I just don’t get on with powder blushes – I have 3 that are sitting redundant in my make up box…one from NARS, one from Bobbi Brown and one from MAC. I hate waste so periodically try them out and end up disappointed each and every time. They sit on top of my skin, looking obviously like I have blusher on. You can’t blend it, and if you apply too much it is almost impossible to correct. I also like the matte finish they give to skin, which doesn’t look youthful and healthy. Plus my skin is dry so can dry it out even more.
Chantecaille’s blush stick was my first love, but they discontinued it and their alternatives are lacking. So, I turned to my trusty NARS, who apparently invented the multiple stick in the first place. The multiple-purpose stick can be used on lips, cheeks and eyes to add some healthy colour or glow, depending on which shade you go for. It adds a non-drying, sheer and transparent colour that is easily blend-able and looks so natural – you actually look like you have a healthy glow, and isn’t that the point of blusher? Plus it’s creamy and silky, so skin looks a little bit dewy, although if you don’t like that you can apply a bit of translucent powder over the top and the glow just works through it.
There are loads of these colour sticks on the market of varying colours – pinks, bronzes, peaches, golds, reds – and they can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips to highlight or add colour. I use my multiple on minimal make up days across my lids, cheeks and a bit on lips – and I end up looking healthy. It’s so hard to describe why these sticks are so versatile, but believe me, once you have one in your makeup collection you will always find use for it.
NARS have 13 shades to choose from, and the one I use is Portofino which is a coral with golden shimmer through it. It looks very natural on my tanned skin. They cost £30 and last ages. They also have a matte multiple for more dramatic colour, and an illuminating one should you just want to highlight. Suffice it to say, these multi-purpose sticks are just that – multi-purpose. You’ll find your own use for it.