Blush, blush, cream, stick, powder, liquid: but what is it for? And why all these names and types? Here are all the differences explained
Let's start with the basics: blush, an English translation of the now increasingly obsolete blush, like our grandmothers, mothers and maybe we have always called it too. So blush and fard are the same thing, except that the word fard is actually French, which distinguishes fard à joues, or blush, from fard à paupières, or eyeshadow. So the main difference lies in using a French or English word to indicate the cosmetic that is applied to the cheeks to make them appear more or less reddened.
Having made this first distinction, let's understand what blush is for: it is a cosmetic that serves, together with ground, contouring and illuminating, to restore the volumes of the face and make the complexion more natural. In fact, if we look at our face, we will notice how there are some redder areas or others where we naturally tend to blush. Once the foundation has been applied, part of these natural shadows and blushes are flattened or even disappear, so to make the face more three-dimensional here we go to act with products to redefine the oval.
If the earth is used to warm the complexion and give a tanned effect, the contouring powder is used to slim the face and create shadow areas and the highlighter to lift the cheekbones and highlight the points of the face naturally affected by the light. here the blush is used to restore what the French call the “bonne mine” effect, that is, a healthy, complexion and not pale face. To do this, however, there are many types of blush, each one perhaps suitable for a certain period of the year, or designed for different effects or types of skin.
- The most classic, the powder blush to be applied with the brush
- The cream blush, to be picked up with the brush or with your fingers
- If you are looking for an even easier solution, try the stick blush
- Liquid blush, perfect for those who can't stand any type of product on the skin
The most classic, the powder blush to be applied with the brush
The best known product is perhaps the powder blush, also called blush, which is easily applied with the brush. You choose based on your complexion and skin undertone: a cold undertone will prefer cold colors while a warm undertone will prefer warm ones. The lighter blushes are ideal for light or very light skin or for those who want a natural and almost imperceptible effect, while for those who love a more intense effect or have darker or tanned skin, it is better to choose more intense shades, from red with fuchsia.
To make it as natural as possible, choose well-balanced shades with red and brown, in order to recreate the effect of naturally reddened skin. For a touch of color, however, also a pink or a fuchsia but pay attention to the quantities. For the application it is important to proceed step by step because, depending on the product, the powder may release a lot of color or, on the contrary, be not very intense.
Pick up the powder by swirling the brush in the pod, discard the excess and apply it according to the shape of the face. On a rounder face it is better not to bring the color right on the cheeks but to keep slightly further back, while on longer faces it is good to also fill the cheek part, to restore the right proportions.
The cream blush, to be picked up with the brush or with your fingers
The cream blush usually comes in a pack similar to the powder one but, once opened, it is a creamy product. It is easy to apply, but you have to learn how to dose it well to avoid overdoing the color. It can be applied directly with the brush, dipping it into the pod but without pressing or exaggerating. The release of color must be gradual, better to apply a little at a time and, if anything, intensify it.
Alternatively, you can take the product with your fingertips, heating it and then applying it to your face, tapping it to avoid stains. Also in this case it is better to spread it a little at a time and add it if necessary. In case you have applied too much, do not worry: just take the beauty blender with which you applied the foundation and, with what remains on it, tap to dilute the color.
If you are looking for an even easier solution, try the stick blush
In cream blushes we can also include stick blushes, even more comfortable and easy to apply. Just apply a bit of product on the cheeks and then spread the color with a brush, preferably duofibre. Again, you can blend the blush with your fingertips or, for a truly natural result, try using the palm of your hand in the area just below the thumb. You will notice how this area adapts perfectly to the size of the cheek, for a quick but above all extremely natural application.
Again, work a little product at a time and add it if necessary, so as not to risk staining or overdoing it. But, in case you are wrong, you can always resort to correction with the makeup sponge.
Liquid blush, perfect for those who can't stand any type of product on the skin
Among the latest arrivals we find the liquid blush, of similar application to the others but with an even lighter formula and natural effect. But be careful: being products that dry very quickly, they may be more difficult to blend: better apply a little at a time and blend it immediately, but with your fingers. In fact, with the brush the risk is to create streaks which, once the product has dried, will no longer be able to be faded.
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