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It’s really easy to overdo blusher and end up looking like a circus clown, so stick to the old adage; less is more for this particular cosmetics range. Blush is used to enhance the cheekbones and bring out colour in the eyes, not to make you look like you’ve just run a marathon in full nightclub regalia.

Go easy with blusher, and use a large, soft brush to apply, remember – just because it doesn’t look like there’s a lot on the brush, doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot on your face.

Application of Blush

With brush in hand, it might seem obvious how to apply blusher, but if you’re not careful, your perfectly made-up face will be overcooked and you’ll have to start all over again. Take a moment to consider what face shape you have, this is related to how you should add the finishing touches to your make-up.

Load the brush with a gentle circular motion, then shake it out a little whilst blowing lightly on it, this removes any clumps and excess powder. If you’re not sure how to work with your face shape, here are some helpful tips:

Oval faces – Give a big smile and apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks for a rosy, healthy glow that looks natural and understated.

Round faces – Avoid piling on the blusher if you’ve got a round face, it will only make it look rounder. If you’re not tempted by the ‘jolly’ look, smile, then add a little blusher to the area just above the apple of your cheek, blend it forward a little to elongate the face and give definition to the cheekbones.

Square faces – We’re going all the way up to the temples with the brush this time, but don’t apply too liberally in order to avoid a war-paint effect. Soften the angles of your face with a thin layer in a shade that complements your facial tone.

Long faces – Keep the application in the centre of your face to create width, move it towards your ears in a single sweeping motion. Careful not to overload the brush in this case, you don’t want obvious lines to appear.

Match your blusher with your skin tones

It’s much easier to test blush than it is foundation, for the obvious reason that blusher goes on top, and doesn’t require all over application, but there are still some things to remember about colours in relation to skin tones.

Blushers are great for giving shape and a healthy glow to pale faces, without appearing too unnatural (when used correctly) and a general rule to follow is that lighter skins look better with light shades such as peaches and roses, and darker skins are complimented by dark reds and pinks. Of course, this isn’t set in stone, but it helps to have a vague idea of what you might want to shop for.

The great thing about blusher is that it can turn simple day make-up into an evening look with just a swoosh of the brush. Glittery products are perfect for adding a little extra sparkle to a natural skin tone, and matte types can bring out shades of lipstick and make your eyes twinkle.

Two products that prove consistently to be best sellers in the cosmetics industry are Accessorise Baked Blusher – a product from Superdrug’s own range, and Bourjois blusher – which has been a favourite with make-up artists and consumers for more than a century. What’s more, they’re both under ten pounds, great make-up doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Techniques for applying blush and lusher

Everyone has their own techniques when it comes to applying make-up, but here are a few useful things to remember if you’re just finding your routine:

1.Blusher goes on last. This should be obvious, because if you try to put foundation over the top of it, not only will you defeat the point of applying blusher in the first place, but also you’ll end up with a mess of different cosmetics on your face that won’t take properly anyway.

2.The larger the brush the better. That is to say, don’t use a miniature one to draw lines on your face with the powder. A large round brush allows the product to be evenly distributed and means you won’t have to make more than one application.

3. Don’t touch the underside of your cheekbones. This is a common mistake with cosmetic wearers; it’s tempting to sweep the brush from chin to temple whilst sucking in the cheeks. If you’re going for a hollow, gothic look, this could work for you, but generally speaking, it will make your face look gaunt and thin. The point of blusher is to make you look healthy and natural, so unless it’s fancy dress, stick to the apple of your cheeks when applying.