Kelly Cornwell explains how to use blush to look your best, no matter what your age...
Whatever stage of life we happen to be at, few of us would turn down the opportunity to look fresh, radiant, youthful and full of energy. Yet a straw poll at ELEMIS HQ revealed that the one make-up product most women believe will help them achieve this look is most often foundation or mascara.
So it came as a surprise when ELEMIS fan and A-list make-up artist, Kelly Cornwell named the humble blusher as her ultimate must-have for creating an instantly fresh-faced look.
Over to Kelly, here are her top tips for getting it right...
Get ready to defy gravity: Before you reach for that blusher, creating a smooth, lifted canvas is essential. Do this by massaging your face to press and push the puffiness out. Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks and Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask are also great ways to tackle puffiness in targeted areas.
Pick your palette: To choose a shade, bronze and brown tones are good for contouring whilst pinks and corals are a great way to add a fresh, youthful look which lifts the face overall. Remember that the colour palette has to work with your individual skin tone: pinks and soft browns look great on pale skin – corals, oranges and reds look better on dark skin.
Tricks with texture: Stains and gels are great for creating a matte, fresh-faced look, but you have to work fast and blend them in quickly before they dry. Creams give you a little more time to work with, plus you can build coverage if you prefer a stronger flush. Powders are great on their own, but if you want your blush to last all day, the trick is to use a powder over a cream.
Layer up: Layering is a great way to play with colour and create that lifting effect. Try and keep within the same family of tone, so if you choose a soft pink in a cream or gel, pair it with a powder that comes with a more intense pink or hint of shimmer to really perk up those cheekbones. The same thing goes for shades of brown.
Lift and sculpt: If you have a thin face and need to add volume, apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks to create the illusion of fullness. To make the face slimmer, blusher should be swept onto the cheeks and blended up towards the temples to create a lifting, streamlining effect.