SMART BEAUTY

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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.

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