Blush is essential in the over-40 woman’s beauty routine. Why? It instantly adds a radiant and healthy glow in one quick sweep.
Although there are different shades to suit skin tones, there is one colour that is perfect for all skin tones and ages, worn day or night – peach/pink.
Personally, I have ditched all other blush colours and wear a peach/pink blush day in, day out for work or play. My absolute all-time favourite, is the beauty cult classic Nars Orgasm which provides a natural, healthy-looking color that adds an instant flattering glow. I have tried other brands, both inexpensive and luxury, and none match Nars for colour and staying-power.
Here are some quick and easy tips for the art of #ageless blushing:
Never Skip Blush:
All too-often I hear the words “I don’t need blush because I don’t wear much makeup”. Even if you prefer a minimal makeup routine, skipping blush will wash you out and age you. A light sweep of blush will lighten your face and add a warm, healthy glow.
Balance Your Blush
When applying blush take into account the shape of your face for best position (see image below). As a general rule if you have a square or heart-shaped face, concentrate the colour on the apples of your cheeks. If your face is longer or oval, you can swipe blush along the tops of cheekbones. With a round face shape focus the blush on the side of cheeks rather than right on the apples. AND don’t forget to smile – smiling helps you find the apple of your cheeks.
Too Dark/Too Light:
Nothing will age you quicker than wearing a too-dark colour – or conversely too-light blush. A pink/peachy tone is certain to add radiance and give your face a youthful glow.
Applying the wrong shade of blush too low on your face
A common mistake is to apply blush too low on the cheeks. Start at the height of the apple of your cheek and blend it up and back to define and lift your features.
Peaches and Cream
As we age our skin produces less oil, making us more prone to dryness and many beauty experts recommend using a cream blush. Start with minimal amount and blend and build on colour as required. For stick creams, apply two or three dabs along the length of the cheeks, then blend with fingers. For pot rouges, dip a rounded sponge into beauty pot, apply to the apples of cheeks and then blend upwards along cheek bones.
If you have oily skin, apply translucent powder to cheeks before applying blush so colour will last longer.
The Right Tools
Some beauty experts recommend using an angled brush to help lift colour upwards, however a rounded brush is the tried and true fav for easy blending and building.
The Next Step
If you’re confident with makeup, set blush with a sweep of bronzer and highlighter for further glow and definition. Apply bronzer using the ‘number 3′ method to both sides of face, then set with highlighter along the top of the cheeks and blush.