The moment when you realize that your beauty crutch has become crippling. I have a beauty confession: I am an over-blusher. There, I said it. For some girls, their must-have beauty item is mascara, for others its lip gloss. But blush is to me what eyeliner is to the Duchess of Cambridge: a trusted go-to that I usually take too far. It never occurred to me I was overusing my hero product. Then (in a fairly unflattering photograph), my resemblance to someone from Ringling Brothers was undeniable; I need to rethink my blushing techniques. Why would someone with my access to expert tips OD on rouge? Simple, I’m not a morning person, and getting Miu Miu’s limited-edition spring 2012 handbags. Slim, to none. Every morning (in my pre-caffeine haze), my trusted “wakeup product” is always my blush compact. Mascara is usually credited for giving you a bright-eyed pop, but a flush gives you that rested look more than full lashes. “Blush warms up and livens your overall complexion,” says celebrity makeup artist Amy Duclos. “Finding the right shade and texture can be tricky, it’s easy to overdo it.” Duclos’ tip for avoiding going OTT? “Use a cream blush which are easier to blend to create a more natural flush,” she says. Even if you layer on too much, cream blushes wear off more quickly and are more forgiving then using a powder. Duclos recommends starting in the centre of your cheek and blending the colour upwards to create a lifted appearance. “Don’t layer a cream on top of a power,” Duclos cautions. “It prevents your makeup from setting properly, and will become uneven or splotchy throughout the day.” Scaling back on blush may require more intensive beauty-rehab, but freshly armed with a soft coral cream blush, I plan on taking things one day at a time. Share your own beauty addictions with us.