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Makeup for beginners #3


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 29, 2006 8:14 PM (Eastern)

Once you've gotten your base face down, the next step is blush.

Why????? Why not jump forward to eye makeup? The thing is this. If your skin is in its best shape, you actually don't need makeup. From this point forward, you are simply adding, from the most important piece to the least.

I suppose this runs contrary to conventional thinking, and I go without blush as much as the next gal. But I do own blush. And, when the occasion arises that I have to look good, or even fantabulous, or am looking for a job, or have to sit for a photo, or...et cetera, fill in your own "I gotta look good" events...I know the ten seconds it takes me to whip out my blush and apply it will be well spent.

Here is Dain's original post on this subject: How to pick and choose your blush. (We had the misfortune of moving this blog at one point, from lp/ to lipstickpage/, and for some reason, much of what shows up in Blogger's Blog Search tends to be from the previous subdirectory. grumbles...)

Aside from that, kindly allow me to chip in my own two cents...I don't recommend too many drugstore blushes. The colors can be good but the lasting power usually isn't. I'd say L'Oreal blushes lasted the longest on me, followed closely by Neutrogena, but then these brands can be almost as expensive as MAC, which lasts better.

Nars to me is the king of blush. I know that sounds strange...but I feel that Nars managed to do something new with blush. Long-term cosmeti-holics know that "something new" with a cosmetic is akin to Mythbusters actually confirming an urban legend. It happens, but rarely.

A close second would be Lancome. Oh, I hate Lancome for discontinuing their sublime "Rose Charmant" Blush Subtil (and this dates back to Signy for those who remember the old LP), but I feel they still deserve a mention.

MAC is my choice for price and quality.

How about a blush brush? Here I recommend the Sonia Kashuk one. Do not be fooled by the low price tag. It's good.

How to put the stuff on? The short answer is to smile. :) Smile broadly and place a little blush on your "apples" (don't get it too high). Blend up and out.

You can always add more, so start with a small amount. Here's a tip I got from the Jane Cosmetics site: add blush until you look better. Don't add it until you can see the blush! That's too much blush.


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