Blush creates an optical illusion which makes you more attractive and give you a more youthful glow, on the other hand if you apply too much you will look like a clown. Blush is usually applied on the cheeks and it’s the last cosmetic used on the face. Choosing the right color and type of blush for your face is also important and learning the proper application technique.
Choosing the right color is important, if it’s too light or dark it will look unnatural. When trying to find the best color blush always chose one that is close to your skin tone. A known trick used by many is to use the color on your cheeks after a workout or after pinching your cheeks for a few seconds. Darker skin tones perfect match would be wine or burgundy colors, while lighter skin tones would look best with pink hues.
Another factor to consider is the intensity of applying blush. If the color being applied is too deep it can appear loud or flashy on lighter tones and if the color is weak, it will disappear or harder to be seen on darker skin tones.
Blush comes mainly in three different forms: powder, cream and gel. One should avoid using cream, gels or blush with shimmer if they have acne scars or wrinkles. Powder blush can be used on most skin types, especially oily skin types and if you are new to blush then powder is a safer choice. For dry skin cream blush is recommended because of its moisturizing factors. Gel blush can be difficult to apply and it takes a lot of practice, it does not spread easily and it dries very fast. It is good for oily to normal skin types.
How to apply the different types of Blush
1. Powder Blush
Make a big smile to find the apples of your cheeks, then gently apply the brush with blush onto the cheek apples, start from the middle of the apple and tap lightly upwards to the temple and hairline. Check for harsh lines on your cheek and blend it out with a sponge or a clean brush to buff or soften the color. Always start with a small amount of blush then build up till desire, if the color is not intense enough, repeat the steps till satisfied.
2. Cream or gel blush
Use the same technique as applying powder brush, but use a stippling brush or your fingers to lightly tap the color onto the apples of the cheek and blend in a small circular motion outward. By using the finger for cream and gel blush it heats up the product for an easier application. Apply a translucent setting powder to set the blush or to get a long lasting wear.
How to Apply Blush According to your Face Shape
Long Face Shapes
Apply blush on the apples of cheeks and blend out towards the ear temples.
*Tip: Apply a cream blush with a fluffy blush, then apply foundation and finish off with a powder blush to get a natural lit from within flush for any face shape.
Oval Face Shapes
Apply blush on the apples of the cheeks, then blend with a blush brush.
*Tip: To get a dramatic look, after applying foundation and powder blush, reapply the powder brush by using an angled brush. Dusting loose powder on the cheek bones can tone down the blush.
Round Face Shapes
Apply blush in an angular motion and blend from the apples of the cheeks towards the temples.
*Tip: If you have problems with dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles, consider using a cream blush. If your skin is oily, then use a powder blush. Powder blush works better in warm temperature while cream blush is better for cold weather.
Square Face Shapes
Square faces with a stronger jawline should apply blush in a linear motion and a few inches from the sides of the nose.
*Tip: Apply cream blush as a base then use a similar color powder blush to set, this will let the blush last longer.
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