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Tuesday
Jan172012

How to apply blush

Wearing blush can be tricky business. However, as long as you have the right shades and the right tools with you, your blush should make you look naturally healthy and glowing with little to no effort at all!

Choosing the right shade

Most women can get away with experimenting with different blush shades - that's what makes it so fun. However, if you're looking for the ultimate blush that's like a great pair jeans you can wear anytime and look good in, you need to be aware of what works best for your skin. Here's a short guide of what shades to use for your skin tone.

Light to medium beige skin tone: Barbie pinks, blue-toned pinks, peach pinks

Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek in Peach Macaron

Light to medium yellow skin tone: Coral pink, berry, tangerine, apricot

Benefit Hervana Blush 

Revlon Matte Powder Blush in Blushing Berry

Dark skin tones: Reddish pink, brick, plum, mauve

MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Joy

Choose your weapon

I have bad news. Most cheap blush brushes are crap, so don't bother. There's only one blush brush I would recommend, and it's the Marionnaud Premium Blush Brush. It's perfect.

If you have a super pigmented blush or you simply want a softer effect, you can also use a stippling brush like this one from Charm. 

Application techniques

The good ol' pat and swirl method works, but I find that one can get uneven results while messing up the foundation you already have on. You can also swipe the blush across your cheeks, but then again, it messes up the makeup. This is how I do it:

1. Smile to see the contours of your cheeks. You want to do a soft, round shape on the apples of your cheeks, tapering to your hairline.

2. Load your brush with a small amount of product, tap. It's easier to add than to take away! Then, quickly swipe the brush in short downward strokes, going outwards, starting from the apples of your cheeks to your hairline.

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3. To blend, do the same downward strokes again. Short and sweet, alright?

4. If you find you applied too much, get a big powder brush and sort of buff the blush in the same downward motion. Don't attempt to cover the blush with powder because it will look weird and caky. If buffing can't soften the blush, get a facial tissue, then gently pat and wipe the top layer.

And that's it. :) Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any questions.

Reader Comments (21)

so easy! love the blushes you featured Ms. Liz :)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Thanks for this post Liz. I'm a total idiot when applying blush so I stick to cream blushes or Body Shop's ever dependable Lip and Cheek Tint and Benefit's Cha Cha Tint. I usually go with either pink or peach because the former is the safe color and then the latter gives me a rather different look. Though I really really want to learn how to apply blush using a brush and finally create that natural looking effect. Practice! Practice! Practice!

PS
Thanks for noting that blush should not be covered by powder because I do it all the time ;p *lesson learned*

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurplechef

Thanks for this post. I remember asking you how to apply the Nars glittery blush I have nga e. Now, I do the technique you do. Works perfect everytime. How about cheek tints? Cheek tints are such a hassle to apply, they are too pigmented. I always apply cheek tint before I apply foundation/powder kasi mukha akong sinampal.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

Nice Tutoria! like how you included various brands for different skin tones.
I love blush!

Mary

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Hi Ms. Liz, you made me think otherwise about Marionnaud brushes, thought that they initially weren't any good. I'll try to incorporate that into my makeup routine. Thanks for the tips!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadz

I use the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for this. It works wonders, and never looks OA.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrysty

I love the the funny (but helpful!) squiggles on your cheeks, Ms Liz! I love your tips, very helpful!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRomzs

Thank you for your tips. Its is very helpful. I always go for the mauve and reddish pink color blushes but you stated that for my skintype I should be using coral pink, tangerine, apricot. I will try it out. Thank you very much.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterainijan

This is one thing I'm never good at. I always fail in applying my blush-on, and most of the time, I end up going over board. I'll keep this technique in mind. Thanks, Liz! =)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulz

Great post as usual! Applying blush has always been a dilemna for me. My concealer (although already set with powder) also comes off after I swipe my blush. I tried the MM puff de cheek but I looked like a clown. What do you think I should do?

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoleil

Hi Ms. Liz!

What brand of Barbie pink blush would you recommend? :-)

Thanks!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkc

The MAC blush in Love Joy looks scary but interesting! I always love a good blush - might take a look at this one! :) Thanks for recommending the Marionnaud brush (affordable but quality!)

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterteeneecruella

Hi Miss Liz! Would you recommend cheek tints as blushes? Have you tried the Herbench Just Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint? I heard it's a cheaper alternative to Benefit's Benetint :D

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGett

Hi guys! Thanks for the lovely comments. :D

Re cheek tints, not a big fan because I find them more difficult to use. Haha. But I do like the Benefit Cha Cha Tint, only when I'm not wearing foundation.

http://www.projectvanity.com/projectvanity/2011/12/7/benefit-cha-cha-tint-a-flush-to-die-for.html

@Soleil That's weird! What concealer is it? If it's the emollient but not so opaque kind, it will really rub off - they don't stick well. Perhaps try a more adherent concealer?

If you find your blush is too pigmented, remove some of it off the back of your hand. Just buff a little of it there, then proceed to your cheeks. If the color is too light, then add another layer lang.

@KC MAC Dollymix! It's a famous blush. :D

http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp?ItemID=47182

January 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Thanks Liz!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoleil

Oh blushes! I have two faves: Benefit's dandelion and MAC's peachykeen! They both look so lovely on me so I always stack up on them, especially when Benefit wasn't here yet, I made it a point to always ask my mom to buy it for me from the US. Blushes are my fave compared to all other types of cosmetics, it brightens up my face and makes me look so alive and bubbly =D

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowprincess

Recently just started exploring makeup, thank you for this! I usually just pat on my blush with a brush, I'll try your technique and also try Marionnaud's brush soon! :)

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChynna

For years I apply my blush this way until I read somewhere that it should really depend on the shape of your face and since I have an annoyingly roundish face, it was advised to put blush in the hollow of my cheeks where contour is usually applied and to avoid the apples of my cheeks. At first I thought it would look weird but surprisingly it made my face look thinner! (Yay!) But I have to say that the way you apply your blush is perfect for you as it makes your blush look natural and it really brightens up your face! =D

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertraciethediva

Thanks for this post! I still haven't learned how to put on blush properly. Very very helpful. :)

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristine

I also do that-applying powder when the blush seems too much! How about this, I learned this from my former office mate and I'm still doing it right now. Applying a little blush on my forehead (just in line with my eyebrows) and on my chin. Just to achieve some sort of balance. It may sound out of this world, but have you ever tried this? Or at least, have you ever heard of this? Thanks Liz!:)

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQuima

Nice post! I am guilty of applying powder over blush...glad that you cleared that up!

Speaking of Marionnaud brushes...have you tried their powder brushes? I am looking for a retractable one for travel. Any suggestions? Thanks!

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRiality

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