6 Blush Tips You Need to Know
Applying blush may seem like a basic makeup technique, but it’s surprisingly easy to mess it up—and, when blush goes on wrong, it’s one of the most noticeable makeup snafus you can make. On the other hand, when you get it right, the effect can be stunning. Here’s how you can avoid the most common blush blunders and transform your complexion for a beautiful natural glow.
Expand Your Shade Range
If you've been using the same shade of blush for the last decade, it's time to expand your repertoire. Opt for a versatile palette that lets you maximize your options and custom-blend colors. Experimenting outside of your normal go-to blush color can lead to beautiful results and give you options for different outfits, seasons, and makeup looks!
Avoid Over-Applying Blush
Going overboard with your blush is easy to do. To be sure your blush is more on the natural side, or even a bit dramatic but without being overly intense, shake out the extra powder from the brush before stroking it on. Clean your blush brush at least once a month to prevent color buildup.
You can also soften a too-heavy blush application by blending a light layer of loose or pressed powder on top of it. Paula's trick is to first put the blush color on the brush and then dab it lightly into her pressed powder before applying.
Another option is to use a foundation brush or sponge that has a bit of leftover foundation on it to smooth and sheer your blush out.
To help avoid over-application of your blush in the first place, use a soft, fluffy brush that grabs the color evenly and builds intensity slowly.
Ditch the "Smile-as-You-Apply" Technique
Despite what you may have been told, this technique isn't always your best bet for a natural look. As you smile, your cheeks rise up, changing the shape of your face. When you stop smiling and your cheeks return to their normal position, your carefully applied blush ends up being lower on your face and closer to your mouth.
Next time, smile first to find the apples of your cheeks, relax your face, and then apply the blush while your face is at rest. It may seem like a subtle change, but it can make all the difference in your finished makeup look.
Fake a Face-Lift
Try this easy, two-step trick to give your cheeks a lifted and sculpted appearance. Apply a matte, neutral-tone bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks to define the bone structure. Above your bronzer, add a touch of blush just to the upper cheeks. That's it—in less than a minute, the result is a soft, realistic "lifted look" contour for your face.
Enliven Skin with Instant Radiance
Enlivening skin with a soft, luminous blush or highlighting cheekbones with a luminizing product can do wonders for making dull skin look supple again. Opt for softly glowing, finely milled shimmer, as opposed to glitter-speckled products, for a more natural healthy radiance. Save the glitter for that evening out when you want a more sparkly special effect.
Have Glowing Skin Before You Apply Makeup
Prepping with these products helps revitalize skin for a smoother, supple, and hydrated luminosity. More to love, their impressively light textures absorb quickly for all-day comfort under your makeup.
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About the Experts
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:
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