Using a ‘blusher, to enhance your facial features and add a lively looking glow is pretty straight forward providing your approach of the application is right. This week, Agim Salon will give you a quick breakdown on how to apply your blusher.

First thing to do is choose the right type of blusher. Gel or powder blush for oily skin, or cream for dry skin. The idea is to create a glowing effect of your best features, not to look like a clown with bright red cheeks. Having said that, bright red blusher can look amazing with bronze brown colored skin. For some pale skin types, you may be able to use a soft pink blush. Using a tan or brown color for light skin and if your skin is dark, try using a lighter color.

Here is a tip for selecting your ‘ideal’ color, clench your fist for 10 seconds. The color of your skin after those 10 seconds is the color to try and match.

Buy a set of quality blush brushes; avoid the cheap versions unless you want a cheap end result. Also avoid the temptation to use a powder puff or cotton wool; you will not get the best result from these either.

You really should only apply in well-lit conditions, and in natural day light if possible but before you jump in to apply the color, there is the preparation to do first.

Wash you face, apply the concealer, foundation and bronzer that you normally use, only then will you be ready to ‘blush’.

When applying a powder, you need to dip a clean, medium sized brush in to the blusher and gently tap the brush to remove the excess powder. If you are using a gel or cream, just use a small blob to begin with, using your finger. Adding more blusher later is easier than removing any excess.

Next you need to create a “fish face”, just as though you were about to kiss your grandmother, this will help you find your cheek apples. Starting at one of your “apples”, blend the blusher along the cheekbone. If using a gel or cream just dab a little first with a make-up sponge or finger, and then blend. Concentrating and blending well, the color on the “apples” will provide the most “natural” look.

Blend from the cheek, nearest to your nose, towards the ears but avoid brushing diagonally as the natural look will not be achieved. If you have added too much blusher you can try blending the excess from the center of the eye out toward the ear. If there still appears to be an excess of powder blusher you can ‘hide’ it with a translucent powder and with cream, you can blot the excess off with tissue. Excess gel should be washed off and start over, remembering to reduce the amount you apply the next time.