Hi everyone! How are things going?
Lately, I’ve been falling in love with blush all over again. I love how pretty all of the shades look in their pans and the instant glow they lend to my morning “corpse face.” While applying blush is nothing like applying a cat eye, it still isn’t totally fool proof. Here’s how to rock those rosy cheeks.
Apply blush based on your face shape
Avoid the clown face. Blush can work a lot like contouring so make it work to your advantage!
Oblong Face Shape: apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, blending it up towards your ears. It will balance the length of your face by adding the illusion of more width.
Square Face Shape: the harder angles this face shape often has can be softened by applying blush directly to the apples of the cheeks. Blend out in a soft, natural circle, avoiding lines that will emphasize angles. (The trick is to find the balance between natural flush and tacky circles of obvious blush)
Oval Face Shape: this face shape doesn’t need to worry to much. Focus on applying blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend for a healthy, natural-looking flush.
Heart Face Shape: apply your blush slightly below the apples of your cheeks then blend it upwards to help soften the chin area.
Round Face Shape:apply your blush slightly above the apples of your cheeks then sweep it upwards to help slim the face. Keep it away from the nose area to avoid highlighting the roundness.
Know your types
It seems like everyday there is some sort of new formulation of blush hitting the market, but these are the basic types you should watch out for:
- Powder-this type of blush is amazingly easy to blend and comes in just about any shade imaginable. It doesn’t last as long as other formulations so be prepared to reapply a few times throughout the day. Use a brush to apply this. Unless your skin is really bumpy or dry, this type works on pretty much any state of skin.
- Cream-cream formulations tend to stay put better than powders and lend a dewier finish. You can apply it with a brush or your fingertips then dapple it out with a makeup sponge. Cream formulations may “slide off” oilier skin types but work well for most others.
- Tints/Stain-just like with lip stains, cheek stains stay put! Moderation and building up sheer layers of color are the key to making this type of blush look the most natural. It is a stain so be careful to apply it right the first time!
- Gel-gel blushes are easy to apply but tend to fade quickly. Use your fingertips or a sponge for the most natural color.
Remember that product formulations should match for the most natural, mistake-free finish. Don’t go applying cream formulations of blush over powder, or try to directly apply powder blush over freshly, non powdered/set cream or liquid foundation. It will be a nightmare!
Find your shades
Just like the wrong shade of foundation, the wrong shade of blush can ruin the best of makeup looks.
If you are…
1)Fair: if you have a more pink undertone, look for rose gold shades. If yellow better describes your undertone, look for baby pinks a coppery bronze colors. Aim for dusty, heathered shades to lend a natural looking glow; bright, concentrated shades will look clownish.
2) Medium: mauve shades look best for those with yellow undertones to their skin while those with more “golden” undertones should look for pinky apricot shades. Olive skin tones should look for peach colors (not coral or straight up orange…stick to peach and it will all be peachy :P)
3) Dark: golden brown shades should look for more orange/tangerine like shades to bring a healthy glow to the face. For those with more yellow undertones, seek out deep red-orange shades. More red undertones? Look for deep pinks. Just the opposite of fairer complexions, dusty, heathered shades will make the face look ashy while concentrated, highly-pigmented shades will add vibrancy.
Blush is generally meant to be a natural, no-makeup-makeup product, but especially recently, shocking shades like purple have become popular. To rock these shades, remember that the fairer your complexion, the more dusty and soft the color needs to be, while darker skin tones will need more intense, deeper shades to avoid looking chalky. So think of lavender vs blackberry.