Being a fair skinned Mum I’m always conscious of being sun smart… Not too little, not too much! So how do you maintain a healthy radiant glow all year round without the constant maintenance and costs of tanning products and services?

I’m happy to say the solution is simple… Find a beautiful bronzer or blush to give you an instant, time and cost effective all year round natural radiance.

So how do we get it right without looking like a throw back from the 1980’s?

Is there a perfect shade for you?

There is a general rule that a soft blush suits a fair skin tone, peach and bronze hues look perfect on a medium to olive skin tone and apricots through to deep pink-red blushes are perfect for darker skin tones.

In saying that you can mix up your cheek colour from blush to bronze depending on the occasion, the season and your individual style for the day. There is really no right or wrong.

Perfecting the application

Cheek colour must always be applied once you have completed your base (moisturiser and foundation), eyes, brows and lips.

There is a wide variety of formulas from powders to cream blush and bronzers on the market, I would recommend a cream formula if you have dry skin or if you are concerned with fine lines. A cream formula will add hydration and won’t draw attention to any fine lines. A powder formula is great for all skin types and teamed up with a good blush brush it can be used to create contours and highlights to your cheeks and cheek bones.

Alternatively you can use both for more staying power and a deeper tone. Remember if using both a cream and a powder always apply cream based products first then apply your powder over the top.

 Simple steps…

First step, avoid using the small brush that comes with most compacts instead use a nice thick blush brush this will ensure you get a nice natural sweep of colour rather than a solid stripe across your cheek.

Secondly, look into the mirror and smile (gently). The area of your cheek that rises is referred to as the ‘apple’ of your cheek and is the best place to start applying your blush/bronzer for a nice youthful flush. There is no right or wrong amount of colour let the occasion or if you feel you need a little more colour than normal dictate the intensity of your glow.

Start with a little bit of colour in a soft swirling motion on and around the apple of your cheeks, build the colour by reapplying more colour until you reach your desired look. Don’t be too heavy handed and always ensure that the colour is blended with no visible streaks or lines.

For a beautiful sun kissed glow add a hint of blush or bronzer across your forehead, chin and nose… Be sure to use very soft strokes to add just a touch of colour.


If your wanting to create a more elegant or evening look dab a little shimmer or gleamer along the highest point of your cheekbones. You know you have applied enough product once you have achieved a dewy, slight sheen across this section of your cheekbone.

Highlighters also look fabulous swept across your brow bone as well as a dab on your Cupid’s bow to accentuate the shape of your lips.

I truly believe that a great blush or bronzer should be an essential item in every women’s makeup collection. You can add a healthy sun-kissed glow or a perfectly pink flush to your complexion that will give your face an instant pick me up and the illusion of a more youthful appearance.

With Winter approaching now is the best time to play with new colours & highlighters and follow the above guidelines to add a healthy hint of colour to your cheeks!


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  • I have olive skin but prefer a pink tone for my blush as I’m not really into push or bronze tones.
    I love a good highlighter though, usually in a rose tone.


  • Good read for those wanting to blush up, me I am red enough.


  • It’s funny, I always put on just enough foundation to cover the reddish toned skin I have around my cheek area, then I apply a blush to the same place! Seems silly sometimes!


  • great tips!


  • Thanks for the hints. I like to wear blush but never know if it’s too much or it’s just me blushing.


  • I always look like a clown when I wear blush. Hopeless at applying it.


  • Have been applying your tips, makes a huge difference, thanks for sharing.


  • Thanks for the expert tips.


  • Thank you for the tip, I’m not good at make up at all


  • Thanks for the tips, blush is always tricky to get right.


  • After years of having to wear a “full face” of make-up for work, I rarely wear it now unless I really have to. A light dusting of bronzing powder, a splash of lippy, a faint brush of blush and a little mascara and that’s it. And sometimes I even just put a little lippy on, and then blend in a bit of lippy over my cheek-bones instead of blush powder.


  • I actually don’t like the look of blush. Most of the time I see it on people it looks like they’ve gone way overboard! Even on make up specialists!


  • Needed these tips hate looking like a clown


  • I think blush always finishes a look.


  • thanks for this, but I dont actually use blush at all, I like my look without it


  • I also don’t use blush but thanks for the article, interesting tips for those that do wear blush.


  • Interesting and good advice from someone in the know.


  • I rarely wear blush, it never seems to look natural enough


  • I don’t use blush – might have to try it again


  • i definitely need to try this need to try this as my skin is
    quite pale will give it a try thank you for sharing.


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