Radiant, pink cheeks are the hallmark of a youthful face. And, if properly applied, you can hide ageing with this pop of blusher and look younger with just a few sweeps of your brush.
How to use blusher to anti-age
- With age, the skin’s pores become more noticeable, due to the depletion of collagen levels in our skin, so prep first using long-wear foundation to ensure any blusher doesn’t settle or build up, making pores look even more pronounced.
- Cheeks flush pink, never brown, so use pink blusher with bronzer for the most natural-looking way to put colour back into your cheeks. Think of bronzers as giving luminosity to your skin rather than trying to look tanned.
- “Always apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, then blend it up and out into the hairline at the temples,” says Lancôme make-up artist Alex Babsky. Avoid that pop of colour just on the apple of the cheek as this can make the face appear too full and round.
Use a big fluffy brush, such as Clicks Blusher Brush, R88,95, to sweep a faux glow over cheekbones, forehead, cleavage and brow bones – places that catch colour in the sun.
How to handle red cheeks
Pale complexions with high colour can still wear pink blush. Just prep the skin first with a covering concealer over areas of extreme redness, so that when you apply blusher, you’re only focusing on the area that you want to appear flushed.
One to try is Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer, R405. It’s a small tube of magic that really stays put and hides blemishes as it should.