Have you often wondered how to choose the right blush? Blush texture is always the first thing to consider when looking for something you love. Color is important, too, but with all the colors on the market, the rainbow is endless!
Confession: Y'all! I am a blush WHORE! The brighter the better. Instant gorgeousness like a good roll in the hay! ME-OW!
Today, I am going to help you find the perfect texture blush for your skin type. There is also a video inside to show you how to create a gel/cream style blush. You're gonna feel so damn smart. Grab some wine, this is a real educational piece, so BOOKMARK this page!
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What is my skin type? Dry? Oily? Combination?
2. What kind of result am I looking for? Natural? Dramatic? Sheer? Shimmery?
3. What is the occasion? A special event? A day at the beach? First date?
Once you know the answers to your questions, then you know how to shop like a pro makeup artist…
I keep all my powder blushes in a pan and in a magnetized palette to save space in my kit
Powder blush is probably the easiest blush to use.
From beginner to pro, great formulas will blend easy and last at least 4 hours without reapplying, depending on skin type.
Here are some common characteristics of powder blush:
Finish: Natural to Dramatic (depending on brand.)
Textures: Powders come in sheer, matte, and shimmer finishes. Texture can be powdery or a creamy powder texture depending on brand. I like finely milled powders, personally.
Good for: All skin tones but dry, dehydrated skin tones may look too dry on the skin. If this happens, mix with a little Water Balm Skin Prep and make a gel stain. See video below for the technique.
Makeup Artist Pro Tip: While I think all skin tones can use powder blush, I do find some drier/dehydrated skin tones may want to opt for a cream, liquid, or gel instead. If you are dry or dehydrated, skin prep and a hydrating foundation will help overcome that.
Best Tools for Powder Blush
Depending on the desired result, any shape you choose is great. I find natural hair brushes made of pony, goat, or squirrel give best results. Synthetic brushes will work as long as they’re fluffy and not too dense.
If you have problems with synthetics and powders, don’t feel bad, they generally are not my favorites to use with powders if I am being balls-on-the-table honest.
Some of my favorite powder blushes are:
Not all creams are created equal. Some sheer out too much and some are too dry and cakey. I do like cream blushes in a stick form because they are easy to use for many people.
Cream blush is also one of the things I keep in my kit to layer UNDER powder blush. It is part of my “underpinning” and layering technique. I also like to add cream blush under airbrush foundation to give the skin an appearance that looks real.
Finish: Natural, textureless finish.
Good for: Great for all skin tones.
Makeup Artist Pro Tip: Super Oily skin tones may not get a long wear out of cream blush. A cream to powder may work best in this instance if they would like to get a more natural look.
Best Tools For Cream Blush:
Synthetics like this Mark Jacobs Foundation Brush (just use the tip) or sables are great for anything cream based.
Some of my favorite cream blushes are:
Cheek tints and stains are great for hot weather and for days you don’t want to look like you tried too hard. A good cheek stain will look like youth-recaptured. Many double as a lip. So double duty is always a bonus, especially for quick trips to the airport.
The only challenge I see with cheek stains is they can be difficult to blend for people who lack patience. But once you learn to master a cheek stain, it will become a staple in your makeup bag.
Sometimes I add a little Water Balm Skin Prep for a flush of color when I don’t want to see any added texture to the skin.
Great Blush for Dry, Normal, Mature Skin Tones
Note: These tint stains look best on makeup-free skin. There are perfect for the beach, lunch meetings, and barbecues. Anytime you want to look fresh and well rested. Oily skin tones won’t get much long wear out of some cheek stains. Brand and formula will vary.
The Finish: Sheer to Natural. Perfect for that “flushed” look. Textureless. Sexy. Chic. Great for everyday wear and for any occasion.
Best Tools for Cheek Tints & Stains:
Flat Sable brush or flat synthetic foundation brush. A “Dry Brushing” technique is best.
Some of my favorite cheek stains are:
Gel blush really gives you a sheer wash of color. This is the perfect example of “kiss it don’t fuck it.” There are some great jelly textures coming to the market that are also full of rich, high pigment color.
Pro Makeup Artist Tip: Put on gel blush before you use any type of powder. Depending on the texture, gel blushes can grab to powders and the result will be a chunky mess. That ain't cute.
The Finish: Natural to dramatic, depending on the formula. Skin-like texture. Sheer. Great for quick grocery store runs or to the gym.
Best Tools for Gel Blush: Flat Sable brushes or synthetic hair brushes.
Some of my favorite gel blushes are:
Cheek sticks usually come in a cream or gel formula. Cream blush sticks are easy to apply, and great for travel, depending on the formula. Cheek sticks also come in chubby sticks formulas. Cream blush in a stick or roll up are some of my favorites because it helps cream blushes last longer in packaging.
The Finish: Natural to dramatic, depending on the formula. Skin like finish. Great for travel, quick fixes, great to keep in your purse.
Best Tools for Cheek Blush Sticks:
Flat sable brush or a synthetic flat foundation brush in combination with fingers. Apply directly from stick then blend out with a clean brush to soften edges.
For new pros: scrape to a palette and apply with a brush. Do not use directly from stick-on clients. #sanitation101
Some of my favorite cheeks sticks are:
One of my favorite things to use ever is liquid blush. If I was left with nothing on a desert island, liquid blush would be on my top list of things to take. I like this best for all skin tones and when I really want to create a dramatic look using our “underpinning” technique.
As a pro, I like it best because I can keep it sanitary and it travels nicely.
Great for: All skin tones, although with oily skin tones, mileage may vary, depending on the formula.
The Finish: Natural to Dramatic. Skin like textureless finish. Melts into the skin. Seamless. Drool-worthy.
Pro Tip: Use before powder so it will glide on the skin. Layer in thin layers to build up the color.
Some of my favorite liquid blushes are:
I hope this post helps you discover natural blushes in a whole new way!
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