Blusher is having a bit of a moment and it’s a moment that’s been a long time coming. What with strobing, sculpting and contouring stealing the social media scene, it’s nice to get back on familiar make-up territory, where you actually might understand how to do something without having to invest in new products, tools and a 10 minute ‘how to’ on YouTube.
So it was with sheer joy that we saw, then applauded, Hollywood make-up artist Jillian Dempsey’s take on this season’s key blusher trend for actress Emilia Clarke for the Met Ball.
What Jillian created was in tune with next autumn/winter’s blush trend, which we’re calling ‘blushadow’ where colour is swept up the cheek and onto the eyes, for a bold monochromatic statement. “Extending a blush all the way to the eyes where it becomes eyeshadow, breaks the rules. The Met Ball is all about pushing it a little…”, says Jill. “I went heavy on the blush application using Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Heather Pink to create a flushed, ethereal look.”
The blushadow look is a modern hybrid of Seventies style make-up, and Geisha make-up, where the high placement of colour on the cheek gives the face a youthful appearance. Social media stars have coined it ‘draping’ but it’s also known as ‘punch blusher’, where colour goes up to the eyes and temples (as if you’ve just been punched), which evolves from igari or ‘drunk’ blusher where colour placed close to the eye makes you look a bit tipsy.
Read more about the blusher trend here.