How to look years younger: Blush 101; brush is key

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Most women carry a handful of make-up brushes. If you tend to rely on just one for almost every product in your cosmetics bag (aside from eye shadow, of course), you're missing a huge opportunity to look really good.

"Classic blush brushes are only good for about 50 percent of the population," celebrity make-up artist Zethina says.

A pop of color adds a fresh, youthful glow to any face, but knowing which brush to use, and when, is the key.

"[It] can make you look years younger and lift the face," according to Zethina.

Another hot tip: Apply bronzer after your blush to help contour the face.

Blush brush 101

  • Larger faces call for fluffy brushes.
  • Petite features require a smaller brush.
  • For a delicate look, go for a small contour brush. This helps with shading, too.

So, what's the best way to apply blush?

"Follow the cheek bone up into your hairline," Zethina says. "This will give you a soft and pretty cheek, again lifting the appearance of your face."

But that's not all.

"Smile when you apply your blush," she continued. "Yes, it's advice we got from Grandma but she was onto something back then." It's great advice she and other celebrity make-up artists continue to swear by.

Zethina has been a make-up artist for 23 years, and has worked in both film and print.

She offers a wide variety of cosmetics, including custom-made, all-natural, vegan make-up that is parabens-free, fragrance-free, bismuth oxychloride-free and gluten-free . These products work well with the most sensitive and hard-to-match skin tones.

Zethina's consultations are complimentary and by appointment only. Call 602-696-0669 for more information.

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