How to Apply Blush

A lot of women simply don’t know how to apply blush. There is a subtle difference in well-blended blush that adds color and radiance to your face and the rosy-cheeked blush that is noticeable and artificial looking. Applying blush correctly is all about subtlety, shading and blending. Perfect blush application means that a person notices you have color in your cheeks, but can’t tell where the blush starts. In fact, they believe your color is natural.

I’ll offer the quick blush application tips, then the full and perfect way to apply blush to your face.

Picking the Right Color Blush

The foundation of how a woman applies blush correctly is choosing the right color blush. There are a couple of factors you should take into account: natural color and matching colors.

Select Your Natural Shade

Notice the color of your cheeks after you have been exercising. This is the color blush you should be wearing. As stated earlier, blush should look natural on you and the most natural blush will be one that mimics your cheeks when they really are blushed.

Match Your Blush to Lipstick

Also remember to match the color of your blush to the same “color family” of your lipstick. This doesn’t mean that the two need to be the exact same color, but that the two need to match. If your blush and your lipstick clash, your makeup isn’t going to look quite right. People will notice there’s something odd and unnatural about your makeup application, even if they can’t quite put their finger on it.

Choose the Best Blush Type

Some women have dry skin, while other women have oily skin. Match your blush to the type of skin you have. If you have dry skin, wear a cream blush. If you have oily skin, wear a powder blush. The cream blush keep a fast more moisturized, but will create a “too oily” look if you apply it to already oily skin. The dry blush cream tones down the shininess and oiliness of skin, but can further dry out the skin of a woman with naturally dry skin.

Match Blush to Your Setting

You actually need to select two or three shades of blush, depending on the setting you’re in. When you will be wearing blush primarily in the day, you’ll want a lighter shade of blush.

When you are preparing to wear blush in the dark or at night, you’ll want slightly darker shades of blush. This adds a more dramatic shade to your cheeks that works better in the shadows associated with nighttime settings.

Considered a more muted blush if you intend on an outing that goes from daytime to nighttime. This more roundly covers both bases and doesn’t entail any major fashion mistakes.

Lay a Good Foundation

Foundation makeup is important when applying blush. You’ll want to be able to have natural looking base, powder and eye makeup on your face already, before ever applying blush.

Get a Special Blush

Buy a full and round brush to apply your blush with. You don’t want to use the same brush for your blush applications that you use for your powder applications, or this will get messy and hurt the final effect.

Also, you don’t want to use the brush that comes with powder blush, at least most of the time. These brushes tend to be smaller, which means you’ll blend more and be more prone to messing up. The larger, fuller blush brushes provide a softer look and is how the professional makeup artists would apply.

Applying Blush to the Brush

When using a powder brush, apply a small amount of powder onto the brush. Tap off the excess blush gently.

When using a creme, dab a small amount of blush out of the bottle with your middle finger. You don’t want to use a brush in this case.

Place on the Apple of Your Check

How Apply Blush

How Apply Blush

Smile into a mirror. This should let your see the “apple of your cheek”, which is the ball of the cheek or on the cheekbone. This should be the center of your blush application.

When using a brush to add powder blush, start by brushing the blush onto the apple of your cheek, then gently brush from your cheekbone to your hairline. Continue smiling, so you see this spot definitely.

When using your figure, apply cream blush to the same spot, then gently blend from your cheekbone toward the hairline.

Or Suck in Your Cheeks

Another method is to suck in your cheeks and apply blush this way, since sucking in your cheeks will expose your cheekbones. This is particularly useful for women who want to highlight their bone structure.

Vary Application according to Preference

If you have a full face, focus your blush near your hairline. If you want to highlight your bone structure and high cheekbones, concentrate the blush more towards the center of your face.

Blend until Lines are Invisible

Many women prefer their blush to be entirely subtle. Also, blend blush a little further down your face, if you want a more natural look. This is less flashy.

Keep blending the blush until there is no discernible line between your blush and makeup. You want subtlety and invisibility with your blush, so it adds color, but otherwise doesn’t appear to be there. If you leave a red circle on your cheek, you’ll look like a clown.

The lighter your skin tone is, the lighter your blush should be. You simply don’t need as much.

Rosier Cheeks

If you want to highlight the blush in your makeup, use gel or liquid tint blush. These can stain your clothes, so be careful and wash your hands thoroughly after using.

Don’t brush the underside of your cheekbones, which is a common mistake with younger women and girls. This is an artificial look and seldom looks good on a person.

Brush Maintenance

Maintain your brushes by using makeup remover or non-soap cleaners on your brushes occasionally. You won’t have to buy new brushes as often this way.

Blush Application Tips

Different women have different things they want to do with their blush, but when deciding how to apply blush, keep in mind that you are wanting to add color to your cheeks without appearing artificial or “made up”. Careful selection of colors and the right kind of blush for you will add to the overall beauty of your face, while maintaining a natural look.

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