How to blush

Blush My Cheeks

Pink blusher
Pink blusher

Step 1

An even base – The purpose of an even base is to have smooth skin for the blusher to blend.

To create an even base – Exfoliate the dead skin/cells off (1-2 times a week) and moisturize. A dry surface will make powder blusher appear uneven.

Exfoliate - Even base
Exfoliate – Even base

Step 2

Choice of color – Blush should always blend in well with your natural coloring creating a healthier, younger look. The wrong shade would stand put and not achieve the above.

Skin undertone. Your skin's beauty
Skin undertone. Your skin’s beauty

How to choose – Analyse your skin’s natural undertone. Fair skin’s undertone is usually either pink, yellow or both. Soft shades of pink or peachy colors go well with this. Olive and darker skin is either yellow or orange undertoned needing at least 2x stronger shades of pink and peachy colors, for eaxmple orange and magenta.

Step 3 (can skip)

How to apply blush for your face shape
How to apply blush for your face shape

Blusher according to face shape – This is only really required if you use your blusher as a contour tool. The purpose of blusher is to soften the face shape and accentuate the apples of the cheek or bones. This creates a more 3-dimensional appeal. However blush can manipulate most face shapes into a more oval. If you find you require this then use above diagram as a guide.

Final Step

Use of brush – Avoid concentrated patches. For powder blush, use a big fluffy one. For cream, a stipple brush or fingers will do well.

Nars brush, Hakuhodo brush, and Mac stipple brush
Nars brush, Hakuhodo brush, and Mac stipple brush
Blush and brush
Blush and brush

Blush in harmony – After collecting pigment onto the brush gently tap the brush against your hand to rid of excess powder.

Target the apple of the cheeks and blend it out from there in particular away from center of face.

Blend blush
Blend blush
Pink blush
Pink blush

The finish to achieve:

The blusher should help highlight your cheeks not be the main event and distract from eyes.  There should be no sharp lines, only soft barely visible edges. There should be no visible shape to it.

Aim: Add to your beauty not distract from it

Vintage accessories
Vintage accessories

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