Blush is BACK WITH A BANG for spring, says beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL, find out how to wear it now …
Every beauty launch this year mentions the word “glow”. The focus for spring/summer is glossy, naturally healthy-looking skin, and that doesn’t mean wearing more foundation. The opposite, in fact. Focusing on skincare – double-cleansing, eating good fats, drinking lots of water – is a given. But to brighten up your face and look naturally healthy, instantly, go back to blush. The endless bombardment of hard-edged contouring and white highlights meant blush was relegated. Now, as part of fashion’s ongoing love affair with millennial pink, it comes as a relief to see a natural flush again – as if skin was windswept, or with the kind of glow you only get after exercise. It’s a softer and more universally flattering way of wearing make-up. Take a lead from Valentino, where the 1970s technique of “draping” (sculpting cheekbones with blush, sweeping colour from the temples to the apples of cheeks) was used to create a pink warmth; or from Armani’s International Make-up Artist Linda Cantello, who tapped Lip Maestro #506 onto cheeks. And this is the key to wearing blush now – toning it in with your lip colour. Versatile formulas such as Chanel’s Lip Blush rise to the occasion. If your habit is powder blush, experiment instead with creams and liquids – they can be lighter and lend a dewy texture that suits older or dry skin. Either way, apply with a light hand – it’s a fine line between subtle glow and hot flush. Start light and add more, keeping it high up on your cheekbones.
Five of the best:
BEST FOR A SUBTLE GLOW: The soft gel formula of Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush in shades of rose, berry and coral makes it really versatile: use on both lips and cheeks. €31, from March 9.
BEST POWDER: bareMinerals’ new Gen Nude Powder Blushes tone in with the lush Lip Lacquers, and comes in 12 shades. €26.
BEST LIQUID: Liquid blush is cost-effective: you only need a tiny drop to create a soft glow. Try natural brand Apicia’s Cream Blush (€20, www.apicia.fr), and Clinique Fit Lip & Cheek Flush (€20, at Brown Thomas).
BEST FOR EVENING: Nars’ cult Orgasm shade blush has a hint of shimmer. €32.
BEST FOR A DEWY FINISH: Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince turns from green to skin tone, €25.50, at www.debenhams.ie.
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