Blush crush! Blusher and eyebrow grooming give an instant pick me up and can take years off you

By Anna | December 3 2012 | 22 Comments

When I was young and fresh-faced, I never used blusher. When it came to make-up, my approach was always the sneaky wearing-make-up-to-make-yourself-look-like-you’re-not-wearing-makeup-but-just-have-naturally-amazing-skin – with the exception of black eyeliner, which I often favoured (when I was in college, I would sometimes put on eyeliner before I went to bed and SLEEP IN IT ON PURPOSE to create the perfect smudgy eye. Don’t do this at home, kids), and, around 1997, a touch of glitter.

As the years went by, I accumulated a vast collection of expensive foundations that made me look like I wasn’t wearing any foundation and a frankly ludicrously large collection of nude lipsticks. And when it came to facial grooming, my eyebrows were naturally quite neat and well-defined, so apart from plucking the odd brow hair, I left them pretty much alone.

This was all fine by me. I wanted to look pale and (hopefully) interesting, so as long as my skin looked fresh and clear, blusher wasn’t something that interested me. But then, as my thirties progressed, something happened. I was sticking to my old regime, but suddenly it didn’t seem enough anymore. I couldn’t even figure out what was missing, until I tried some Nars Orgasm blush. It was like my entire face had woken up. I didn’t look 20, of course, but I didn’t look so…tired.

I also started paying more attention to my brows. Against my will, I started feeling that if my face was getting naturally more haggard and less, you know, young, I wanted to make sure that at least my eyebrows looked good. Sad but true.

See our great step by step tutorial on how to apply powder blush

And I know I’m not alone in this. Recently a friend and I, who like myself as generally gone for an understated look, discussed our late-thirties adoption of blusher. It wasn’t that we wanted to look ridiculously youthful. We just wanted to look, well, alive. And that’s how everything from Bobbi  Brown’s little pot rouge (Powder Pink is my favourite) to Smashbox’s Baked Fusion Soft Lights became a part of my regular daytime routine (when I’m going out to meet people, that is. I work from home, and I haven’t reached the stage where I feel the need to don make-up just to go to the shops. Yet).

So what about you? Have you found yourself changing your products and trying out new ways to wake yourself up?


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22 Replies to "Blush crush! Blusher and eyebrow grooming give an instant pick me up and can take years off you"

  • ladyelvis says:

    Oh God can’t believe you deliberately slept in your eyeliner! That’s commitment to a look! Mind you I did the glitter thing too in 1997, and what I discovered that once you use glitter it stays on you for MONTHS. And not just on your face-on clothes, bed linen, and anyone who came within a foot of you. God I loved it though.
    Totally a convert in my 30s to blusher and grown out eyebrows. My choice is Armani Blushing Fabric cream blusher, it makes such a huge difference. As does regular brow threading, and Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil and MAC Brow Set-will never be without these, especially as I get older.

  • Hellojed says:

    I also only started using blusher in my 30s, I thought it was just me! I would never have even thought to use it before as I always had red cheeks (in fact I would try to tone them down when I was younger). I have a very minimal make up routine but blusher is a must – even though I only use foundation on my t-zone.

  • I couldn’t be without blusher, my face looks totally flat if I dont use it, these days im all about MAC mineralise skinfinish in light flush

  • I recently started using brow products, and it really does make a difference! Using the ELF Eyebrow Kit, cheap as chips and perfect for the job.
    Current blushers are Coralista or Chanel (for those days when I want a discrete look). Add mascara + concealer, and am good to go!

  • Eva says:

    Using highlighter on my cheek and brow bones makes a big difference for me; gives my skin a youthful sheen. BeneFit Watt’s Up is my holy grail for this purpose.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Anna you were hardcore grunge sleeping in your eyeliner to get the look right! Like you I never wore blusher – and now I am completely addicted. I love it – the difference it makes is amazing – but I know now I’ve gone the other way and I often wear too much
    One day I’ll get it right

  • Emily says:

    I have to say I use blusher and I am still in my twentines. I often find that I wake in the morning looking a bit pale and lifeless in the winter and a touch of blush is the perfect pick-me-up. It can be to hard to find the right shade but Nars “Orgasm” is a wonderful universal *suits all* shade. I have also learnt to leave my eyebrows alone apart from the pluck of the odd hair and filling in with a mid-brown eyeshadow…the skinny “not really there” eyebrow look just won’t work anymore (and never really did).

  • Miss. Y says:

    I would’ve never believed that you were in your late thirties, I always thought you were in your mid twenties! Amazing!

  • EvieM says:

    I’m sooo pale that I’ve always used blushers just so people would stop asking me if I was feeling ok.

    Celine I’m totally with you on the Chanel blushes, my favourites are tea rose (a peachy pink) and glamour (a natural glow pink), both have a lovely sheen to them so you look glowy rather than powdery…plus they last forever. I also love Orgasm but it only really suits me during the summer or on holidays when I’m more cream than snow white and have a few freckles. Could not be without my blusher though, even if I’ve no time for makeup I cannot be without undereye concealer, powder, blush and mascara, at least then I don’t look dead.

  • Miss. Y says:

    Woops I’m only realizing now that you’re not the model in the pictures! Sorry! :-D but anyways all you girls are gorgeous ;-)

  • *Aisling* says:

    Miss Y – no worries that’s so funny! No Eva the girl in the photos is only 21!

  • Miruku says:

    I’m 25 and became addicted to blusher this year *confession*

    I have a MAC one but it’s a bit hard to blend so I use a Japanese brand called “Candy Doll”. Baby pink is my go-to for everyday but I can’t resist a luminous pink for a night out. 90s-tastic!

    I also have an orange but I can’t work out how to wear it…

  • Redser says:

    I’m in my mid 30’s & have been pondering recently about starting with a bit of blusher to aid my very pale self

    Thing is :blush: I haven’t a clue about using/applying blusher as I always shied away from it – I only started wearing make up regularly in my early 20’s & then when I started I thought my cheeks were red enough without emphasising them more.

    I get confused with all the different ones so any advice what to try – is Nars the go to product?

  • Edelmc says:

    I am in my early 30’s with 3 small children so to make me look like I have slept and look alive I swear my highlighters (I am a bit of an addict), under eye concealers and blush. My Hg products are mac strobe liquid, cream colour base in Luna and mineralize skin finish in lightscapade. For under eyes I love mac moisture cover concealer and for blush nars multiple in orgasm (I find cream products give more of a youthful glow). I have also recently discovered clarins beauty flash balm & eye balm…wouldn’t be without the flash balm

  • *Aisling* says:

    Redser – Irish women love Nars Orgasm because it’s the perfect peachy pink for us and suits most fair skin tones. Have a look at the guide above where we have a makeup artist showing you how exactly how to apply powder blusher too and I know you’ll be hooked!

  • LauraLou says:

    “dainty” from mac is also GORGEOUS!! v similar to deep throat from nars

  • Anna says:

    I (unsurprisingly) agree with Aisling – Nars is so flattering to pale Irish people. It adds a lovely healthy glow. I’d also suggest the Bobbi Brown one I mentioned in the post – it’s a cream blush and it’s nice and sheer.

    ladyelvis, you’re so right about the glitter. I had a great clear glitter gel that I got on my J1 which I was very fond of and which was less flaky than most but even so, I’d find myself sparkling several days later.

    Anyway, it’s good to know I’m not alone in reaching for the blush as the years go by! It really is amazing what a difference it can make.

    And Miss Y, ha, I look a lot older (and less blonde) than that lovely model!

  • tina10 says:

    If my skin is bad, ie blotchy or rosacea on cheeks I find that putting blusher on erases my careful camouflage job.

  • Redser says:

    Cool – thanks guys I shall investigate & see about adding it to my Christmas treat list ;)

  • PinkPanther says:

    I forgot to apply blusher one day and people in work kept asking was I not well! Unbelievable the difference it makes. And ALWAYS have brow pencil on or I look like I don’t have any brows. Had grown them back in recently but then got tweezer happy after a few glasses of wine and back to square one. It had taken me about a year to grow them back too!

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