If your complexion's looking a duller than dishwater, there's an easy way to mimic a glowing-from-within effect. It's called gel blush. While harder to find and apply than cream blush, the payoff is worth it. Not only does it give the skin a transparent flush, its major benefits are that it's long-wearing and you won't even look like you're wearing makeup at all. Here are some handy hints for this makeup must-have . . .
Smooth sailing: Skin that's been freshly exfoliated will allow for a smoother application.
The key to success: The key to applying gel blush is to work quickly and precisely. First, apply the gel blush, like Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Colour ($37.95) or DuWop Bronze Rush ($52), over freshly washed skin or a liquid-based foundation. (Do not apply gel blushes over powder products.) Next, using the fingers, a sponge or a foundation brush, lightly tap in the product to the apples of the cheeks up toward the hairline. Blend, and layer on more if necessary.
Keep reading . . .A dab will do: If using the fingers to apply, dab on the gel blush with your middle finger. Promptly blend, using both your middle and ring finger. (The clean ring finger will pick up some of the extra product and aid in the application.)
Oopsie daisy: Made a mistake? Try adding a little moisturiser or foundation over the blush to lift up some of the pigments. If that doesn't work, you might have to wash the face and start over. But soon it'll gel together. Tee hee.