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8.26.2014

Building Your Makeup Kit / Collection #3 - Blusher


Hey guys! This is going to be the 3rd instalment in my series on starting / building up your makeup collection. This time the subject is blush! I'm going to talk about different formulations and the different shades to suit your skin tone. Let's get started...

1. Formulation:

So, there are varying types of blush from powder, to liquid to cream and gel. It's best to give them all a try to find the one that suits you best or the one you find easier to work with.

I'd say powder and cream are the most popular types of blush with powder arguably being the most common. Powder blushers are easily applied and very buildable. They are particularly good for those of us with oily skin or those of us who want a good, long lasting colour.

MUA Blushes are super pigmented and retail at
just £1, the colour range is decent as well so they
make great starter blushes.
Buy at Superdrug for £1

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Cream blushers are often more instantly pigmented than powders and therefore should be use sparingly. You'll need to blend them well for a even Finish but it often give you more of a natural look.

Topshop make some really nice cream blushes
which are popular in the beauty community. This
particular shade is called Flush.
Buy at Topshop for £7.00

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Gel and liquid blushers are generally considered great for normal to oily skin because there are often oil free and water resistant making them long lasting too. They are also however fast drying meaning you'll need to work fast when blending them onto the skin. As with cream blushers, they will provide you with a soft flush of colour.

Benefit's Benetint is a popuar liquid cheek and lip stain.
It gives a beautiful and natural flush of colour to
the cheeks and lips!
Buy at Boots for £24.50

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If you're starting off, you can't go wrong with a good powder blush and then you can easily try other formulations and types from there!

** Your skin type is also something to consider when choosing formulation, similarly to what we discussed in my foundation post. For example, you may find cream or liquid blushers work better for you if you have dry skin whilst powder might be great if you have oily skin. Try them out and give them a go and you'll eventually find what works for you. **


2. Skin Tone:

Of course, perhaps the most important factor to consider when buying blusher if your skin tone. Pinks, plums, reds, corals and oranges are the main colours of blush you'd usually purchase. Within these colour categories there are certain shades that will suit a particular skin tone more so than others. A flattering shade of blusher can do wonders for a makeup look and can help to make you look younger - yes, younger!

Fair Skin -

Baby pink blushes are great for those of you with fair skin. This is because it's going to super natural on your skin tone and give you that subtle flush of colour. Peach is also a really lovely shade for fair skinned ladies - and anyone else, actually. Peach is a shade worn by pretty much anyone and it's flattering on us all.
NARS Orgasm is a beautiful peach blush loved
by many. It's perfect for fair skin.
Buy at LookFantastic for £21.50

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Medium Skin -

Blushers in apricot shades are great because they have that warmth that medium skin already has but it's still subtle enough for a natural addition of colour. On medium skin, this shade is soft and fresh. Mauve and berry shades are also really beautiful on medium skin tones, they're great for adding a little bit of an intense colour to the cheeks for that extra edge.
MAC's PeachTwist is a beautiful shade that is
very flattering on medium skin.
 Buy at MAC for £18.00

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Olive Skin -
If you have more of an olive skin tone, a peach with more orange in it is great for you. This is because the warm tones of this shade of blush will really help to make the skin look glowy. Rose is the perfect shade of pink for you girls will olive skin, it's not too intense but it's still a strong enough colour to give you a beautiful and natural flush.

Life's a Peach from Sleek is a beautiul warm
shade that will look great on olive skin tones.
Buy at Superdrug for £4.49

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Dark Skin -

Though to someone with fairer skin a deep purple would be rather scary, darker skinned girls can really pull off this colour. Those of who with dark skin don't have to afraid of intense pigment because your skin can really hold it up - you really want to go for the bold shades to get a really nice amount of colour payoff. A fiery orangey-red is also perfect for dark skin, though it may seems extremely intense, once again the stronger the colour the better. This shade is going to give you a true and actually rather natural flush of colour.

MAC's Frankly Scarlet is a deep, rich red
full of pigment that is really going to give a great
colour payoff on darker skin tones.
Buy at MAC for £18.00

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And there you have all you really need to know on choosing the right blush for you. The right shade can truly change your whole look and just a little of it can make you look so much more awake, so much more fresh and yes, even younger! There are so many shades of blush out there and my best advice would be to give any that catch you eye ago and not to be afraid of bright colours!

As always, I hope this post was helpful and interesting and thank you for reading!


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