Blush 101: Buying & Applying

You’re a wonderful mother, wife, sister and friend, and you’re pretty darn good at your job. Why, then, are you abysmally inept when it comes to doing something as seemingly simply as buying and applying blush to your face? You either look like a clown or you look as if you haven’t applied a thing.

It’s about time you understood, once and for all, how to choose the right color blush, and exactly how to use it so you look like a blushing beauty! After you’ve applied foundation, powder, mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, a little bit of blush on your cheeks will give your face a flattering and harmonious look.

sherrySherry Hafassa is a 53-year-old, French makeup artist and beauty expert who has trained at the prestigious Steiner beauty school of London, appointed by the Queen.

During her career, she has worked as a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics in London and Dubai, and now is a freelancer in the UK and France.

Sherry is frequently complimented about the glow of her skin, and wants to share her beauty expertise and makeup tips with other FabOverFifty women. Now, settle into your seats and pay attention!

1. Choose a blush color to complement your natural skin tone: Peach and light rose for fair-to-medium complexions; orangey or deep berry for darker skin tones.

SHERRY’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Powder blushes are best for well- hydrated skin.
MAC Powder Blush adheres lightly to the skin for natural-looking color.
Modern Mandarin for darker complexions
Moka for olive skin
Melba for fair-to-medium-complexions

Cream blushes are convenient for dry and sensitive skin because they don’t dry it, and they’re easier to blend than powders. They don’t last as long as powders, however, when we sweat or are exposed to sunlight.

Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush magically transforms into a powder when it touches the warmth of your skin, so it will last longer. It features a blend of rose, mimosa, jojoba and sunflower waxes to moisturize and protect your skin from dehydration, and vitamin E to guard against free-radical damage.

CLARINSRosewood for pale and olive skins
Grenadine for very dark complexions

L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Blush, available in 12 true-to-life shades to precisely match your skin tone and undertone, so you get a “natural flush of color.”
Apricot Kiss and Bare Honey are two of Sherry’s favorite shades

Bourjois Creme Blush, available in four shades, includes poppy and apricot extracts and mango butter. Also transforms into powder on your cheeks to give you a “second-skin feel and natural glow.”
Nude Velvet is Sherry’s favorite

2. A bronzing powder is a nice addition to your makeup kit because it will give you a hint of a glow during the winter and compliment a soft tan in the summer.

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer offers four tones in one, and can be used for light contouring across the forehead, down and around the cheekbones, along the jawline and in the middle of the chin. Apply it on top of your lightly applied blush. 

 

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  • Grace Valenzuela Lemos

    Spell check doesn’t work with wrong words. Proofreading content is important too. Subheading No. 3 of Blush 101 is a perfect example of poor proofreading. I see so much of this type of error now days.

  • faby

    Thank you Sherry for your precious advice! I wish I had all these tips when I was younger 🙁 I remember my husband telling me I looked like an Indian warrior. Now it makes sense.