One product three ways - how to make blush work for your olive skin this party season

Think blusher is a one trick pony? Think again. We show you how to turn it into a lipstick, eyeshadow and flattering contour powder.

We have to say it, blush can sometimes be an afterthought when it comes to our make-up must haves. From concealer to mascara, foundation to brow products, there are items that are non-negotiable when it comes to filling our make-up bag and blush can often be cast aside as an additional. But we are here to say stop! The simple blush does way more than just add touch of warmth to the skin. If applied correctly it can be the best multi-use product ever.

Blush as a lip balm.

Yep, this is going to be your next favourite lip colour. If you add a small amount of blush to the back of your hand or to a clean piece of plastic (wondering what to do with mismatched Tupperware? This is the ideal time to use a lonely lid) you will need about a pinch of salt’s worth so it might be worth using a small cuticle stick or a pair of tweezers to remove from the palette. Then using a clear balm or petroleum jelly, mix an equal amount into the powder with a small lip brush. As you mix the two products you will see a paste forming, keep mixing until they are completely combined. If you want to app up the colour add more powder, or for a sheerer finish keep adding the balm until you achieve the desired hue. And, Et Viola! A truly bespoke lip product.

Mono-tone eyes

Have you ever tried blush as an eyeshadow before? Well, what are you waiting for! Pink and peach shades look great on olive skin – and this include wearing them swept across your eyes. For a full-on sweep of colour use a fluffy blending brush and apply the colour all over the lid. This wash of colour them mirrors the blush on your cheeks to tie the whole look together. If you’re looking for a more intense hit, wet an eyeliner brush before applying the blush to lower and upper waterlines. Really pack the colour into the roots of the lashes

Contour and colour

Using blush as a contour has been the stand out trend for 2021. Ditching the grey or ashen contour shades has been a godsend to those with olive skin too, as this will only make you skin appear drawn and sallow. So, we are here for this trend big time. By using a blush – EX1 Blush in Love Story is the perfect hue for this trick – underneath your upper cheekbones and across your temple is super flattering as it adds depth whilst warming the skin tone. Team it with EX1 Pretty in Peach Blush across the apples and forehead and you’ll glow this festive season.


“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.