During the last posted conversation of blending brushes between Nikkia and I, a commenter MACa6325xi requested (powder) blush as a topic. I've discussed blushes and brushes before (with great recommendations from readers in the comments), but the makeup junkies that we are didn't find that a problem at all. How to present all of the joy, thoughts, ramblings, etc. was something else!
We came to a consensus first on our favorite brushes by skill level:
(We are referring to the brushes by MAC style and numbers. Among most of us, that seems universal. You don't have to buy MAC, choose a similar styled brush.)
If you are a newbie to blush: try #187 (stippling/skunk brush)
This brush applies ample color and blends well. It provides a light hand with blush, if you don't have one or don't know yet.
Any skill level with brushes or blush: try #168 angled brush
The generic blush brush that will sweep blush onto the cheeks and frankly, gets the job done.
For moderate to advanced users with blush: try #109 small contour brush, #138 tapered face brush
This brush is hot (#109)! Careful use is required for blush application with this dense and soft brush, but great in the arsenal because it's multi-purpose (buffs and applies foundation beautifully also!)
Awesome pointed brush (#138) deceives with its fluffy softness, but careful application is required because of it's size. Using the gentle tip skillfully is an art to master! It's also used for contouring, a moderate to advanced skill.
Next we chose our favorite powder blushes by skin tone and skill level.
Darker skin tones (Recommendations by Nikkia)-
Newbie- Gingerly (soft golden peach, barely there)Moderate- Slave to Love (sweet rose for darker skin tones), Sweet as cocoa (chocolate brown with gold pearl)
Advanced- Ambering Rose (Not advanced? Use the #187 duo fibre stippling brush!), Blunt to contour (muted golden brown)
Light to Medium skin tones (Recommendations by me!)-Newbie- Trace of Gold (fairy light gold with shimmer) you can't go wrong or too heavy. Nice as a highlight
Newbie to Moderate- Sunbasque (gilded peach with pearl), Sincere (light, medium muted beige coral)Advanced- Harmony (matte muted rose beige brown), Dollymix (pure candy pink with shimmer) Remember, the #187 is key!
Thanks to Seymone chiming in, she shared her recommendations for Deep Dark Skin tones...
Deep Dark skin tones (nw45-nw60)
Newbie to Moderate - Serenly(beauty powder blush), Raizin
Advanced- Devil(Pro), Frankly Scarlett
Like Dollymix, but looks ashy on you? Salsarose(pro) or Azelea(pro) is better.
(Thanks Sey Sey! ;))
We could go on forever about blush, but we wanted to fulfill the specific request. I hope this helped! Now go out there and flirt with the new Beauty Powder blushes! Hopefully, in the near future, I'll supplement this post with pics!
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