Of Blush and Bronzer

Being black and dark in complexion, I won’t lie, I have stayed far far away from any sort of blush or colour on my cheeks. The only concession I made was to use bronzer because I think it makes me look really pretty. Anyway, I realised that a lot of people are really clueless when it comes to using blush or choosing the right kind of blush. From dark-skinned sisters like myself, to olive skinned and even fair- skinned women. I mean, I’ve seen people looking like clowns and I stay nowhere near a circus!!).

So I decided to compile a quick guide on blush and then throw in something about bronzer just because I can, and because it made the title of the post.  (Of Mice and Men… Of Blush and Bronzer… see??)

Anyway, here it is:

For deep, darker complexions, deep pink, medium orange and ruby blushes are the best bet. Stay away from pastels and bright pinks or else you’ll end up with dry-ashy-looking skin.

Medium skin tones look best in warmer tones, like light pinks and oranges, but one has to be very careful with these colours, again, you don’t wanna end up like a cousin of Bozo the clown!

For the fair maidens, it is imperative that you have a ‘less-is-more’ approach when it comes to blush. Also, avoid colours like purples that can make your skin appear somewhat bruised and battered.

An important tip for all skin tones is that if you reckon you’ve put on too much blush, just dab some translucent powder over it and you’ll be good to go.

Women with skin in lighter shades will definitely have to use a feather-weight hand when it comes to application, because blush can overwhelm the face with a flick of the wrist. Ruby, orange and purple hues should be avoided, as your skin will appear bruised or sickly. Medium and pastel pinks are the prettiest on fair skins. Brighter tones used carefully can give caramel complexions a highly dramatic look without looking laughable. Experiment, but be careful.

Bronzer is the secret to getting that “glow” that apparently only pregnant women have.  If applied correctly that is. What’s really cool though is that not only does your skin have that dewy glow to it, it looks sun-kissed, even in winter when skin tends to be all dry and ashy.

The trick is to apply the bronzer to all the spots that the sun naturally hits, like your cheeks, forehead chin and nose. Again, with blusher, it is also necessary to find the correct shade for your skin. You should never pick a bronzer that it more than two shades darker than your own skin. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be an ‘either bronzer or blush’ decision, you can rock both (like a BOSS!). In fact, bronzer over blush makes your glow even dewier (is that even a word??).

My personal favourite is Avon’s Arabian Glow bronzing pearls.  Iman Cosmetics also has some really great blush and a particularly popular one is the Iman Afterglow Bronzer which can apparently work as a bronzer or a blush depending on your skin tone.

While too much blush can leave you looking like a clown, too much bronzer can leave you looking well, orange, and really, that’s never ever good.

So blush and bronze away ladies!

Till next time




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