Monday, September 23, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Blush


Hello, beauties! It's Monday, and that means it's time for the next installment in The Starting Off Project. We're at the halfway point of the series this week, and we're talking all about the ins and outs of blush. We'll be covering what it is, what it does, how to apply it, and which ones are worth buying!

I'm a big fan of blush, so I'm really excited about this week's topic! As a pale lady, blush helps to keep me from looking sickly, and gives my face that youthful, schoolgirl glow that makes me feel totally put together. I might not always wear eyeliner or something on the lips, but I always have a touch of blush on.

So, what exactly is blush? Blush is this handy-dandy, little product that adds a pleasant pop of color to the cheeks. Blush comes in all different formulas, so there is a little something for everyone. You have pressed powders, loose powders, creams, sticks, gels, and stains. You have some blushes that are solely blushes, and then you have some 3-in-1 products that are blushes, eyeshadows, and lipsticks. On top of that, you have your choice of finishes such as satin, shimmer, matte, and glitter.


Now that we're out of the dark, and know what blush is, what does it do? Applied to the apples of the cheeks, blush is meant to simulate your natural flush, though it's totally not unusual to wear colors that aren't even close to natural (I wear bright colors more than I wear neutral ones). It helps to make your skin look healthy, and gives your face some dimension on top of the flatness of your foundation.

You know what it is and what it does now, but how in the world do you apply this stuff? Well, it depends on what kind of blush you get. Powders are typically applied with brushes. I almost always use powders, and the best way to apply it is with a fluffy blush brush (my personal favorites are the blush brushes by Real Techniques and EcoTools). Then, you'll want to smile big. Show those teeth, ladies! See that rounded area of your cheeks? That's the apples. Dust a bit of blush there, and you'll be set.

If you use a cream, you can apply with a stippling brush or your fingers. Sticks are easy to dab on and then blend with a blush brush or fingers. Liquids and stains are a bit more tricky. A lot of them come in small bottles with a brush applicator, much like nail polish. You'll want to apply just a couple of dabs and then immediately blend in with your fingers. If you wait too long, you'll potentially end up with strange patterns on your face.

On the off chance that you over apply your blush, don't freak out! It can be fixed. For powders, typically you can take a clean blush brush and brush away some of the excess while blending down what's left. For creams, sticks and gels, take your face brush and dip it ever so lightly into translucent powder. Then, sweep it over the cheeks to tone down the color. Stains are much harder to fix. At this point you may have to wash your cheeks and start over. Out, out, darn stain!


I'm extremely partial to powder blushes. I do have a cream blush, but I feel the most comfortable with powders. One of my fave blushes is NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm, $29.00. Despite the naughty name, it's a vibrant peach with loads of gorgeous shimmer. It's perfect for a special occasion or night out on the town. It's supposedly good for all skin tones, so it makes for a good starter blush.

For day to day, I find myself constantly reaching for MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix, $21.00. Even though Dollymix is a searing hot pink, applied with a light hand it gives a beautiful, satin flush to the face that leaves me feeling ready to take on the day. And if I'm going for a demure, babydoll look nothing is better than Hard Candy's Baked Blush in Living Doll, $7.00. It's a sweet, bubblegum pink with gold undertones that makes me feel very angelic.

Now that you know what blush is, what it does, and how to apply it, go forth and show off your fabulously blushed cheeks to the world!

What are your favorite blushes to wear? Which formulas and finishes do you adore? Which blushes are on your lust list?



  1. I love Nars Orgasm, although I still haven't been & bought myself one. Great post :)

    Hayley -


  2. So so so desperate for NARS Orgasm, I wish it wasn't so expensive!

  3. I really want a Narz blush, tried some out a few times but never had the funds haha

    Hannah xxx

  4. Thank you for sending me your link I love adding new blogs to my reading list.
    Beautiful blog x

  5. Reading and learning. Blush is one of the things that I can't do but want to.

  6. I love my M.A.C. blushes as well, especially over cream. I have the same cream Maybelline you do. And use it as often. :)

  7. Blush is easily one of my favourite beauty product to apply! Love it! xx

  8. Hiya! Lovely informative post :)
    Would love to try the Nars blush- I think peach blushes look really nice!

  9. I am such a blush addict I have so many it is ridiculous these are fab too the colours are great!! xxx



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