Blush is one of those things which instantly brightens up the face but tends to get forgotten about. It can be really hard to know where you should be applying the blush on your cheek and what colour is best.
Let's start with choosing a colour. A good rule of thumb to remember is that powders go darker on the skin, so if you buy what looks like a brownie/ nude colour which you think might look natural on, actually turns out kinda muddy and dark. My absolute favourite blush to use is Bobbi Brown Pale Pink and I was delighted to find out at a recent masterclass with Liz O’Malley - Bobbi Brown Global Artist (she works personally with Bobbi herself), that Bobbi Brown recommends Pale Pink for all skin tones and it is her “go to” pop of colour! Basically it is a cool toned, clear pink so it has no brown undertones which can make a blush get that muddy look. At a glance it almost looks flourescent pink and I actually try and hide it from my clients so they don’t freak out ha ha!
If you get the chance to stop in at a Bobbi Brown counter at any stage make sure you check it out, it will give you a better idea of what to look for.
The other important thing to take into account is the texture and pigment . Bobbi Brown blushers are highly pigmented so a little goes a long way (I used my last one every day of my life for 5 years and i still have some left, no joke), also the finish isn’t powdery. If your blush just sweeps on without much colour and looks like it is sitting on top of your skin then get rid of it because it is going to be a waste of time.
Now how do you apply it?
Make sure you have some sort of base on, whether it be foundation or tinted moisturiser then set it with a pressed powder. If you don’t at least set your cheeks then your blush might stick to places and go patchy.
Look into the mirror and smile, the apples of your cheek should pop out and that’s where you want most of the colour to go. See the before and after photos above for a better idea.
Using a fluffy blush brush (very important that it is soft and fluffy!! Do not use the crappy skinny brush that often comes with blushers), pat your blush all over the apple of your cheek and make sure the edges are blended. Then sweep any excess up the cheek bone. Start with a little amount and build it up as you need to rather than slapping a whole lot on and having to take it all off and start again. My favourite brush is my Bobbi Brown Blush Brush.
I generally always use a highlighter because i just like the look of it, so this is when i would add a highlighter to my cheek bone and halfway onto my blush. I actually use my blush brush for this.
To finish off I like to pick up my foundation brush which usually has a bit of excess left on it and blend over the edges to soften it even more.
To complete this look just groom your brows, apply a few coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes and finish with a gloss or lipstick. You could go anything from a nude gloss to bright red lips for more of a festive look for Christmas.