We never think to combine cream with powder when we use blush, but is it possible? Join us in discussion with makeup artist Ariane Poole who is here to share her professional advice. Enjoy the show!

 

Margaret Manning:

Today we are going to be inspired by Ariane Poole. Ariane is a professional makeup artist who’s been working with Sixty and Me for several years. She has given us some incredible advice on how to apply makeup over aged skin and how to be a real woman in the real world. Thank you so much for being here Ariane.

Ariane Poole:

Thank you for having me, Margaret. I also want to thank the community for embracing our makeup discussions.

Margaret:

I want to mention that you have your own line of products that you ship all over the world. You’re also on QVC in the UK, and I’ve watched you there a few times. I must say that you’re very entertaining and honest. You’re always to-the-point, and I respect you for that.

One of the questions that our community asked about has to do with blush. We all had our favorite products and techniques when we were younger, but what’s best in terms of blush for women over 60?

Ariane:

I am glad this question has been asked because blush is one of my passions. I have a story to share here, too. A friend of mine did a fashion show on QVC. She rang me up afterward and asked, “How do you think I did?” I said, “You did really, really well.” And she did. She did amazingly.

Next, she asked, “How did I look?” and I said, “Your clothes were fantastic. They really suit your figure when you shake and when you move.” Then she said, “And how was my makeup?” I told her, “Well, you looked washed out.” She said, “Okay, I thought so. I kept on putting more bronzer to look better.”

That’s the story, but it’s a useful one, because it illustrates how we tend to think that if our skin tone is a bit darker – if we tan or bronze it a bit – that would give us that glow that we all want. It doesn’t. What we need instead is a little flush of color on our cheeks.

I think women over 60 seem frightened from the clown cheeks we saw on our grandmothers, and really, you don’t want to see that rosy kind of look that was very artificial.

Margaret:

Yes, it says you’re trying too hard.

Ariane:

Exactly. You want something that looks natural. So how do you do that? There are a few ways. You can put a cream blush – Bobbi Brown has a great selection of those.

Margaret:

Bobbi Brown does some nice products.

Ariane:

There’s this lovely pink which may look a crazy color inside its holder, but it’s a really soft color once you apply it on your skin. This will look fabulous on you, actually, and I wanted to tell you that the way you do your blush is really good. Not too little, not too much.

If you were wearing a beige colored blush or just a brightener, you’d fade in the background. And becoming invisible is not something that we want.

Aside from Bobbi Brown, I just launched a cream blush in my product line that has a very soft, coraly-peachy shade.

Margaret:

I like peachy colors in the summer.

Ariane:

I’ve also got these wonderful chubby blush sticks by Clinique. They carry different shades too, and their coral shade has a little bit of glow to it.

I have one by Charlotte Tilbury and it’s a darker shade, very appropriate for somebody who has a deeper, richer skin tone.

Margaret:

I really love creams and wear them all the time. And you can double their use as a lipstick too. So, if I can only carry one makeup item in my purse, I tend to take a blush.

Ariane:

In my makeup routine, I like to layer these blushes together. I would first apply the Bobbi Brown one to get a soft rosy color – and you don’t want to put it too high near the eye, just on the apple of your cheek.

With my complexion, people often wonder why I use a blush. But if I don’t, I look washed out. So, I think that as we age, we need to adapt. This doesn’t mean get rid of everything you used so far, it just means adapt in a way that is flattering to you at the age you are now.

If I’m doing somebody for a wedding or a lengthy event, I use a little bit of coordinating powder over the top of the blush cream. Then you get that glow from the cream and the longevity of the powder.

Margaret:

What color is the powder? Is it one of your products?

Ariane:

Yes, it’s mine. It’s mineral blush called Rosebud. It’s really nice and soft and gives just a hint of color. If you don’t wear a blush over your bronzer, people tend to ask, “Are you ill? Are you feeling okay?” because you look washed out.

Margaret:

I know many people don’t like their pictures taken for various reasons. But applying a soft blush to your cheek can do wonders for a picture. It will make your entire face appear brighter, and people will notice because they tend to look at the apple of your cheek when they look at your face.

Ariane:

That’s true, and the combination you use matters. Actually, I just introduced a new product, a powder and cream blush duo, in a little double container. They will be pre-coordinated by me, so that you don’t have to sit there and wonder which cream goes with which powder.

Margaret:

That’s a really cool idea. Would you advise people to put just powder blush on without putting the cream as a base?

Ariane:

No. Powder can make your skin look dry because it just sits on the surface. And cream might get absorbed too quickly, so in my practice, I have established this technique of combining the two, and it works. The result is a really gorgeous and natural hint of color.

Margaret:

I think the effect is really nice.

Ariane:

It can really light you up, especially if you’re somebody who likes to wear neutral or black tones which tend to drain color out of your face. You and I like to wear color, so we may want to ease up on the blush a little bit. But if you love your beiges, taupes, camels, charcoal grays and navies, pick it up just a tad with your blush.

Margaret:

This is all wonderful advice, combined with a great demonstration. I wouldn’t have thought about using a combination of cream and powder. In fact, I’ve now stopped using powder blush, and I just go with cream, but you’re right – it fades rather quickly.

Using them together creates great colors. Tell us again which ones you used.

Ariane:

The Bobbi Brown blush cream is called pale pink and it’s a pot rouge for lips and cheeks. I love stuff that’s easy. Then I coordinated that with the rosebud blush powder from my range, which is a mineral blush.

Margaret:

There’re choices galore. Thank you for sharing your technique of using cream as a base and topping with the powder to make for an extra special look.

Ariane:

Also, if you want to add a highlighting powder – or cream – you could do that too, and it will last at least 12 hours.

Margaret:

That’s really useful because people want to put makeup on and forget about it. Thanks a lot for this discussion, Ariane. Bye for now.

What do you think about using a blush to lift up your look? Have you dismissed blushes altogether or do you put them to good use? What do you think about this combination of cream and powder blush for a long-lasting effect? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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