Makeup Basics: Types Of Blush

Makeup Basics: Types Of Blush

Blush is a beauty essential.  It brightens up the skin and gives a natural looking flush when applied properly.  One of the key things to consider when investing in a blush is what type you should use.  Below I have listed four different types that are my go-to's for myself and clients.



A stain gives you a natural flush on the cheeks that stays all day.  With most stains, you will need to quickly blend.  Double check the instructions before applying and when in doubt, test first on the inner part of your wrist.  For an easy application, try the Tarte Cheek Stain.



Great for layering with a powder blush to increase longevity or for a dryer skin type.  A cream blush is easy to blend and has buildable coverage.  Try the popular Stila Convertible Colour; it doubles as lipstick!  



Powder blush is staple in every girls makeup drawer.  Very easy to blend.  Use a natural hair brush for best application.  Try the Nars Blush for a great selection of colours, including the cult classic Nars Orgasm.  Avoid powder blush if the skin is extremely dry.  Try a cream blush instead.



To give the cheeks a sheer glow, try a shimmer blush like the Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc.  A shimmer blush also adds a slight highlight to the cheek bone when layered over top of a more pigmented blush.

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Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.