How To Apply Blush
Many women avoid blush (about 47% of American
women today wear blush compared to 1948, when 66% wore it) but
it can be your beauty secret weapon. Nothing brings a dull,
drowsy face to life faster than a quick sweep of blush. "You put
blush on, and you look instantly prettier, fresher & less
tired," says makeup guru Bobbi Brown. But the fact is blush is
also the most commonly misused cosmetic. "Women tend to put too
much on," says celeb makeup artist Jeni Lee in 'InStyle'
Time Required: 1
1. First choose the color using
nature as your guide. What do your cheeks look like after you've
been out in the cold or exercising at the gym? For a quick test,
pinch your cheeks & wait a second. Another trick is to try to
match your lip color. Those are the tones to replicate. For day,
choose a lighter color than you would at night, and in winter go
for pink shades while in summer opt for peachy, warm hues.
2. Now that you have the color,
choose the right formula for your skin type. Powder is best for
oily & combo skin. Cream is great for dry skin. Liquid and gel
are great for oily skin. If you like stains -- which are great
for well-moisturized skin, not dry skin --be sure & blend them
into the skin quickly, they tend to dry very fast.
3. Apply foundation, eye color &
lipstick. Blush should be your last makeup step.
4. Determine your face shape:
are you oval, heart, round, long or square? Knowing this helps
you determine where it's best to apply the blush.
5. Throw out the freebie
'Barbie-size' blush brush that comes with the blush. Use a
professional full brush instead (I like MAC's blush brush No.
116), but don't use the same brush you use for your powder.
6. Put the blush on your brush,
tapping off any excess or put a dab of gel on your fingers.
7. Look into the mirror and
smile. This helps you figure out where the 'apple' of your cheek
8. Sweep color in an arc
following the line of your cheekbone up from the apple of your
cheek to your hairline. Keep color light & blended. You want a
wash of color, rather than an obvious line. If you're using gel,
rub in a small circle on the apple of your cheeks, blending well
up into your hairline.
9. For a sun-kissed sheen: dab a
small bit of bronzer powder on your forehead, chin & nose. Make
sure it doesn't look like a stripe.
10. If you've gone a bit too
heavy on the powder blush, apply a bit of translucent powder
over it. For cream blush, blot the color off iwth a tissue.
Since gel & liquid blush 'stain' the cheeks, the only way to
lighten them is it wash your face, moisturize and reapply your
makeup, this time more sparingly.
- Clean your brushes with baby wipes. If
you don't keep your brushes clean, they'll gather bacteria
and transfer it to your skin.
- For a sexy look, dab a little shimmery
blush on the highest point of your cheekbone nearest your
- Using powder blush? Always sweep it in
one direction. Going over & over or around and around causes
streaks & can hurt your brush.
- For gel blush, dab a dot on the apple of
the cheek and two smaller dots graduating up the cheekbone.
Blend the dots together up to the hairline.
- Dusky pink blush will warm up any
What You Need:
- professional blush brush
- translucent powder
- bronzer blusher