Cheeks – Am I Blushing?
Q.1 What product instantly gives you a lift and encourages youthfulness?
Q.2 If you were to carry around one product in your bag which would it be?
Q.3 Which product does not need to be an expensive one to be effective?
Answer: Blusher, Blusher, and Blusher!
If you need a quick fix to your appearance, there’s no better product to go use. Quick and easy – you can literally apply it within 5 seconds.
Pigment/Colorants, Fillers/Carriers, Binder, Preservatives
The pigments are FDA-approved concentrated colorants or dyes. They appear on labels as a color and or number, such as Red 33 and Yellow 5. There are usually two types of colorants in blush. One for color and one to conceal your natural color. The latter allows the first to become more pronounced.
The carriers are added to dilute the pigment. Examples; powder blush – talc or grapefruit powder. Liquid blush – water based. Cream – silicones and humectants.
Binding agents is used in creme and pressed powder blushers which hold it together. Loose blush powder does not contain this, hence not used in mineral makeup. They can be natural (ex. rosehips oil) or other (ex. diisopropyl adipate, which is an emollient or moisturizing agent).
Preservatives: Every product should have a symbol indicating how long it will last once opened. The tell signs to look for is streaking in brush application or the pigment going a bit brown which is the red pigment breaking down.
Which type of blusher are you?
Easy to blend and you can blend two or more blushers together to create your look. They last longer hygienically due to the powder consistency. Powder blush is great on normal to oily skin.
Types of powder blushers: matte, glittery (contain large particles that reflects light – use sparingly), shimmer and satin (contain fine particles which reflect light).
– Be aware that they can be drying on dry skin. If the skin is too oily, color can change.
Liquid blusher: Cream/ Gel/ Tints/Stain
As mentioned above although cream is usually of silicone or humectants based the others are water based. The liquid (especially the gels and stains) helps with the longevity of the product on the skin. The great thing about cream blush is that it blends into the skin and enhances the appearance of natural glow (powder blush uses glitter to create this effect). Any of these are fantastic to carry in your purse for you never have to worry if it will break like a powder one. Suitable for dry to normal skin. Plus easy to apply with fingers.
Tints: have the lowest amount of colorants and are usually just water and colorants. Therefore tints have the same purpose as tinted moisturizer – to create a natural look.
Gels and stains: are more pigmented and therefore should be used sparingly.The perfect blush takes practice.
Negatives: If you have oily skin or touch your face a lot it rubs off easily unless set with powder. The liquid or emollient ingredients make it less hygienic and expire more quickly than powder. Cream blush is the easiest of the bunch and has added ingredients – feel enhancers – which it allows the cream to go on smoothly.
Dual Purpose Makeup
Lipstick can be the ultimate product to have in the purse. With the right color it can be used as a cream blush. Lipstick used as a blush became popular during WWII due to shortage of ingredients.