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After Years In Hiding, Blush Makes A Reappearance
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After Years In Hiding, Blush Makes A Reappearance

When we think of blush, we often think of bad blush. Hot pink blush high on cheekbones or carelessly smudged across the face. Colors that look like they come straight out of Barbie’s toolkit or a pastel-soft Breakfast Club heroine with peached-out porcelain cheeks.

But blush is so much more than bad. The last few years have favoured neutral coloured blushes – shades that are just a bit darker than the natural skin tone intended to highlight the cheekbones. These natural colours almost seemed to be a backlash against the bright pinks of the 80s and 90s, a sort of makeup soothing of the soul.

Luckily, our recovery period is now coming to an end, and blush is making a reappearance both on the runway and in real life.

Blush in its current incarnation is nothing like the boring blush of the last few years or the excessive and slightly frightening blushes of the years before that. Blush in 2012 combines the best of both worlds – fresh and natural yet with a lovely touch of colour.

Fresh-faced blush has been all over the runways this season, from Tracy Reese to Michael Kors to Timo Weiland. Colours have been light roses and corals that complement natural skin tone and yet mimic the appearance of having just come from the gym, gone skiing, or been out in the sun for an afternoon. The look is healthy, youthful, and innocent.

Instead of applying blush directly below the cheekbones, which tends to highlight the cheekbone and create an edgy, angular look, these blushes are applied directly to the apples of the cheek, places where a blush would naturally occur, and swept along the cheekbone. The blush reaches high on the face, nearly touching the hairline.

These new blushes are creamy, giving the skin the appearance of a translucent glow. It’s important to find a colour that falls within the skin’s natural pink tones, or else the blush runs the risk of looking garish.

Just as important as finding the right colour of blush is to use the right brushes to apply it. For this type of blush application, sweep the blush onto the cheeks with a large, rounded dome brush and then blend into the cheeks with a large, angled contour brush so that the blush smoothly sweeps from barely there to brightest at the top of the cheekbone.

These blushes are meant to be worn with natural face makeup to maintain the naivet� of the look. This means, pale pink, barely-there glosses and cream and light brown shadows on the eyes. Eyeliner and mascara, however, can be highlighted and exaggerated to bring a punchy element to the face and play with the overall theme.

Runway trends trickle down the rest of us in time, but these hot, hip new blush trends are so easy to do that it pays to be ahead of the curve on this one and start wearing these looks now.


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