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How To: Applying Your Blush

Blush is a quick and easy way to impart a healthy and vibrant glow to your skin, plus it creates depth and contour to your cheekbones. For those of you who are intimidated by cream blushes, cheek sweeps, liquid tints and even standard powder blush application, fear no more. Blush application can be really simple. Once you find the best blushers for your skin tone, half the battle is already won!

According to Jane Richardson, a makeup artist with Nars Cosmetics, "The most important thing to remember is to follow the natural shape of your face and place the blusher where it is most flattering. Never apply color below the mid-line of your face (place a pen from your nose to your ear as a guide) or too close to the nose."

For four easy steps to follow for foolproof blush application,

  • Step 1: First, you need the right tools. If you are using a powder blush, use a full, round blush brush for your application. This will make blending much easier.
  • Step 2: Swirl the brush over your powder blush and tap of the excess blush. Now, take a look in the mirror and smile. Start by placing the brush on the apples of your cheeks and sweeping it up your cheekbones towards your hairline. This will give you an instant face lift! If you are using cream blush, lightly dot the blush on the apples of your cheeks first and blend upwards along the same route as with a powder blush.
  • Step 3: For daytime, apply your blush a little bit lighter and focus more on the apples of your cheeks than on the upwards sweep. For evening, dramatize the sweep and highlight the tops of your cheekbones with a little bit of shimmer. Tip: if your face is full, concentrate the blush more on the outside of your face near your hairline. If your face is long, accentuate the apples of your cheeks and the beginning of the sweep.
  • Step 4: To make your blush perfect and symmetrical, use whatever blush is left on your brush and blend down the sides of your cheeks and across your nose for a natural looking flush. Just be sure to avoid following the bottom of your cheekbones (in other words, don't go below the round apple-part of your cheeks). It's unnatural and negates your contouring.


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