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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Lee

Why You Should Be Layering Your Blush

The days of using one, flat blush shade are gone, baby. We all want that "glow from within" look to our makeup -- because, HELLO, foreverrr young -- and a glowing blush is just the way to start without using a highlight that could accidentally accentuate any fine lines.

To get a natural and dimensional flush, I would suggest sweeping a base shade all over the cheeks and then adding a pop of color or a shimmer shade to the apples. Base = matte and neutral. Apples = the round/puffy part of your cheek closest to the nose.

The Scott Barnes Chick Cheek No1 blush palette has it all for you to try and this is the first palette option to look into. This is what is said about his 8 color blush palette:

"The Scott Barnes Chic Cheek Blush Palette name says it all. With six refined and sophisticated color choices, next to two gorgeous amplifiers, blush has never looked so vibrant. Scott designed Chic Cheek to paint color throughout the face, not exclusively to cheeks. Its multi-use is so appealing that you might find its the answer you didn’t know you needed. The amplifiers when used correctly, will transform your faces color and sheen straight to the runway. Chic Cheek is rich, luxurious, gorgeous color for that youthful glow we’ve all come to love and expect from Scott Barnes. With extremely minimal fallout and kickback on the brush, high color payoff, and being blending friendly, Chic Cheek is your answer to a youthful and luxuriously colored face."

And in case you don't know who Scott Barnes is, he's J.Lo's makeup artist. YAS, QUEEN!

A cheaper alternative, but I still find to be great quality, is the Morphe 8C Cool Pro Blush Palette or the Morphe 8W Warm Master Blush Palette.

And this is what they say about the Morphe 8 color blush palettes:

"Buff your way to the top of the blush game with an array of warm tones. This palette features eight blendable, super-boss shades in matte, shimmer, and satin finishes that command attention in all the right ways."

The $22 vs $58 has me leaning a certain way -- *ahem* Morphe! -- but on the flip side, I know Scott Barnes' quality of products and his $58 palette is WELL worth the price. So it's all in what your pockets can handle. I have used both palettes on clients and they both have pretty comparable pigmentation. If anything, I've noticed the Scott Barnes palette to have a little more long-wear tendencies to it. I do wish his palette had more cool-toned options, but the neutrals still make it work.

I didn't have the intentions to come on here to compare these two blush palettes, but there is something that needed to be discussed while I was at it.

One other thing that I wanted to mention was prep work before adding blush. The biggest improvement I've seen on my own face is using a primer. Primers will smooth any textures or blemishes and will also make it a little sticky on your face. Your foundation will adhere to that and the blush will lay so nicely on your cheeks.

So to bring the circle back around, blush is meant to make your complexion look healthy and young(er) and layering with different shades can give you that natural glow. If you still have questions or maybe I didn't make sense in this post, there's plenty of videos that will help you out. I can point you in the right direction if you need any assistance with it.

If you're not sure what blush color suits your skin tone, stay tuned and I'll be posting soon to help you find the right fit!

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