A sweep of colour is the quickest and easiest way to give yourself a healthy glow, says convert Sonia Haria
Flushed with success: the right way to do blusher
It took me from flat to glowy in about 20 seconds and I’ve never looked back
I once admitted to a make-up artist that I wasn’t that fussed about blusher. She looked at me as if I’d just confessed to never taking off my make-up at night: a mixture of shock and, let’s face it, disgust. She whipped out a few clicky pots of pink and coral powders from her make-up bag and swooshed circles on to the apples of my cheeks with a large fluffy brush. It took me from flat to glowy in about 20 seconds and I’ve never looked back.
Pleasingly, many of the new blushers on the block act like highlighters, too, making your skin look brighter and healthier. The new Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color is a good example. The cooling liquid blush is dispensed by a built-in brush, so it’s easy to stroke on the colour and blend with your fingers. I love the classic, everyday look that the Shade 1 provides: it’s a soft rosy pink, with a beautiful, highlighted sheen. Because the formula is so light and easy to blend, you can layer it up to the desired strength of colour.
Also very good is the brand new Diorblush Colour & Light in Peach Glow. It’s a double-ended stick with a creamy coral blush on one end, and a soft iridescent highlighter on the other.
If you prefer a more traditional powder blusher, try one in the new Pure Color range by Suqqu. I’m a fan of the Sunny Beige palette: there’s three bronzy-nude tones that, when mixed together with a blusher brush, impart a lovely warmth on the skin. There’s also a pink version, too – Fuchsia Glacé – if you prefer a bold pop of colour. All the powders have a soft shimmer (not glitter, importantly), which has the pleasing side effect of making you look well rested. They’ve just launched in Selfridges, but if you like them, act fast – Suqqu has a dedicated, loyal fan base who snap up products as soon as they hit the shelves.
As to where to apply blusher, I emailed make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon for some advice. ‘The universal placing that suits most face shapes is on the apples of the cheeks. Smile, pop the blusher on the apples and then lightly sweep up toward the top of the ears.’ I tried Lisa’s technique and it definitely gave my face a more lifted appearance. You’ll never catch me blusherless again.