best way to apply super pigmented blush
hello, i have a pretty bright blush that is super pigmented... it is almost too pigmented for me. i am using a mac 188 now which is a duo-fibre brush but i am looking for a better technique to apply it or a better brush. thanks
If I want a really faint wash of color on my cheeks or on a client I'll use a fan brush, like the Sephora Collection I.T. Highlighting Fan Brush . This is also a great brush for applying highlight powder for a delicate soft appeal.
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Hi loveallmakeup, Well, Janine just took the words right out of my mouth. You could tap it to get any extra off and the brush it on the top of your hand, or arm (as long as you don't have a heavy moisturizer of SPF on, then the blush and brush would pick that up, not a great combo) Or you could just wipe it on a tissue before applying.
I have used Bare Escentuals for a long time and recently started using It Cosmetics. After you apply your blush you could run some BE Mineral Veil or IT Cosmetics finishing powder over the top of your blush. Maybe this will help.
beautytester always has great ideas and fixes, hope she'll chime in with some other ideas. Hope this helps you. Hope you'll come back and let us know.
Ya' know what else you could try is to get the blush on your brush then if you have a loose product in particular, like Mineral Veil or other finishing powder, put some of the loose powder in the top of that Mineral Veil (or other) and mix it in the top before applying. Did that make sense? Hope so, not sure it will do the trick, may make it look muddy or something but it's worth a try.
**note - if you have any facial hair at all, you want to use downward strokes of whatever you apply last, that was it will help keep any hairs from sticking out or up. Sometimes, as hard as we try it seems there's always a stray here or there and different light at just the Wrong angle could make those rebellious hairs, that love to stick up, more noticeable.
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I actually have that pink Sephora fan brush and would suggest that. My blush and bronzer are all promos or GWP, so they are usually too dark or pigmented for my shade. The fan brush gives a sheer diffused wash of blush/bronzer/highlighter powder so it's excellent for very pigmented powders and you never have to worry about blending out the edge since it's so light. I also like it for cleaning off eyeshadow fall offs and contouring since I need subtle colors and precision. Of course, you can swirl it in the powder and apply a couple of times for a buildable coverage comparable to a fluffy brush.
Lastly, especially for powder blush, it is better to apply it under a layer of finishing powder for longer lasting power and more natural look, and it also tones down the blush. Since powder blush tend to look a little flat, this will make it looks like the blush is coming from within instead of on top/artificial/flat. I usually apply the blush with the blush brush, so it now looks a bit heavy, then apply med-sheer coverage mattifying powder all over my face, now I look natural. For touch up, I just go over the blush with the fan brush lightly a couple times, then apply.
@kssweetheart. lol, I wasn't expecting to be referenced. I was going to settle for hearting posts instead but now I gotta stop lurking and comment. =P
I like to use a flat blush to apply a super pigmented blush. Take some of the product on the brush, tap it a few times (to remove extra product) and then apply it to your face. You can also take a little bit by swiping the blush with a tissue and then working from there. It will defuse the color a bit!
Sephora Collection Classic The Complexion Brush #53