How to Make Your Blush Last Longer
Wearing blush can really brighten your face. Blush makes your features come alive. However, the problem with blush is that they tend to wear off, especially when you’re sweating tons or have oily skin types. For those lucky few who have drier skin, their makeup will stay longer. But those with combination to oily skin types, do not despair! You’ll just need to master the techniques of long blush wear.
The first step is to apply primer under your foundation. This step absorbs oil, preventing foundation oxidization while keeping your makeup in place longer. Many primers on the market today are silicone based which acts as a barrier between the skin and makeup. Some good primers are Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. If you are sensitive to silicones, try Korres primers as they are silicone-free. Silicone-based makeup needs an effective makeup remover for thorough cleansing or it may lead to clogged pores.
If you use foundation, now’s the time to apply it. After applying foundation, create a blush base with a cream blush or gel cheek stain. Blend the cheek stain or cream blush with your fingers as quickly as you can to prevent streaking.
Some cream blushes are silicone-based as well. These tend to last longer than typical blush. Stila Custom Blush, Urban Decay Afterglow Glide On Cheek Tint, Smashbox O-Glow, Perfekt Cheek Perfection Gel all contain the magic silicone ingredient that helps them stay on longer.
Next, choose a powder blush of a similar hue to set your gel/cream blush. This ensures that your blush stays as long as you need it to. A quality blush brush with soft bristles is definitely a worthwhile investment as they last a long time. Sweep light upward strokes from the cheeks to the jawbone. You can couple of strokes on both left and right temples for shading. For the final step, use feather-light circular strokes at the apple of your cheeks.
And we’re done! No doubt, this method might take some time but it’s foolproof insurance that last all day. Of course you can try the infamous Jersey Shore hair-spray makeup setting technique for a solid all-night partying. But I don’t think spraying chemicals on face daily is such a good idea.