Instant beauty: we're blushing
This season's hottest make-up trends aren't just about the eyes or lips. Blush was back with a bang at many of the biggest Autumn/Winter shows - with a variety of colours and finishes on display to create a medley of easy-to-achieve looks...
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If you want to experiment with blusher this season, there's one key phrase to bear in mind: anything goes. Models sported everything from unmissable flushes of colour at Versace to natural-looking rosy glows at Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. And at Valentino, fashion-forward metallic touches were added to pretty pink cheeks.
So how you interpret the look is really up to you. 'For me, the biggest blush trends for Autumn/Winter are soft, subtle and understated with a metallic or satin finish,' says make-up artist Rae Mathieson from Beauty UK.
'But that doesn't necessarily mean it's time to ditch the bronzer,' she adds. 'Rather than using it to get that golden glow, you could try a matt bronzer to sculpt and define the skin.' Try Clinique Almost Bronzer (£23.50): its versatile formula makes it very easy to apply and customise your look.
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As ever, application is key to creating and maintaining the perfect blush. Remember, always wait a few minutes after applying foundation to give it time to set before you begin to work on your cheeks. Pat McGrath, who created the striking looks for Versace, advises using a cream blusher and applying with your fingertips until you have a 'soft from-within glow'.
And Rae suggests: 'Try lightly highlighting and drawing out your cheeks with the faintest hint of peachy cream blush. The rest of your skin should be left natural-looking and dewy. Apply it lightly to the apples of the cheeks in small circular strokes while smiling into the mirror. And always blend upwards and outwards towards the hairline.'
Rae's top product? Beauty UK Baked Blusher (£3.99) in Peaches and Cream or Baked Peach: both will enhance the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlised shimmer.
If you want the focus to be on your cheeks, keep the rest of your look fairly neutral. Think groomed brows, washes of pale brown or pink across the eyes and nude-coloured lips. Easy does it!
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