Harare – Wearing facial make-up is one of the many ways women enhance their beauty.
The art of such make-up includes the eyebrows, lips, lashes, eye shadows, eye liners, foundation, concealers and blushes. All these contribute to a glamorous look that makes a woman feel alive, youthful and vibrant.
Blushes are defined by British make-up artist, Wayne Goss, as a soft pigment available in powders or creams meant to mimic the natural flush of one’s face, making its complexion look more healthy and lively.
Blushes are applied on the cheekbone area and they come in different textures and colours that are suitable for different types of skin tone, complexion and foundation.
There is no standard formula for applying blushes, but, choosing the right shade, type and technique is the key to getting the right look as suggested by Zambian make-up artist based in Zimbabwe, Lesley Namwanga.
“Applying make-up is an art and there is no standard formula of doing it. It is all in creativity and, of course, in looking glamorous. The way one applies blushes is determined by the intended appearance. For instance, if you want to create a more lifted up face probably because of aging, you can apply the blushes on the bunch structure of the cheekbone going up.
“The application should be done in circular motion with a colour that blends with the foundation. The blushes should not be too loud or visible like colourful eye shadows, otherwise you will end up looking like a ‘babe doll’,” said Namwanga.
She said one can put a slight smile while applying the blushes in a motion circles so that when the smile fades away, the blushes will be on the apple of the cheek.
When using this technique, it is advisable not to widen the smile or smile too much because it distorts the look after the make-up.
“A wide smile will result in the blushes overlapping to the wrinkles of the eyes and thereby creating an artificial look that may appear like someone who has just had a surgery,” she said.
“There are cases where one can use the blushes to widen a narrow face. This is done by applying the blush in a straight horizontal line on the apple of the cheekbone. It can also be done by applying the blush downwards from the edge of the apple of the cheekbone going downwards.”
According to the make-up artist, one can also apply the blushes with an arc form on the cheekbone area and use a blending blush-brush to uplift the face.
In a separate interview, a Zimbabwean make-up artist, Melisa Masangomai, said blushes should be minimum to avoid a ridiculous look.
“Blushers are meant to add colour on one’s face but that does not mean one should look like petals of different flowers. A blush is supposed to be very minimum and it should not vividly show. The most encouraged blushes nowadays are the bronze with faint glitter that cuts across all type of skins and tones,” said Masangomai.
She said blushes help to make one’s make-up last long and blend well.