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Why is the blush brush so amazing? When it comes to make up, there are really no rules. There are, though, a series of fundamental suggestions. One of the most important is… if you want professional results from your makeup, you need to use professional tools.
I am by no means suggesting that you run out and buy an arsenal of expensive makeup brushes. I am simply suggesting that you have a handful of the right brushes on hand. A great artist can work wonders on a face with very few tools, and when I’m done passing on my knowledge to you, you’ll be able to do the same.
Since flawless skin is the first building block to stunning makeup, I am going to begin with an amazing multi-functional brush every pro and consumer must have for complexion perfection. The blush brush is one of my absolute favorites, and I use it for so much more than just blush.
The Blush Brush
Uses: To apply setting powders, pressed powders, contour colors, bronzer and, of course, powder blushes.
Why it works: Powder makeups cling to the natural hairs on this rounded mid-sized brush, allowing for an even deposit on the face. The head is large enough to give a fast and even distribution but small enough to ensure ample coverage over the cheekbones and in crevices (under the eyes and around the nose).
What to do: To apply any powder makeup, dip the brush into the product, then turn the brush upside down and tap the handle on the sink. This will pull the powder down into the brush, allowing an even distribution of color as you pull it across or buff over your face. (If you don’t tap it into the brush, you may end up with too hard a lay down of color on the first place the brush hits. Some people prefer to flick the brush to remove the excess powder, but I tend to think this is messy and wasteful.) Apply dry powder foundation all over the face and any other products where needed.
Tips and tricks:
- When using foundation as a setting powder, tap the brush onto the face, allowing the foundation to ‘grab’ the powder that it needs. This will ensure that your perfectly applied foundation and concealer will not be moved by the sweeping motion of the brush.
- Setting your cream or liquid makeup with powder will extend its wear and cut down on shine.
- To use the blush brush as a buffer (for contour or bronzer application), pinch the bristles close to the ferrule (the metal section that holds the bristles in place). This will tighten the hairs and lay down a heavier application of color. Use the same technique if you wish to lay down more coverage from pressed powder, and contour powders.
This multi-use brush is a staple that will help perfect your application.
If you are happy using your fingers, let me caution you: it is not hygienic, it causes needless wear on the skin and, like I always say, fingers are to make-up like the cookie monster is to cookies; they gobble it up. If you put it on with your fingers, you are throwing away at least 25% of your product and over a lifetime, that is a lot of wasted money. Save time, save money and look better…use brushes.
Get out there and be beautiful.
Cheeks are one of the most important features when it comes to transforming the face. Instead of just showing them off with a touch of blush, let’s accentuate them with some basic contouring. Proper contouring will reshape your face. Whether you want to show off your cheekbones, or make a full face appear slimmer, this is the trick for you. Get defined cheekbones now!
Contouring with cream or powder foundation
First off, you have to find the contour color that is right for you. Whether you choose powder or cream, the ideal shade is one to two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. If you have a matte bronzer that is deep enough, you can create the illusion this way, is not, invest in a separate product.
Here’s a tip: Use only matte bronzers for this effect. The shimmer in many bronzers will catch the light, illuminate the area, and defeat the purpose.
To apply: If you are using a powder, begin at the center of the ear and sweep it along the hollow of the cheekbone. If you are using a cream product, use your fingers or a foundation brush to smooth the product in the hollow below the cheekbones. Whichever product you choose, powder or cream, be sure to stop before you reach the point where the hollow reaches the apple. The outer corner of the eye is a good guideline for most. If you are confused as to exactly where the hollow is, suck in your cheeks. That spot where the shadow falls is exactly where you want to apply your color.
The most important tip I can give you about contour color is to BLEND. The contour shade should melt effortlessly into your foundation. A hard line will look like just that, a hard line of makeup. A blended kiss of deeper color will look like the shadow thrown from a beautiful high cheekbone. As a finishing touch, warm up the apples of your cheeks with your favorite shade of blush.
Contouring with blush
The steps to this are very similar, you just need to change products and colors. Choose a cream or powder blush in a deep nude shade. Apply the cream or powder blush; sweep it from the center of the ear along the hollow of the cheekbone. Bring it right up onto the apple of the cheek like a Nike symbol. Using a more romantic, and perhaps shimmery shade, apply the color to the apple of the cheeks. A beautiful rose or flirty pink really adds light and contrast to the beautiful depth created by the contour.
Either of these techniques will slim the face, lift the cheekbones and make the face into a perfect platform to showcase the eyes and lips. Contouring is a great secret to have in your makeup arsenal.