I stopped using this beauty product for a year

Although many of us have our go-to makeup routines, we’ll often follow new trends and find ourselves experimenting with different tools and techniques. Last year I decided to mix things up, and completely removed a popular makeup product from my daily routine. However, I’ve recently reintroduced it, and now i’m wondering why I ever stopped!

Have you guessed it? I’ll give you a clue, it’s been a product that was actually used by the ancient Egyptians, it was then used by the aristocracy; however, in the Middle Ages it was also associated with prostitutes…

Got it? Yes – blush!

I don’t know about you, but last year I was all about the bronzed glow. I was applying a heavy contour, matt foundation, nude lips, tonnes of highlight and A LOT of bronzer. I enjoyed quite a full-on finished look, and would often take the time to apply false eyelashes for days out too. And I want to quickly say – this is all okay! I enjoyed wearing this makeup, and I’ll always encourage you to do what makes you feel good.

However, this year, I’ve found myself applying a slightly more natural look. Of course, I still love lashes for nights out, but even when shooting for the blog, I’m enjoying a more subtle finish. And so this has encouraged me to reintroduce a natural flush.

A few weeks ago, I ordered the Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in the shade Rose. I’m a huge fan of the Laura Mercier powders, so I decided to opt for a rich blush with warm undertones to really accentuate my cheek bones . Just like bronzer, blush is a highly buildable product, so the trick is to take your time and gently glide the brush against your skin using light strokes.

I found just a few sweeps gave me a healthier, more youthful finish and I can really notice a difference in my complexion. This specific blush is highly pigmented so you don’t need to apply a lot – and in more good news it lasts all day too!

Let me know if you are a fan of blush, and before I go, here are some of my tops tips on how to apply it:

  1. Choose a formula to suit your skin type. If you have oily skin a cheek stain works well. For normal/combination skin a cream is always a good option. And for dry skin (like me) a powder usually works best.
  2. Try to choose a shade close to your natural flush.
  3. Use the right tool. I like to go for a dense brush using natural hair to avoid product overload.
  4. Blend after application. I usually like to go over my blush with a damp sponge or a stiff brush to make sure its fully blended.
  5. Apply blush based on your face shape. If you have a square face like me, the apple of the cheeks works well. But a round face should apply blush lower down and toward the outside of the cheeks.

S x

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