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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.


UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
This is so useful. Blush is such a tricky cosmetic to use because blending is so important!
Candyhunnie Candyhunnie 9 years
I'm a biggie on concealer- and because of my regular breakouts tend to stay away from mineral makeup- but maybe I'll try this out (:
lydia-holmes lydia-holmes 10 years
a little blush goes a long way
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
Thanks for the tips!
potterlove potterlove 10 years
Hmmm...since my skin is kinda getting lighter then I think I'm gonna start using blush. And thanks for the tips! They would help A LOT!!
marcella marcella 10 years
I don't know about the blush tips, but the model in that picture is seriously scary! Stepford wife eyes!
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Thanks for this! I suck at putting on blush.
mrandles mrandles 10 years
Lancome has a great powder blush that you can not over do. The color is Miel Glace and it is soft and subtil. You will not over do this one-no miss piggy cheek, just a flush of color.
tickintime tickintime 10 years
I love make up tips. Keeps me fresh and up to date.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
LOL at Miss Piggy! I do think some people wear too much blush, but for most people, a little bit of blush makes you look so much healthier. When I don't wear it, I don't look terrible—just a little pale. A quick sweep of blush always makes me look fresher and less Morticia Addams. :)
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
'some make-up girls walking towards nordstroms and THEY looked like clowns. and miss piggy. their blush was really dark!" LOL i know what u mean. its like you can only fake your cheekbones/bone structure so much..some girls take it too far. and most of the time, they look better with less.
katie225 katie225 10 years
when i was a cheer coach last year, one of my 15 year old girls said, "i hate blush. i never wear it. it makes people look like a clown." i thought that i might retort, "you think i look like a clown?" because i was wearing it, but i thought better because that's walking right into a joke. but then i thought she wouldn't have said that if she thought i was wearing blush. so the best way to wear blush, IMO, is to look like you're not wearing blush. i was walking through south coast plaza a couple weeks ago and noticed some make-up girls walking towards nordstroms and THEY looked like clowns. and miss piggy. their blush was really dark!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
too much blush makes girls look like miss piggy i usually just wear blush @ nights out or something daytime i just use some bronzer if anything
Lala77 Lala77 10 years
thank so much for the tips, they help me a lot :D
Emiily Emiily 10 years
I don't know how to use blush, I hate blush, I'll never learn : x haha Okay maybe I'm exaggerating. I'll use my mom's Bare Essentials today.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
thanks for the tips! :D
girlboy girlboy 10 years
speaking of blush, my sister bought this gogi berry blush and it's so rad. It's a clear gel that uses your skin to calculate the exact shade of blush for your skin!
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