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Blushing Beauty 101: How to select and apply the perfect blush

Including blush in your makeover can warm up your complexion, make you look healthier and can create the illusion of cheekbones, but picking the right colour for your skin tone and then applying it correctly is no mean feat! There’s an art to choosing the perfect blush shade, and it involves understanding your complexion and face shape.

Choosing your blush shade

The main rule for choosing a blush colour is to work with, not against, your skin tone.

One option is to try the pinch test! All you have to do is pinch your cheeks to see what colour you naturally blush and try to match with that. However having two or three shades in your repertoire can help you achieve different looks depending on your mood so carry on reading what will work best for you and you’ll be a blushing beauty in no time!

As a general rule of thumb if your skin tone falls in the very fair, porcelain range, soft pink and apricot shades work well.

Ash and platinum blondes will look fabulous with soft bubblegum pink shades.

For medium complexions (tan, golden or olive skin tones) opt for warmer shades like peach, rose and coral. A bronze-tinged shade will really boost olive skin too.

And if your complexion falls in the dark range choose a cheek colour that adds warmth. Terra cotta or even red-orange shades really flatter darker skin.
How to Apply your blush

  1. Finish off your base with primer and foundation and let it sink in and dry completely before you apply blush.
  2. Take ELES Powder Blush Brush and sweep it across your blush compact then tap any excess powder off. Remember you can always add more blush but removing it becomes tricky so go for less product to begin with and build if you feel it’s necessary,
  3. Look in the mirror and smile to find out where the apples of your cheeks are.
  4. Follow the guide below and apply blush to area of cheeks dependant on your face shape.
  5. If it’s not intense enough for you, repeat these steps.

Tip: The NEW ELES Baked Blush can be applied dry or wet. If you want more colour, apply wet with a makeup sponge for more intensity.

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Our secret to looking like a VS angel

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup model face contour highlightThis Spring, transform your skin from dull to delicately luminous and emerge like an angel (yes, just like the look of the VS angels ❤︎). As you know, it’s the season of flowers and it’s also the perfect time to bare a little. Show nothing but glowing beauty this spring by following these tips:

  1. Prepare your skin. Use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub to get rid of dull skin from the past season.  In a few days, you’ll notice your skin clearing up and you’ll have a pretty smooth canvas to begin with.
  2. Pick a good base. Always choose a foundation/BB Cream/sheer tint one shade lighter than your facial skin tone.
  3. Keep it simple. Spring look is supposedly light so you’ll blend with the refreshing environment. A little blush, very minimal eye makeup and a light colour balm would be great.
  4. Top it with this “liquid light” we call the ELES Mineral Sheer Veil to brighten and enhance your skin. Remember your contour lines? Instead of highlighting with just a regular powder, add a light sweep of this on areas to be highlighted and look like an angel!Bring these features forward and downplay any chubby areas.
    Highlight the:
  • Centre of your forehead
  • Length of your nose
  • Cupid’s bow
  • Centre of your chin

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The ELES Mineral Sheer Veil in Apricot as seen in CLEO magazine’s beauty feature
Bright here, bright now

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GET GLOWING: How To Do Believable Bronzer

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About Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor is one of Australia’s leading freelance beauty, fashion and lifestyle writers. She has spent the last decade working in women’s lifestyle and fashion publishing, contributing to some of the top magazines and websites both locally and overseas.

Get Glowing

Bronzer is a beauty product of contradictions. While most of us would name it in our “Can’t Live Without” list, especially during summer, this buy can potentially do more harm than good if applied incorrectly. Think a muddy-looking pallor, orange doughnuts for cheeks, or accentuated fine lines and wrinkles. Done right, however, bronzer can lift your look and add healthy colour to your complexion.

Follow these simple steps to avoid a faux glow faux pas:

Choose the correct formula

This is key for achieving a believable result. If you normally use a creamy foundation or tinted moisturiser, you’ll need a liquid or cream-based bronzer to complement your look.

If, however, you always top your base with a dusting of translucent powder, similarly your chosen bronzer should take the form of a powder form.  This golden rule – cream on cream, powder on powder – will banish telltale lines and ensure blending is a breeze.

Be smart about texture

Remember that different finishes create different results. So, if you want to create a chiseled bone structure or add a sunkissed wash of colour to your complexion, a matt formula will work best.

If, however, you want to add a lit-from-within glow, you’ll need a bronzer with a shimmery finish for a radiance boost. A word of warning on high-shine textures, though: while super-flattering for skin, they do act like a highlighter pen. So just be sure to keep them away from any lines, crows feet or blemishes. Cheekbones and temples make the ideal position.

Blend, blend, blend

Taking the time to apply your bronzer correctly will ensure professional-looking results every time. But take note: never rely on the little applicators that can be found in some products. If you’re using a powder bronzer, invest in a large, fluffy brush to create a seamless finish. Swirl it over the compact, then tap gently on the back of your hand to dislodge any clumps of colour before using a light, circular motion to apply to your skin. Start at the apples of your cheeks and work upwards towards your temples, blending into your hairline for a traceless finish.

Using a liquid or cream? Apply a little to the back of your hand, then use a clean foundation brush to work the bronzer into your skin to create an airbrushed look. Alternatively, blend a touch of the product between your fingers and dab onto your cheeks, allowing the warmth of your fingers to help the colour melt into your complexion.

A note about blush…

While it may sound counterintuitive to use two cheek colour products at once, a bronzer’s best friend is, in fact, blush. After you’ve applied your chosen glow-getter, grab a blush in a rosy tone (just remember the golden rule above – cream on cream, powder on powder – it’s essential here, too). By adding just a dash of pink to the apples of your cheeks as a finishing touch, the results look so much more natural. Muddy pallor? Not any more!

Emily x

How to Fake a Healthy Glow

There’s a flu worthy of a Contagion-style film going around Sydney at the moment and we’re doing all we can not to catch it! But it has got us thinking, once you’re over that must-stay-in-bed phase of the winter flu and you’re heading back to work still feeling a little under the weather, you sort of have to fake it ’til you make it, right?
If you’re unlucky enough to have caught the super flu, or even when a mild cold comes knocking, this guide to faking the glowing health of goddesses like Miranda Kerr will have you ready for your close up and you won’t have to spend hours of precious sleep time to achieve it either!

Blush Rush
We all know rosy cheeks give the impression of health so don’t be afraid of your blusher! Go easy though, given that we’re often a little paler when we’re feeling under-the-weather, your usual dose of peachy pink could be a little over bearing if you’re unwell. Remember, makeup it’s always easier to add on than take off so apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks, then add more if it’s not enough!
ELES RECOMMENDS: Our Mineral Matte Blush comes in two gorgeous shades and has jet-milled pigments to deliver a velvety finish.

Bronzed Beauty
Bronzer can take you from sick-bed to glamazon with the swoop of a brush. Well, at least looking that way! The humble bronzer does wonders for your healthy glow and takes no time at all. Try our Mineral Finish Bronzer Duos there are four shade combinations, each with one matte bronzer and one shimmering powder meaning you can create the look you want with one product. Each one is designed to minimize fine lines while maximizing a healthy glow.

Bright Eyes
Our eyes are not just the window to our soul, but to our health. Often when our body is battling illness, our eyes go slightly yellow or red. Counteract this with a little white shadow in the inner corner of your eye. Not only will this make your eyes look brighter but also larger so you can eliminate any signs of fatigue.
A good coating of Lush Mascara will help open up your eyes too!
ELES Recommends: Our Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal will do the trick! If you’re after a more subtle, matte look, our Mineral Matte Shadow in Antique White is a great option too.

Pink Lips
As much as we love bold, bright lipsticks, they can feel like a little too much work when we’re not feeling our best. But, like the rest of our face, our lips tend to lose colour when we’re unwell.
Luckily, there is a solution. Our Super Balm is easy to apply, packs a hydrating punch and leaves a subtle slick of colour. Try our Super Balm in Sweetie for healthy-looking pink lips!

EXPERT TIP: When you’re sick, your body is working harder than it normally does to try and get you better. This means sensitivities and allergies can flare up more than they otherwise would. Using mineral makeup ensures you’re able to fake a healthy glow without irritating the skin even more. Win win!