Many women find themselves over-using one of these products, or not knowing how to use them properly at all. Being overly bronzed and looking like an orange, or having pink clown cheeks are not good looks.
Blush should be used to add a healthy pop of colour, or natural flush to your cheeks. Bronzer is there to help create a subtle tanned look to the face. If you want to use both at the same time, it’s better to use the bronzer first. It should be applied on the areas where you naturally tan if you are in the sun, so on the forehead, under the cheekbones to create a contoured effect, and under the chin. The blush can then be applied to the tops of the cheekbones to add a tiny pop of colour.
For daytime use, a matt bronzer is always the best option. If however you want to have a tanned appearance for night time, you can choose a bronzer with a shimmer in it. A bit of shimmer always helps turn a casual daytime look into a more glamorous one.
The biggest problem women have with blush is not knowing what type of consistency they should opt for (ie, cream or powder) and which shade is the right one. Generally, it’s a preference thing when it comes to the consistency. However, a cream blush is more suitable for colder weather as any sort of moisture like perspiration will affect its staying power. It’s also good to create a soft, natural glow. If you want your blush to last all day and into the night, go for the powder option. For a colour that doesn’t make you look like you’re permanently hot or embarrassed, choose a colour that’s only one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Peach coloured blush also suits most skin colours.
Just remember, when it comes to bronzer or blush, less is definitely more!
Kelly Boyle is the owner of Kelly B Makeup, a Cape Town based company. She helps women feel beautiful on special occasions, be it their wedding day or a Matric dance, by creating a look that suits her individual taste.