Beauty Soundbites [ Blush ]
by Elke Von Freudenberg, Celebrity Makeup Artist in LA & NY The Beauty Newsletter
Some cool blush tricks I’ve discovered along the way.
Remember when Indian Earth was in? A warm brick eye shadow is also the perfect all over color’..for eyes cheeks, lips. Just add a little lip gloss on top for lips and you’re off.
Find a blush brush that perfectly fits the size of the apple of your cheek when you smile. Anything bigger than that, and you’ll get blush where you don’t want it. You really don’t need a huge blush brush for color. Those are meant for shimmer powders………
Pick up your blush by lightly tapping the blush with the tips of the bristles. If you are sweeping the brush across the color, you’ll pick up about 10 x more color than you need, and you waste a lot of product. Just tap the ends of the bristles about 2-3 times onto the color. Shake off any excess. You should barely be able to see the color on the brush. Don’t worry, you do have enough on.
When applying blush, don’t "sweep" or "stroke" the color across the cheeks. You’ll usually end up streaking the color on, and then having to go back to ‘correct’ and ‘blend’. Instead, smile, and tap on gently going across your cheeks. By tapping the color onto the brush, and then tapping in onto the cheeks…….. you’ll avoid excess color, streaking and more. Tapping on blends the color for you and you can always add more if you want.
Color too bright? Swipe your blush brush across a Kleenex to clean off any excess, and then pick up some loose powder. Sweep over and blend your blush into your skin. You’ll get a softer, more ‘real’ look to your blush.
OOPS. Okay, you look like a clown, wrong color, too much……..now what? Easy! With a clean dry sponge, pick up a light layer of loose powder and ‘erase’ as much off as possible. Too bright or too dark? Take a slightly dampened sponge and clean off as much as you can. The water will pick up and ‘dilute’ the color………it just may be enough to fix it and look ok.See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40