Blush, bronzer or both?

Blush, bronzer or both? How’s a girl supposed to know what to use? Read on to learn about the differences between blush and bronzer, and find out which one is right for you.

Blush vs. bronzer
Woman applying blush

The difference

Blush
The purpose of using a blush is to define your cheekbones, giving them a hint of healthy rosy glow and dimension. Blush comes in a range of colours, usually in an array of pink, rose and boysenberry hues, which are quite different to the natural, earthy, darker tones used for bronzers.

If you have dry skin, you’ll probably tend to find the creams or gels feel more comfortable on your face. You can apply creams or gels with your fingers but they’re best applied with a buffing brush.

Blush comes in a variety of powders, creams and gels. It depends on your preference, but it’s generally easier to blend using powders with bristled brushes to avoid streaks or hard lines. Powders are also great if you tend to have oilier skin and they will help your makeup last longer.

When using blush, subtleness is the key. Too much or the wrong colour and you’ll end up looking like Krusty the Clown. The easiest way to select blush colour is to choose a colour which complements your eye and lip makeup.

Bronzer
If you’ve constantly got the pasty complexion of the Cullen family, then bronzer should be your best friend. It’s the quickest and easiest way to give yourself a healthy sun-kissed glow without having to worry about messy self-tanning creams. Trying to apply self-tanning lotions can be disastrous. Too much and you’ll end up looking like an oompah loompa. Don’t apply it evenly and you’ll end up with streaks.

The great thing about bronzer is it also helps conceal redness or skin blemishes and easily washes off. The key to applying bronzer like a professional is to invest in one of those big, soft bristle brushes.

Blush, bronzer or both?

It depends what look you want to achieve. By using both products, you can acquire amazing cheeks your girlfriends will be jealous of. Use bronzer to contour and sculpt, and blush to add colour.

Even during winter, combining the two will help you achieve a healthy natural look. However, the most important thing to remember is no matter whether you use blush, bronzer or both, it’s a good idea to have a good skincare routine and remember to remove your makeup before bed.

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