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How to Apply Blush and the Best Types for Mature Skin

Blush, or rouge, has been around since those gorgeous Egyptians were crushing up mulberries to rub onto their high cheekbones. Woman actually used to pinch themselves to attain that rosy glow we all so want! Can we just take a minute and appreciate modern cosmetics?

The colors one chooses and technique for how to apply blush can be a very personal thing. It is consistently vogue within society, the only thing that changes are the trends for wearing it (looking at you ’80s!) Today we will bust through the myths, look at some awesome colors, and learn how to apply blush that flatters your mature skin. Look out cheeks, here we come!

Myth #1: “The majority of blush is powder so that must be the best.”

Nope!

You guys are probably sick of hearing me say this, and I am terribly sorry, but hydration is key!  Mature women just have to work a little bit harder to maintain that moisture due to environment, menopause, and just the plain fact that the skin cells regenerate more slowly as we age.

After moisturizing, priming if necessary, and applying your foundation, cream blush is the best way to go. Toss those powder cake blushes! They can sink into pores and fine lines, making you look older. Not to mention that they fade quickly.

Many of you know how to apply blush when using powders, but with cream blushes, I love to use my fingers or a stipple brush. Put on a big newscaster smile and apply a conservative amount to the apples of your cheeks. Always remember that with makeup it is easier to add than to take away, so start small and work your way up to what you feel comfortable with. Blend upwards – lightly! Do not go to the temples, but go in that direction. You want most of the color on your apples. This will give you a nice, natural lift. A few of my “all-around” cream blushes are:

Revlon Insta-blush

Cream blush in stick form makes life so much easier. This one is great because it is so sheer you can build your intensity however you want. They actually call it mistake-proof!

Laura Mercier Créme Cheek Color

This is a super easy way to get that natural bloom in your cheeks with a soft glowing finish.

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Myth #2 “I’m over 50 so I shouldn’t wear any shimmer at all.”

Pardon me, but to heck with that! I wouldn’t suggest some crazy disco ball highlighter but there are some really lovely blushes out there with the perfect hint of shimmer and shine. If you are really worried about your texture, just find a primer that will blend everything out and smooth it down (like Benefit’s POREfessional). See last month’s article on great primers! Two that I absolutely adore are:

NARS Orgasm

This should just be a stock item in everyone’s personal kit. The phenom blush hit the market in 1999 and is still causing a stir. They have just released it in liquid form for the first time ever this month so it is hot, hot, hot!

Tarte Glisten

Here is another great stick that is insanely easy to work with. The great thing about Tarte is that their sheer formula is more of a stain so it goes on lightly while still getting a good sheer color. Just do a few quick swipes and rub it in. It’s perfect for on-the-go women who need something easy and light (and vegan!)

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Myth #3 “ Bright colors are terrifying and should stay in their decade.”

Embrace the brightness and don’t be afraid! By using pinks and reds lightly you can achieve more of a natural “blush” look than with some of those drab, dusty rose pinks and darker maroon colors.  I love a good bright pink for a fresh and healthy look at any age! Two brands whose formulas and colors I love are:

NYX Rouge Cream Blush

Almost all cream blushes can take a licking and keep on ticking. This one is no exception. I love NYX because you get a wonderful product at a wonderful price. Their color variety is also fun and imaginative.

Makeup Forever HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Their second skin formula makes the application effortless. I love applying this with my fingers and warming it up. It is so smooth and has a wonderful finish. They have 16 shades to float your boat, too!

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So, there you have it. How to apply blush and the ones I recommend. If you are someone who doesn’t wear blush at all, I dare you to try a little bit and see how wonderful it can be! Blush is a key component in any good, full face of makeup. It can be done lightly and elegantly, as well. Play around with different colors and find some to get excited about!

Happy blushing, ladies! XO

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