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How To Apply Blush for Every Face Shape
Applying blush can be a tricky endeavor, especially if you don’t know how to apply the perfect amount for your face shape.
It’s important to make sure that the blush is applied in such a way that it flatters your features and enhances your natural beauty. Here are some tips on how to apply blush for different face shapes.
Do You Put Blush on First or Powder?
For most people, the answer to this question is to blush first. Applying powder before blush will not only leave you with a flat, one-dimensional look but also make it difficult for the blush to properly adhere to your skin.
Additionally, applying translucent powder after blush can cause some of the color to become muddled and muddy looking. For a fresh, natural look, apply blush before the powder.
Should You Smile When Putting on Blush?
It may seem counterintuitive, but smiling when applying blush can be very beneficial. The apples of your cheeks are the most natural and flattering place to apply blush, and smiling will help you identify them more easily.
By smiling, you’ll be able to see exactly which areas need a bit of color in order to bring out your best features. Just make sure to blend the blush outwards from the apples of your cheeks for a natural finish. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to apply blush like a professional makeup artist.
Types of Blush Formulas
When it comes to choosing the right blush formula, there are several options available. For powder blushes, you’ll want to look for a finely milled powder that is easy to blend and apply.
Liquid blush formulas offer a dewy finish and a rosy glow. They can also be great for adding an extra pop of color or even creating a contour effect.
Cream-type blushes provide a long-wearing and blendable finish and can be great for adding extra hydration, making them perfect for those with drier skin types. With so many different blush formulas available, you’re sure to find one that works for your skin type and personal preference.
Which Type of Blush is Best for Oily Skin?
Individuals whose skin type is oily should opt for cream blushes, as they can provide a more natural, subtle look. Cream blush formulas are also easy to apply and have the added benefit of being good skin moisturizers.
Additionally, these types of blush can be easier to blend than powder blushes and give you a fresher look. They also help to control shine, while still providing you with a healthy, natural-looking flush. For those who are on the oily side, cream blushes are the way to go!
What is the Best Blush Type for Dry Skin?
According to an expert makeup artist, if you have dry skin, then using a dewy blush is the best way to go. Look for formulas that are light and moisturizing, as these will give your skin a youthful glow.
Liquid blush formulas can provide subtle color without feeling heavy on the skin, while cream-type blushes can provide long-lasting hydration. Remember to prep your face with a good hydrating primer as liquid blushes adhere better to moisturized skin.
How to Choose the Perfect Shade for My Skin Tone?
Choosing the right shade for your skin tone is essential in order to look your best. For those who have fair skin, opt for a light pastel pink, pale pink, baby pink, or peach shade that will give you a subtle flush of color. If you have medium skin tones, go for more vibrant colors like coral and rose.
Those with darker skin tones, choose deeper, richer shades in the same color family, like plum or berry. Individuals with an olive skin tone should look for pinkish, bronze shades that will enhance the natural warmth of their tone.
You should also make sure that the undertones in your chosen shade also match your skin’s undertone, otherwise, you’ll end up using the wrong color and ruining your make-up. Those with cooler undertones can benefit from cool pink or red shades, while warmer tones may find peach and corals to be natural.
Is Contouring the Same as Applying Blush?
No, contouring and applying blush is not the same. Contouring involves using darker and cooler shades of makeup to create shadows and highlights on the face in order to enhance certain features. Blush, on the other hand, is used to give your cheeks a pretty flush.
They can be used together for a more sculpted look, but they are two different makeup techniques. For example, if you want a sun-kissed look, you can layer your blush and the bronzer on the innermost part of the cheeks as this is where the sun would naturally hit your features.
How to Apply Powder Blush
Powder blush is great for creating a subtle, natural-looking flush. To apply powder blush, makeup artists recommend lightly dusting it onto the apples of the cheeks and then blending outwards with a brush or sponge.
If you find that your face needs more definition, you can use a contour brush to add a slight definition around your face shape.
Individuals with a round face shape have their cheeks as the fullest part of their face and a curved jawline. For those with round faces, try applying the blush directly in a straight line from the ear toward the outer corners of the mouth to create a slimming effect. Round faces can also benefit from using medium-sized strokes and applying more blush around the temple.
Square faces tend to have straight sides and a flat jawline. You may also have a square face if your cheekbones are the same width as your chin. For those with square-shaped faces, use a blush brush to sweep the powder blush downward toward the jawline to soften any sharp angles. Individuals with square faces should also pull the blush from the eyebrow down to the nose very softly.
Individuals with heart-shaped faces have prominent cheekbones and a narrow chin. It’s important to apply blush to the apples of the cheeks and then blend out towards the hairline. This will give a natural flush without making your heart-shaped face look too round. Additionally, you can use an angled brush to define the upper cheekbones for extra definition.
Finally, for oval faces, a fan brush works best to apply powder blush evenly across the face and then blend it out. This will help create a more balanced look that flatters your features. For oval faces that have a narrower chin, a professional makeup artist recommends that you use a narrow brush and use soft strokes to apply blush to the sides of your chin for extra definition. As for those with a narrow forehead, it’s best to keep the blush application in the middle of your forehead to avoid any unwelcome attention.
No matter which face shape you have, these techniques can help create the perfect rosy cheeks for your face for a stunning look.
How to Apply Cream Blush
Cream blushes are great for creating a dewy, glowing look. Before using a cream blush, use a hydrating primer for a smooth application. To apply creamy formulas, use your fingertips to blend the blush from the apples of your cheeks outwards.
As you apply with your fingers, be sure to blend outwards towards the hairline so that there are no harsh lines on your face. If you find that the cream blush isn’t blending properly, try using a damp makeup sponge and lightly dab it to help it blend more easily.
Adding blush to your makeup routine can enhance your face and bring back color to your skin. No matter what face shape, tone, type of skin, or personal style you have, blush can be an incredibly transformative product when applied correctly.
Now that you know how to apply blush properly, you’ll be able to achieve your desired look and enjoy a lit-from-within glow all day long!
Ira Arellano graduated with a degree in Multimedia Arts from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. When she’s not busy writing, Ira uses her remaining free time fawning over groups with too many members, reading three books simultaneously, crying over animated shows and fictional people, and being salty over her lack of gacha luck.