5 Blush Hacks to Elevate Your Makeup Game
BY JENNY JUNG
From tips by @makeupbyariel to the new igari blush trend, I’ve compiled the cutest it-shades and placements to get you looking extra cheeky.
19 OCT - 2021
Here's how to maximise your makeup tools to unleash the endless possibilities of your blush wardrobe.
Today’s edit is all about simplification. Blush is the new hot thing in the beauty world right now and there are about 50,000 shades and formulas to choose from. As your beauty-bestie, I’m going to share some of my all-time favourite blush tricks that will add some spice to your life.
'@Makeupbyariel’s Blush Technique
'@Makeupbyariel is the queen of blush. Ariel's technique has been used on Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and many more beautiful faces that we know and love. Ariel recently shared his blush tricks in a YouTube video, and I'm going to share them with you here!
The ultimate takeaway from the video was to finish off your blush with a shade of neon pink. By using a neon shade, your cheeks will look instantly brighter - resulting in a healthy glow.
Everyone needs a neon blush in their collection for that classic soft glam blush. Ariel uses the iconic Rosy Glow from Dior in ‘001 Pink’ and it's often sold out. I'd recommend taking a look at NARS ‘Thrill,' or ‘Exhibit A’ for the guys and gals who have golden to deep complexions.
How To Curate Your Own Blush
My ultimate blush trick: mix your lipstick with your foundation.
Blush is often used to bring harmony to a finished makeup look, and so, we've been told to use lipstick as a cream blush. While I love this trick, I've found that lipstick is way too emollient to use as a complexion product. This can lead to your foundation breaking up, speed up the oil production process, and compromise the coverage of your complexion products. Cream blushes are also a great option, but I still seem to be running into the same issues. So I thought to myself, what if I mixed my lipstick with my foundation?
This method works with liquid lipsticks, bullet lipsticks, matte lipsticks, and sheer lipsticks - any lipstick at all. This also means you don't ever have to purchase another cream blush again, and you're always going to have a cream blush that will compliment your final look!
Mixing your lipstick with a drop of foundation will amp up the longevity, add coverage to your complexion, and it will ALWAYS look flattering. This trick has a 100% success rate as it involves your favourite lipstick and foundation which means you don't have to worry about the formula or shade!
Powder blush is not a particularly long-lasting product. Although layering your blush with creams and powders seems like the obvious solution, there are other additional benefits to layering creams and powders that are often overlooked.
Layering your powder blush directly on top of your cream blush will ensure longevity while creating dimension to your cheeks. Using creams and powders with a variation in shades makes for a beautiful halo of colour that looks especially beautiful on the wider areas of your face, like your cheeks.
I love the combination of cream bronzer with a pop of peach powder blush or a peachy cream blush with a sweep of cool-toned pink. Have fun with your colour combinations and curate unique blush looks that best suit your complexion.
Blush placements can really change the structure of your face and create completely different moods to your makeup look. Today's blush spotlight is inspired by a Japanese blush trend called 'igari.'
Igari makeup is focused on blush that is predominantly swept under the eye area. It is often called 'drunk makeup' as it replicates the rosy flush from having a few drinks! Although igari blush is supposed to be quite cute, I think it's a rather chic and feminine blush placement. Plus, igari blush lifts the face instead of traditional blush placements that drag the features downwards.
Using your blush on the eyes is a quick solution to lazy mornings or accidental sleep-ins. It instantly ties in the entire face and creates an effortless, monochromatic, and chic look. Don't forget to sweep some of your bronzer in the crease to add dimension and structure. This trick looks incredibly detail-oriented and well thought out - nobody needs to know that you snoozed through your alarm 50 times!
Apply this technique to your smokey eyes too! It forms a sense of order to your makeup and ties in even the most complicated and technical eye looks.
Attention to detail is my ultimate makeup mantra. Take your time exploring new techniques and colours the next time you practice your beauty routine! It’s a lot of fun and it’s a therapeutic process that makes you feel good. Catch you in the next one.