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The painterly precise blush placement to try this autumn

By Josefin Forsberg
Hilma af Klint blush placement

Photo: Agnes Llyoyd-Platt

We asked London-based makeup artist Kristina Ralph Andrews how to achieve the Hilma Af Klint inspired facelifting flush seen in Vogue Scandinavia’s inaugural issue

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When it comes to blush, we can argue over artistic differences on the proper placement for hours. The faux flush has migrated around our faces throughout the decades, but the latest consensus is to concentrate on the temples. A modernised recreation of the ‘draping’ technique originated by famed 1970s make up artist Way Bandy, it consists of sculpting the face using blush on the cheeks, the temples, the bridge of the nose, earlobes, and sides of the neck. Chatting about Vogue Scandinavia’s Hilma Af Klint inspired shoot, makeup artist Kristina Ralph Andrews muses that it is “like a push-up bra for your eyes."

Adapting the method with painterly precision, Andrews used NARS Air Matte Blush in Torch as a coral coloured base on the shoot. She explains that she kept it rounded and high on the cheeks, bringing it in slightly under the outer eye to open up the face.”I think of blush placement as a venn-diagram. You want to find the sweet spot between your under-eye, cheekbone, and the uppermost part of the apple of your cheek.” Next, she used a touch of Daniel Sandler's Watercolour Blush in Acid in the centre of the blush, intensifying the colour and creating depth.

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NARS Air Matte Blush in Torch
Air Matte Blush in Torch


Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush Acid
Watercolour Liquid Blush Acid

Daniel Sandler


When sculpting cheekbones – making them look like they were carved out of marble – it is crucial to avoid potential blush blunders. Andrews advises us to reach for a cream formula to ensure absolute control. “Powder products are harder to manipulate, but today with all of these rich textures – creams, mousses – you don’t have to be as precise. You can put it on and if you feel like it is too much, keep working on it, patting it in with the palm of your hand and using your body heat to control the product.” If you’re someone who wears a heavy base, using a tool will keep you from lifting excess foundation and ruining your hard work. ”I’d suggest opting for a smaller, domed brush so that you can be precise in your placement. Keep bigger brushes for bronzers.” Finally, Kristina urges that patience is a virtue when working with blush. ”Work in layers, add the blush bit by bit - like salt in cooking.”

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