Blush or rouge is a cosmetic typically used to redden the cheeks to create a more youthful appearance, give off an impression of good health and emphasize the cheekbones.
Historically, blush was used as far back as ancient Egypt, and it was also applied on the lips the way lipstick would be used today. In Britain’s Victorian Age, when wearing makeup was associated with low morals and promiscuity, ladies resorted to pinching their cheeks (and biting their lips) to make them appear red instead. During the Regency period in England, both men and women wore blush.
Brushing a little blush on different areas of the face – eyelids, brow bone, bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead – is a quick way to add radiance and life to the face. Using blush after applying foundation and concealer helps bring color back into the face and keeps you from looking like a ghost. The best blush makes you look as if you’ve just finished a workout—you want that glow in your skin.
There are 5 main types of blush.
Powder blush like the Acymer Skin-Touch Blusher is great for all skin types, but works best for oily skin. Because it is the densest of blushes, it provides a hardy, long-lasting color. It’s also easy to apply because it’s very easy to blend.
Cream blush is particularly suited for dry or aging skin because it is rich and moisturizing and leaves you with a fresh, youthful look. This type of blush is best applied with the fingers.
Gel blushes provide a sheer glow and work best on oily and normal skin. However, they dry out quickly so you have to act fast when applying or you could end up looking blotchy.
Like gel blush, tints are fast-drying, quick to set and can look streaky over foundation. If you’re going to use it, blend it fast and well. Once a tint blush has set, it won’t budge until you wash your face.
These are great for giving a light gleam to your cheekbones and are best used for nighttime. Shimmers are the kind of blush used to target and highlight specific areas on your face, such as the forehead, the bow of your upper lip and the inner corners of your eyes. Avoid applying shimmer on wrinkled or dark spots, since these will accentuate them.
To apply blush with a brush, lightly swirl your blush brush in your blush color. Tap off any excess to avoid having a huge blot of color on your cheek (as with most makeup products, light application is key).
Smile, girl! The round parts of your cheeks (the apples) that show when you smile are what you apply blush on. Lightly brush the color onto the apples until you have a bit of color on them. The more you apply, the brighter the color will appear on your cheeks. Avoid pressing hard on your cheeks as it may damage the brush.
Work your way back towards your hairline in a smooth diagonal shape, running the brush back and forth along your cheekbone. When you’ve covered the cheekbone, don’t forget to blend the blush by rubbing the blush into the skin in a circular motion to make it look more natural.
If you don’t have any blush on you, lipstick is a good alternative. Simply dab a bit onto the apples of your cheeks. It makes a very bold blush, so make sure to blend well. Lipstick also stays on long!
Blushes come in a variety of colors, from rouge to plum. Choose the one that looks best on your skin. Choosing a pink or a peach shade works for all skin colors, but lighter shades work best for fair skin and darker shades shine on olive and dark skin.