Blushing Basics

Our community of Birchbloggers is a vibrant bunch of beauty-loving ladies from all corners of the blogosphere. This week Lauren DellaFera, the craft-obsessed beauty buff behind Little Blushing Birdie, gives us her simple guide to blush formulas.

Who knew that choosing a blush could be harder than selecting a flavor at 16 Handles? From classic powders to creamy tints to sheer gels, the beauty world has a lot to offer those in search of a rosy glow. If you're not sure where to begin, follow this quick guide to blush formula basics—and learn how to apply each one to your cheeks like a pro.

Classic Powders

Nothing beats the wear time and pigmentation of a tried-and-true powder like MAKE’s Satin Finish Powder Blush. Whether it’s day or night and whether you’re oil-prone or dry, powders are a versatile option that anyone can rock.
Wear it With: A mattifying base or mineral powder foundation.
Tool Kit: An angled brush blush. Not only will it hug to the contour of your cheeks, but it will also give you more control and precise application than a fluffy round brush.
To Master: Use a light touch, and soft upward strokes to blend. Stay mindful of where the brush first comes in contact with your face, which is where the color will be the most intense. (Always remember: less is more!)

Glow-Inducing Creams

Looking for a gorgeously dewy finish? Cream blushes are for you. Moisturizing and shimmery, a creamy rouge like theBalm cosmetics’ How ‘Bout Them Apples? will give you a lit-from-within glow.
Wear it With: A luminizing foundation or BB cream.
Tool Kit: A synthetic bristled buffing brush or stippling brush.
To Master: Buff the product onto the apples of your cheeks with gentle, circular strokes. If your cream blush is in a stick form, swipe the product directly along your cheekbone with a light touch and blend with your fingers or brush. You can also dab the brush directly onto the stick and apply like you would from a pot or pan.

Lightweight Tints and Stains

Sheer and youthful, a gel tint or liquid cheek stain (Benetint is a classic) will add a subtle wash of color for a natural-looking flush.
Wear it With: A tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, or bare skin.
Took Kit: Your fingers! No brushes required.
To Master: Make two or three small dots of product along your cheekbones and blend with fingers in a circular motion. Try not to rub too hard, or you'll irritate and redden your skin—not the flush you’re after!

—Lauren DellaFera

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