The benefits of blusher are truly marvellous, but in recent years this complexion-booster has been overlooked in favour of contour. The thing is you can use blusher and contour. Not only will blusher make your face come alive (even if you've missed out on your 8 hours sleep), it is one of the most versatile products you can keep in your makeup bag. Need some convincing? Here are 5 ways to use blusher to its highest potential.
1) Blusher perks up your complexion
A pop of pink or coral blusher blended onto the apples of your cheeks can be incredibly energising for your complexion. Whether you couldn't sleep or you're a little, ahem, hungover then this will help you fake a wide-awake effect in seconds.
2) Blusher doubles as eyeshadow
It's no secret that we're all obsessed with warm-toned eyeshadows right now, think pinks, reds and oranges, well, your blusher can double as an eyeshadow. Plus, pairing your blush to your eyeshadow is an easy and effective way to tie your makeup look together.
3) You can contour with blusher
Use a brown-toned blusher and you can blend it up and out towards your temples to contour your face. That way you get a blush and contour effect in one. It's a great time-saver.
4) Apply blusher to your lips
Want to turn your cream lipstick into a matte finish? Dust a little powder blusher over the top. Only have a cream blush at hand? You can use that instead of lipstick.
5) Apply blusher differently
The classic way to apply blusher is to choose a colour that mimics the hue your cheeks flush when you're hot or you've been exercising. But, you can play with different tones of coral and lilac to make your blusher a focal point.
You can also experiment with placing blusher over the bridge of your nose and high on your cheeks for a pretty, sunkissed effect. Alternatively, try blending your blush and eyeshadow together via your cheekbones for a cooler effect.
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