All the cool new ways we're wearing blush in 2020
Make no mistake; blush is a game-changer. Want supermodel cheekbones? Contour with blush. Want to fake that ‘after-workout’ flush? Blush is your bestfriend. Want instantly healthier-looking skin? Reach for that blush, sis!
While we’re sure everyone and their mums have some variation of blusher in their handbags, it’s a product that is often overlooked in our makeup routines – but, thankfully, not for long.
Ahead, we show you all the cool new ways to rock the humble rouge in 2020.
Drunk blush is a makeup look popularised by Japanese MUA, Igari Shinobu in late 2015. The look requires extending the blush from cheek to cheek and through the bridge of the nose, mimicking the natural flush some of us get after a few glasses of bubbly.
How do I do it?
Despite the name, getting the ‘drunk blush’ look requires zero alcohol. All you need is your favourite cream or liquid blush, a blush powder in a similar colour and a blush brush.
First, dot your cream or liquid blush on the highest points of your cheekbones, under the eyes and on the sides of the nose.
Using a combination of tapping and swiping motions, blend the blusher in with your fingers until there are no harsh lines visible.
Once you’re happy with how it looks, dip into your blush powder, tap off the excess and lightly apply over where the cream/liquid base is, making sure to sweep the colour slightly on the bridge of your nose.
This step will help enhance the colour and set the wet base in place.
Time for some #inspo…
Got date night coming up? Check out this flirty and romantic beat from MUA Anthea Bueno, who paired the look with flirty lashes and fluffy brows:
Add a touch of sweetness to your full-glam beat, a la this look created by cosmetics founder and MUA, Albert Kurniawan (@abtkurniawan):
Blended with eyeshadow
We have Rihanna herself to thank for introducing us to this striking blush look. The singer turned makeup mogul debuted the blended-with-eyeshadow-blush style at the 2017 Met Gala and has left us obsessed since.
As the name suggests, all it takes is blending blusher with eyeshadow to create a striking halo effect around the face.
How do I do it?
For this look all you need is your favourite blush, a small and fluffy blending brush for the eyes and a blush brush.
Start with applying your blush like normal, or if you’re after a Rihanna-esque look, go in with a slightly heavier hand.
Following this, dip your blending brush into the same colour, taking it up to the temples, over onto the eyes, then back to the cheeks - think of it like creating an inverted C on the side of your face.
The key is to blend! Blend! Blend! What we want is to blur the lines between where the blusher ends and the eyeshadow begins.
#Inspo coming your way in 3… 2… 1…
We’re head over heels in love with this monochromatic look created by UK-based makeup artist and creative, Levi-Jade Taylor:
For a radiant and poppy pink flush, take a leaf out of MUA, Perryn Morris’ book:
Yoga skin blush
If you’re after a healthy and natural-looking flush (sans a trip to the gym or a yoga studio) then this look is for you. Dubbed as the ‘yoga skin’ blush, this look celebrates your natural complexion and is heavy on the ‘lit from within’ factor.
How do I do it?
The goal for this look is to make it appear as natural as possible. Makeup artist, Sarah Hill, recommends starting off with hydrated and radiant-looking skin.
For blush, using a cheek tint or a cream blusher is ideal as it gives a more natural-looking finish and allows for better control when blending.
Once your base is applied, dot your cheek tint or cream blusher on the apples of your cheeks. Using dabbing motions gently blend the product into the skin, making sure to diffuse any harsh lines or colour.
Unlike the other two blush styles, the yoga skin blush appears more light and sheer.
Ready for some inspo?
Check out this drool-worthy look from Sunnies Face, featuring radiant yoga skin with a dab of blush on the cheeks:
British MUA Sara Obey nails the look on model Anelia Moor:
What blush look are you wearing from this list? Tell us in the comments!
Main image: @sunniesface