8 best blush types and how to apply them
Highlighting products have retained hero-status among our beauty routines recently - with all the glimmery goodness on counters you can hardly blame us, right?!
But, we feel like they might have been hogging attention from an equally important product that hasn’t been getting as much cred as it deserves lately.
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There’s plenty to be said for humble blush to provide equally youthful, glowing and flattering (less tired!) results.
Plus, blush is far from humble these days! To prove it, below we break down 8 different texture/delivery types, their pro and cons, application tips, and some great picks in each category.
What it is: The most common form of blush, it usually comes pressed into a compact and is usually applied with a fluffy makeup brush.
Why we love it: Arguably the easiest form of blush, matte or slightly pearlescent powder blush works on a wide range of skin types and providing you use a quality product, gives good colour payoff on all skin tones. It’s also easy to apply a sheer and subtle hint, particularly on very pale skin, or a more dramatic draping of colour. The downside of powder is that it’s not the longest lasting. The warmth in your skin has a tendency to to minimise it’s intensity so touch ups may be required.
How to apply: Swirl a blush brush gently over the surface of the pan. Some people like to lightly tap off the excess before applying by buffing onto cheeks in a circular motion, starting on the apples and moving slightly outwards towards your ears. Start with minimal colour - it's far easier to add more, than minimise a heavy-handed application.
What is it:Cream blush has an emollient texture with high pigment, usually pressed into a small compact or pot. If you’re not confident about where to place it, it can be considered more tricky to apply than other forms.
Why we love it: Longer lasting and with more intense pigment, cream blush gives a natural, youthful, slightly dewy glow of colour. It's great for most skin types but particularly dry or aging skin which can be sometimes be emphasised with powder.
How to apply: The easiest way is to dab a finger onto the surface of the bush. Smile, and then tap into the apples of cheeks and up to the cheekbones before blending quickly in a circular motion. Some people also like to warm the product on the back of a hand and then apply, or dab and then blend on with a dense bristle or duo-fibre brush.
What is it: With much the same finish as cream blush above, stick blush is slightly more dense and set into a tube that can be wound up.
Why we love it: Stick blush cuts out an application step so it’s super quick to apply. They also come in cheap as chips or more luxury versions with great colour payoff that shows up well on deeper complexions.
How to apply: Just swipe on and blend with fingers. If you’re tentative, using a pinky toned lipstick and dabbing it on to cheeks before blending gives much the same effect.
What is it: Like just-eaten-an-ice-block-lips, tints provide intense but sheer, see-through colour that stains skin, so it has great lasting-power. This makes it ideal for hotter climates or oily skin types.
Why we love it: A pinch-your-cheeks flush that looks youthful and natural, it will not transfer or rub off quickly. It also works well on lips.
How to apply: In order to avoid overdoing it, apply a little to the back of your hand and then tap lightly into cheeks with a finger. Use a clean finger to blend sideways and upwards towards the highest point of your cheeks. There should be no visible edges when fully blended. A little goes a long way with this and will likely stain fingertips/hands too, so work quickly and wash your hands! Dry patches will catch colour so exfoliating and moisturising first is also useful.
What is it: A gel- textured tint that usually comes in a tube.
Why we love it: It glides and blends more easily that a liquid stain. It’s usually slightly less intense than liquid tint but still gives a lovely dewy, just-come-from-yoga flush.
How to apply: Squeeze a touch onto fingertips and blend onto skin with your middle or ring finger.
What is it: An opaque liquid that often has pearlised particles and a runny texture. They often come with skin-perfecting and hydrating ingredients and are great for dry/dull skin that needs a pick me up.
Why we love it: These have a unique texture that looks like liquid powder and offer a luminous, buildable application. If you love makeup, you’ll love this product! With the right shade selection it works well on any skintone.
How to apply: Shake well to mix the formula. Apply a couple of dots of colour to cheeks and blend with a dense brush. Alternatively apply to the back of your hand than then dab with a dense face brush before blending into cheeks.
What is it: A powder or cream formula shot through with shimmer, either obvious or almost imperceptible that creates lit-from-within skin.
Why we love it: Love highlighters but short on time? Skin looking a little tired and dull? These will up your glow in no time. Shimmer blush can make skin look luminous but it also shines a spotlight on texture like large pores, blemishes and fine lines.
How to apply: Focus a little higher than the apples of cheeks, like you would a highlighter. If necessary, layer with a matte blush first and just a touch of shimmer on top.
Why we love it: A hun needs options! Just like we change up our lipstick, it's handy to switch up cheek colour to complement everything else you're wearing. Peach tones and pink tones are go-to’s but stronger colours are also useful, even if you don't reach for them every day.
How to apply: With a good quality blush brush. You can even customise with a bit from each pan if you’re feeling it! Don't forget to clean the brush between uses.
Which is your favourite type of blush?