Starting Off: Blush

This weeks topic for the Starting Off Project is blusher.

Firstly I will say, I am not a big fan of “rules” with makeup, and especially not blusher. I do agree that some shades will suit some skin tones better than others, but on the whole I feel it is just a personal choice so you should choose which ever shade you like the look of on your skin!

You can apply it however you feel it suits your face, but I will give some examples of different ways you can try it out and see what you like. You could apply it just to the apples of your cheeks, in a slight diagonal line across your cheek, along the upper part of your cheekbone, or in a diagonal line along the top of your contour colour, widening out a little as you get further back (this is how I do it more often than not).

There really is no dead set way of how to apply it, the best option is to try different looks with different shades and application techniques.

The only time I use my fingers to apply blush is if it is a cream blush, other than that I always use a brush, and this is my favourite one I have found so far, as it picks up a good amount of colour, but doesn’t pick up too much and due to the tapered feathering around the sides o the brush you don’t get a harsh line up your face.

Real Techniques Blush brush

I have included a cream blush in this to point something out…. sometimes vream/gel blushes can look so bright and scary, but when applied can have a lovely colour to them, nothing like as bright as they seem! For example this one I like from e.l.f:

(There is a picture of swatches of all the blushes I am talking about in this post at the bottom if you want to see what they look like on the skin)

Elf Cream Blush FlirtThis is the e.l.f studio cream blush in the shade Flirt – and from the packaging it looks really bright and scary! But honestly when applied to the skin it gives a beautiful finish and just a lovely hint of pink. This blush is actually great for on the go I find, as you don’t need to take a brush with you, and it’s an instant pop of colour for the cheeks.

Next I want to talk about the loose blushes, as this one I will show you by Bella Pierre is such a gorgeous colour, and blends into the skin so easily – you do however have to be careful not to apply too much as it builds very easily and you can get very bright cheeks very quickly!

The shade I have this in is Desert Rose.

BellaPierre Blush

So next we have two other choices, both of which are the more standard pressed powder blushes. These are the “easiest” as you can build them as much or as little as you like, and they generally blend in very easily so you don’t have to be massively accurate where you place them (within reason of course).

My favourite two pressed blushes at the moment are Mocha by MAC and FratBoy by The Balm.

Mac Blush Mocha

FratBoy Blush Inside

My other “all time” favourite blush is Coralista by Benefit, but unfortunately I have finished my one and not gotten around to getting another yet.

Here is a picture of all of the 4 blushes liested above when swatched onto (very pale) skin. You can obviously build the colour as much as you like, this was just to give an indication.

Elf, Bella Pierre, FratBoy, MAC2

I hope this helps!

Let me know your favourite blush in the comments! Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on them?

Kammi Signature


  1. Cynicalsuzy

    September 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    That Fratboy blusher is a beautiful shade! I’ve never heard of the Balm before!
    I’ve seen quite a few people mention Elf blushes, I definitely need to try them πŸ™‚
    Suzy xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      I got that blush in a beauty subscription box actually, as I hadn’t heard of them before either! Really love that blush now though! πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Hayley

    September 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Lovely post I have been dying to try a theBalm blush for ages, but still not got my hands on one.

    Hayley –


    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      It’s a really gorgeous blush! I got mine from one of the beauty subscription boxes actually, but would most definitely buy more! πŸ™‚ x

  3. Betzy Carmona

    September 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    The balm & mac blushes are my favorite πŸ™‚

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Mac blushes are amazing aren’t they! I have about 5, but Mocha is my favourite at the moment! πŸ™‚ x

  4. katie

    September 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I use that brush for my blusher!
    I really wanna try mac blushers
    Great post got a nice collection πŸ™‚


    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks! I actually have a lot of blushers, these are just my top choices! I have farrrr too much makeup haha. I think a lot of people use that brush, with good reason! πŸ˜€ x

  5. Lily Grace

    September 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I like the look of the Bella Pierre one! Really nice post πŸ™‚
    Lily xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you! It’s a really lovely muted coral/peachy colour which is lovely if you are more wanting warmth to the skin as opposed to just pinky colour! πŸ™‚ x

  6. Hayfa

    September 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Oh the Fratboy is absolutely gorgeous ! πŸ™‚


    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      It’s beautiful and so highly pigmented! Really lovely shade! πŸ™‚ x

  7. Ruby Duchess

    September 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I just love the look of that MAC blush. Looks like it might suit my skintone for winter πŸ™‚

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      You should give it a go! I really love the MAC blushes! πŸ˜€ x

  8. Sophie

    September 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Fratboy is gorgeous and really suits your skin! great post πŸ™‚ xx


    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it really is a lovely colour πŸ™‚ just a lovely warm blush shade and was my go-to for the longest time! Never seems to have gone down much either lol xx

  9. megan

    September 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    that fatboy blush looks lovely, never heard of the brand though! just wanted to let you know that ive nominated you for the Liebster Award, have a wee look at my post on it, ill link it below xo

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      I hadn’t either until I got that blush in a monthly subscription box! It’s actually amazing though!! Aww thank you! πŸ™‚ xx

  10. Darryll

    September 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I’m exactly like you said, too scared to try a crΓ¨me blush! But they look so refreshing and they do such lovely colours! I love the Real Techniques blush brush too!!
    Lovely post πŸ™‚

    darryll ox

    1. Kammitted

      September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      You should try one! The e.l.f ones are lovely and really come out very subtle if you only put a little on! πŸ™‚ The RT Blush Brush is amazing isn’t it! πŸ˜€
      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  11. Golden and Sheen

    September 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Hiya Kammi!! Totally agree with the ‘No rules’ part! As long you like a shade/colour then one can make it work πŸ™‚

    Really like the look of Bella Pierre and Fratboy- gorgeous tones!


    1. Kammitted

      September 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I am not a big fan of makeup rules! There are so many things out there, why would you limit yourself due to someone else telling you you can’t havr a certain colour?! Seems silly! πŸ˜›
      They are really beautiful shades! πŸ™‚

  12. Nikki

    September 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve been dying to try that real techniques brush. Great post! xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you! That brush is ah-may-zing! Was only about Β£10 too! Great value!! πŸ˜€ x

  13. Ashlie

    September 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I really want to try thebalms Frat Boy blush so hopefully that will be next of list to buy. At the moment though I’m loving Sleek blushes and I’ve bought about 5 in a mini haul so hopefully will review these on my new blog soon!

    I’m a big fan of Coralista by Benefit too, love all their box blushes really! πŸ™‚ x

    1. Kammitted

      September 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Oh I have never tried the sleek blushes! Will have to give them a go if your review is good! I will keep an eye out for that going up! πŸ˜€

  14. Poppy

    September 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I love the MAC Mocha blush, looks lovely against your skin tone!
    The ELF blushes sounds great too.. May have to put an order in! πŸ™‚

    Lovely post x

    1. Kammitted

      September 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Mocha is my favourite blush by MAC at the moment, it’s so buildable but can be suble enough for really pale skin too! I will definitely be getting more of the ELF blushes the next time I order! πŸ™‚ Thanks! x

    1. Kammitted

      September 26, 2013 at 1:52 am

      Thanks for the comment! Its a beautiful colour isn’t it! X

  15. LouLovesbeauty

    September 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I love the look of Mac Mocha, it’s stunning!
    Great post

    1. Kammitted

      September 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Thanks! It is a beautiful shade on most skin tones! As I am very pale and cool undertones and it suits me, yet the colour itself is really quite warm! πŸ™‚ x

  16. Charlotte Mudge

    September 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I love the real techniques blush brush πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Its amazing isn’t it! And such a good price too!

  17. Liz

    September 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Also wear ‘Mocha’ by Mac! I find the real techniques brush applies it too lightly so I use quite a hard blush brush.

    Liz xx

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

      It’s a great colour isn’t it! Oh that’s interesting about the brush! It’s maybe as I have such pale skin I don’t need much product so maybe that’s why it works for me!

  18. Ebony Jay

    September 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I am not really a blush person but really great post! (:

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Thank you lovely! πŸ™‚ I have to be, I am so pale I would look scary without it haha πŸ˜›

  19. Andrea

    September 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Great post! The Frat Boy blush looks gorgeous *O* between this and the coralista which would you prefer?

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Oh that’s a tough one! I love them both! I would have to choose my Coralista though I think, as I literally have nothing left of mine anymore lol – but both are favourites πŸ™‚

  20. Renny

    September 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hey! Great post! Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Oh and I really want to try the real techniques brush and also The balm blush. I think the balm is a pretty good brand.

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I love that brush, it’s one of my favourite blush brushes by far! The balm wasn’t a brand I had really heard much about before this, but I really love that blush! πŸ™‚

  21. Christerline

    September 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    The Desert Rose blusher is so gorgeous. I have been looking for a blush of this tone since quit some time now


    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Well I would definitely recommend it! I wear it all the time, and it seems to be ;asting forever, as a little bit goes such a long way! πŸ™‚ x

  22. Nicola.Cosmeticsmilex

    September 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I love blusher! Great little post πŸ™‚ I deffintley need to get my hands on more real technique brushes!! x

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      They are fab! I am thinking of maybe including a real techniques brush or two in my next giveaway which will be around Xmas time as so many people are interested in them! πŸ™‚

  23. Zoe Dubs

    September 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Fab post- love the swatch Kammi!

    Love Zoe x
    Face Value Beauty Blog

    1. Kammitted

      September 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks! I had tried to do it on my hand but it all looked a bit squished, so just went up my arm instead! πŸ™‚ x

  24. Chantelle Jones

    September 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I use the same real techniques brush, aren’t they just amazing? also have wanted to try the frat boy for so long but not sure whether it would suit me, I use the mary lou manizer from that range it’s amazing have you tried it? if not you must πŸ™‚ x

    1. Kammitted

      September 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      No I haven’t tried it actually! I will look into it! πŸ˜€
      Yeah I love my Real Techniques brushes! πŸ˜€
      I don’t know what skin tone you have, but I really like it and do honestly think it would suit most tones! πŸ˜€
      Let me know if you do try it!

  25. Neya V

    September 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I love applying my blush to the apples of my cheeks. I’m not sure why, but I get the best results there. I’ve only tried one cream blush before and as you said they’re nice. I was terrified of the the color (it’s pretty orangey) but once blended in it looked great!

    1. Kammitted

      September 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Yeah that’s what I mean, everyone has their own way of how they like it and so I don’t like it if people tell others how they ‘should’ be applying it πŸ™‚ cream blushes can be lovely! X

  26. Nicoleta Alexandra

    October 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I like the look of the Bella Pierre one! <3

    1. Kammitted

      October 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

      It’s a really beautiful warm shade isn’t it πŸ™‚ so pigmented and goes on so smoothly too πŸ™‚

  27. Simply Beautify ME

    October 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Love this post πŸ™‚ I really want to try the frat boy blush it looks amazing! Xx

    1. Kammitted

      October 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      It seems to be that a lot of people want to try it! πŸ™‚ It’s a really lovely colour! x

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