After the age of 40, complexion becomes a bit duller and paler.
But the good news is that you can have a radiant and youthful glow in a matter of seconds with just a sweep of blush.
Not wearing blush is ageing. Even for those who prefer a minimal makeup look, blush is vital to lift and brighten the face.
Women often tell me they skip blush – but please don’t. Wearing blush balances your features and adds a warm and youthful glow. You can look so much more beautiful with just a quick sweep applied to the apple of cheeks.
Though there are many beautiful shades on the market, the one colour that suits women of all skin tones and ages is a peach/pink tone. I have eliminated all others colours from by beauty drawer and wear this shade day and night all year round.
My absolute favourite is the Nars cult shade ‘Orgasm‘. This beauty cult classic instantly provides a youthful and flattering glow. I have tried other brands, both inexpensive and luxury, and none match Nars for colour and staying-power.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR APPLYING BLUSH:
Never Skip Blush
Even if you prefer a minimal makeup routine, skipping blush washes you out and adds years to your face. A sweep of blush will lighten your face and add a warm, healthy glow.
When applying blush consider the shape of your face for best position. As a general rule square or heart-shaped faces should concentrate colour on the apples of cheeks. For longer or oval shapes, swipe blush along the tops of cheekbones. A round face should 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.
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.
Too Dark/Too Light
Nothing will age you quicker than wearing a too-dark blush – or conversely too-light. Warm shades with a touch of luminance provide a youthful glow.
Cream Blush for Women Over 40
As we age skin produces less oil and prone to dryness therefore many beauty experts recommend using a cream blush. Start with minimal amount, blend and build on colour as required. For stick creams, apply two or three dabs along the length of the cheeks and 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.
[This post has been edited and was originally published on this site 26.05.17]
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