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Miranda Kerr is pink all over.
Make it matte: Even the teeny, tiniest amount of sparkle can settle into creases to exaggerate fine lines, so stick with a matte pressed powder –they’re nowhere near as messy as a loose formula, making them perfect for touch-ups, and keep the shimmery stuff for the lips.
Good things happen in Threes: The trick to a natural-looking flush is to concentrate the colour on the areas where the sun naturally kisses the skin, creating the shape of the number 3 (temples, cheeks and jawline).
Stay on high ground: Just like long, dead-straight hair, wearing blush too low on the cheeks can drag down your features. Sweeping the blush along the top of the cheekbone is the fastest way to fake 80’s supermodel bone structure, plus wearing colour nearer to the eyes makes the whites of the eyes pop.
Like harem pants, pink blush isn’t for everyone: But this season’s shade du jour, earthy-coral, is. Just imagine your favourite golden bronzer married the punchiest peach powder and you get the pretty picture.
Battle of the textures: Cheek tints are fast absorbing, but they can stick to dry skin, causing the colour to look patchy - so it pays to moisturise like a bandit. On the flip-side, creams are brilliantly buildable and leave skin with a bonus dewy-looking flush that you’d usually call on a highlighter for.
Conceal like you mean it: Pink blush can exaggerate rosacea, broken capillaries and existing red undertones in the skin so make an effort to conceal imperfections first. Or make the switch to a soft coral number to play down the redness.
Another money-can’t-buy-tip: There’s an old adage, horses sweat, men perspire and women glow, so arm yourself with a liquid illuminator to dab on the high points of the face, like the brow bone and cupids bow to flatter the skin in all the right places.