You might not be a makeup expert, but when it comes to blush you might be thinking “how hard can THAT be?” Honestly, blush is incredibly easy to apply. However, doing it right is an art form. This article will total open your eyes about how to apply blush in the best way.
Blush is all about drama. It’s not meant to blend in like your foundation. It’s meant to accentuate. Keep that in mind as you work on your facial canvas so your blush will help your features stand out in the right way.
Where to apply your blush
Because we all have different faces, your best friend might need to apply her blush in a different way than you do. Blush provides an optical illusion so you can use it to completely reshape your face. If you have a round face for example, you’ll want to go for a slimming effect. For round faces, you’ll want to suck in your cheeks to find your cheekbones and sweep your blush along it. Extend it out to your temples. If you have a heart-shaped face, bring balance by applying blush below the apples of your cheeks and then blend it out to the hairline. If you have a long face, keep your blush beneath your apples, but don’t extend it. It will help make your face look more proportionate.
Choosing the right shade of blush
The best blush for your skin is one that is complementary to your complexion and goes with your skin’s undertones. If you just said “under-whats” then don’t worry. You’re basically looking for a blush that plays nicely with the subtle colors in your skin tone. So generally speaking if you have an olive complexion or you can tan easily, you have gold or yellow undertones. Do you blush when a cute guy looks your way? Then your undertones are likely red or pink. And if you have a dark complexion, you have undertones that are blue or plum.
Gold or yellow undertones do well with orange or reddish pinks. These brighten up your face and keep you from looking sallow. For pink or red undertones, you’ll want to use light pinks that will complement your natural coloring. If you’re feeling too red, try peaches or even a warm mocha. And for those blue or plum undertones, bright pinks or oranges will help stand out on your darker skin and accentuate it perfectly.
Types of blushes
Once upon a time, women would pinch their cheeks to look rosy-cheeked and fresh-faced. Grandma was always talking about how “rouge” (what she called blush back in the day of the dinosaurs) was for ladies of the night. Of course, we know that nowadays, blush is for every woman who wants to add contour and color to her face. In the olden days, blush was in powder form but now we have lots of options for how to apply blush.
– Powder blush
Let’s talk about powder blush first since it’s the most popular. These are great for absorbing excess oil and it tends to stay put. It’s easy to layer on top of other makeup, giving it great staying power. The only downside is that they, like any powder makeup, tend to draw attention to wrinkles so be sure to use a primer first for your smoothest look.
– Cream blush
Cream blush is just a bit trickier. You’ll want to think of your skin type when choosing a cream blush. Dry skin needs a hydrating cream. If you have oily skin though, using cream blush will just make that more apparent so your best bet is to choose a powder blush.
– Cheek gels and stains
With gels and stains, they work on any type of skin. The downside is they’re a bit trickier to apply than powder or cream blushes. These colors are so enduring they can also be used as lip color. But one wrong move on your cheeks and you’ll have red spots on your face. Practice with these before going out for the day or night!
So how to apply blush correctly?
Here it is!
1. Figure out your face
Make sure you know the shape of your face before you apply blush. This will help you to get the right effect.
2. Choose your blush
We’ve been over blush colors and types. Now it’s up to you to make a proper selection for your face shape, skin type, and complexion.
3. Apply it
If you’ve selected powder blush, choose a wide-headed brush – the kind you’d use for loose powder. You can also use a traditional blush brush, but makeup artists often opt for the loose powder brush to get the best color distribution. With creams, you can use a brush but fingers do better with working the color into the skin. When it comes to gels and stains, use a synthetic makeup wedge. Remember to act quickly lest you wind up looking like you’ve painted yourself up for war.
One last bit of blush advice
When it comes to blush, more is the key. Unlike the rest of your makeup, blush really needs to stand out. Don’t worry about it looking like too much. Your skin’s natural temperature heats up the blush. This causes your makeup to fade, and yes that includes stains and gels too. The contrast will even itself out. This is why when you pop into the restroom and check yourself out in the mirror, you might notice your blush looks nonexistent.
Remember, the key to knowing how to apply blush correctly lies in knowing your facial shape, knowing your skin type, and knowing your complexion. Make sure you understand all those before applying your blush whether you’re off to the office or off to dance the night away.