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Published on: 07 Jul 2009 by amaay
first choose the colour using nature as your guide. according to 'instyle', the trick is to find a colour that matches your cheeks when they're flushed after exercise or being out in the cold. for a quick test, 'spank' your cheeks and use the resulting colour as a guide. [i suggest doing this in the comfort of your own home away from other people] another trick is to match your lip colour. fair skin looks great in rose, olive in peach and dark skin in apricot or even red.
now that you have the color, choose the right formula for your skin type. powder is typically best for oily & combo skin. cream is great for dry skin. liquid and gel are great for oily skin. for even better results, combine cream and powder together.
apply foundation, eye colour & lipstick. while blush is usually your second to last make-up step [before powder], you should experiment with what works best for you. some make-up artists like to apply blush before foundation for a more 'natural' look.
throw out the freebie 'barbie-size' blush brush that comes with the blush. use a professional full brush instead [i like 'mac blush brush number one hundred and sixteen], but don't use the same brush you use for your powder.
put the blush on your brush, tapping off any excess or put a dab of gel on your fingers.
look into the mirror and smile. this helps you figure out where the 'apple' of your cheek is.
since you want a healthy flush, it's best to apply blush only to apples of your cheeks. keep colour light and blended. if you're using gel or cream, dab it on with your middle finger, then blend with your ring and middle finger. the clean finger will pick up any excess blush.
if you've gone a bit too heavy on the powder blush, a bit of translucent powder over it will calm it down. for cream blush, blot the colour off with a tissue. since gel & liquid blush 'stain' the cheeks, the only way to lighten them is it wash your face, moisturize and reapply your makeup, this time more sparingly.
finish your look with a sweep of translucent powder.