamless finish. “I especially love cream blush in the winter and on
dry or dehydrated skin,” says McKay. It won’t look chalky, like some powders can.
A sponge or your finger works best with creams—just remember to smile to find the apples of your cheeks. If using a sponge, stipple the product onto your cheeks, then blend the perimeter so it fades naturally. Using your hand warms up the product, making for an easier blend.
“Powder blush is very easy to apply and gives you a much more finished, intentional look,” says McKay. Make sure to apply this type of blush to moisturized skin and use a light hand. Powder can be built up quickly, and an overly saturated colour can overpower the face.
“I rarely use a big brush when applying blush,” says McKay. “I prefer to control where I place the product.” Use a rounded brush—it should fit the apples of your cheeks perfectly. Or you can use a fan duster brush to create a line along the cheeks.
Our picks for the most flattering hues and formulas.
(Clockwise from top left) Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Yacht Lyfe, $31, sephora.ca. Rodial Blusher in South Beach, $38,. Nars Liquid Blush in Torrid, $38, sephora.ca. Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Synthetica, $13, nyxcosmetics.ca. Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette in Golden Bronze, $10, walmart.ca. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Shimmering Lotus, $34, beautyboutique.ca. Lise Watier Glam Celebration Duo Blush, $38, lisewatier.com.