Properly applied blush will not only give you a healthy glow, but also help you accentuate your facial features
Even though the application of blush seems pretty straightforward, it’s important to get it right so that you create a natural look. Blush that’s applied properly will not only give you a healthy glow, it will also accentuate your features.
Follow these steps to apply blush like a pro:
There are two main types of blush – powder and cream. If you have oily skin, opt for a powder blush. With cream blushes, you don’t even need a brush – simply use your fingers. Keep in mind that a powder blush will last longer in hot, humid weather than a cream one.
Select a colour that suits your skin tone and will enhance your best facial features. If you have pale skin, try pink or tan blush. If you have a darker skin, opt for plum or red blush. Almond and warm-brown blushes work best on olive skin.
Smile in the mirror to find the apple of your cheeks – this is usually your starting point. (When you get older, it’s more flattering to apply blush just below the apple of your cheeks.)
If you have a round face, create the illusion of a longer, leaner shape by applying the blush in a sideways V on your cheekbones.
If you have a rectangular or square face, apply the blush in a teardrop motion, beginning at the most prominent part of your cheekbones and blending towards your temples.
To contour like a pro you’ll need blusher, a blush brush (an angled brush is ideal), highlighter (use a light eye shadow as an alternative). For extra impact, use bronzer as well.
Suck your cheeks in to find the contours of your face. Apply blush above the hollow, parallel to your jawline. To make your cheekbones pop, apply bronzer just below your blush, also parallel to your jawline. Now use highlighter just above your blush.
Now your cheeks are done, finish up your contoured look by applying bronzer along the sides of your nose and along your jawbone. Highlighter should go on the brow bones (just beneath your eyebrows) and down the middle of your nose, from the bridge to the tip. Remember blending is key to achieving a subtle yet stunning look.