The 10 Commandments of Blush
A peachy glow can be the cherry on top of a fresh-face look, but one heavy handed stroke can take you from chic to clown in no time. The seasons may change but you can bet on these 10 commandments never budging an inch!
1. Thou shalt start with a clean canvas
A rosy glow is gorgeous, but when you suffer from rosacea or redness your blush can compete with the natural color of your cheeks. Buff your favorite foundation onto clean skin to pop on color where you want it!
Blushes come in powders, creams, liquids and stains. Oily skin Vixen's should choose a powder -- which helps soak up oil. Aging and dry skin Vixen's will love a cream formula that won't wiggle it's way into fine lines or accentuate dry, patchy skin.
The wrong tools are usually culprits of uneven blush. Tackle intimidating shades with a fan brush for a delicate dusting. Or use a dense, fluffy brush for an even wash of color. For cream and stain formulas keep it simple and tap on the shade with your fingertips.
Avoid looking like a clown by picking one of your favorite facial features and making it glam! Smokey eyes and vibrant cheeks are hot, just not all at once. Achieve a perfectly balanced look by dusting natural shades over cheeks when the eyes or lips are dramatic.
Just in case you went overboard with the blush, don’t panic -- there's a fix. Dab a tiny bit of foundation onto a stippling brush and apply it to cheeks to lightly diffuse the color. If you have a damp beauty blender on hand tap it over the color until the clownish effect is gone.
Blush can easily look uneven and overdone. For foolproof application, designate one brush to apply the color and one clean brush to blend with. You can pull off even the most intimidating blushes by blending like a pro.
Give your blush a fighting chance by setting your liquid foundation with a powder. Not only will your foundation stay in place but the powder will soak up the oil, leaving your blush sitting pretty.
Glitter is your enemy when it comes to accentuating fine lines and large pores. Stick with finely milled shimmer formulas or better yet, go matte!
You know that gorgeous glow you have post-- ahem-- workout? Fake the glow without the sweat by pinching one cheek, then swatch blushes on the other cheek until you find the perfect match.
If you don't have Naomi Campbell-like cheek bones, don't worry! Sweep the blush under the cheekbones instead of the apples of the cheek for some much needed structure. Pop a highlight along the cheekbones to compliment the look!