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Blush Makeup - Tips, Tools and Techniques

Updated on October 22, 2015

A few strokes of blush can add a rosy glow and a tint of youth to your complexion. It may seem easy to apply, but it actually isn't. Here are some makeup tips and blush tricks to help you achieve gorgeously sculpted cheeks.

Basic Blush Tips

  • Apply blush after you are done with your eye makeup and lipstick. Sometimes when we apply blush first, we tend to overdo it and make it look too dramatic.
  • If your blush appears streaky, it means you might have used too much moisturizer under the foundation. Applying a bit of powder over your foundation will solve this beauty faux pas.
  • Always use two shades of blush that blend well together. Apply the softer shade right below the cheekbones, then the brighter shade on the apple of the cheeks. Blend and blend.
  • Try to choose blush color that doesn't clash with your lipstick color and eye makeup. Pink blush is usually a good choice as it goes with most makeup colors. If you have a dark skin tone, however, pink might seem too light on you, so choose red instead.
  • To create the most natural-looking glow, pick the blush color similar to that of your cheeks when flushed after exercising.
  • Shimmering blush is nice but may seem too dramatic for the daytime. Save it for evening occasions.
  • If your blush comes out too flat, dab a tiny bit of balm or cream rouge on top of it to add a little glow and dimension.
  • Don't forget to dust a little bit of blush all over your face at the end to create vitality and subtlety.

Blush Brushes

Angled Blush Brush

The angled blush brush is good for applying color precisely where you want it. You can use it with blush, contour color and even bronzer. With short strokes, brush up at the angle along the cheekbone to create a defined look and make your cheekbones really pop.

Contour Blush Brush

The flat end of the brush helps grab more color and allows you to create the sculpted look of nicely contoured cheeks. Use a contour color that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone and apply it underneath the cheekbones. Start near the hairline and slowly work your way inwards towards the nose.

Flat Blush Brush

The flat blush brush is usually used for adding a deeper hit of color on the entire face. Use the flat pointed head to outline the hairline and give more concentration of color below the jawline, then blend the color well with your fingers.  

Rounded Blush Brush

This kind of blush brush has longer bristles and a rounded head that allow you to apply color evenly to a large area and create a glow that seems more natural. It is good for applying blush, bronzer and highlighting the areas around your eyes.

Types of Blush

Powder Blush

Powder blush is probably the most popular formula due to its time-saving qualities and long shelf-life. All makeup artists agree that powder blush is easy to blend, suitable for all skin types and longer lasting on the skin than other formulas. And the best news is a compact of blush usually has a shelf-life that lasts up to 2 years.

Cream Blush

Cream blush is a good option for dry and mature skin, as it tends to contain natural richness and leave a dewy finish. However, it usually does not last on the skin very long. To make it stay longer, dust a little bit of powder on your skin after applying the cream.

Gel Blush

Gel blush is very sheer and transparent, therefore it is great for teens and women whose skin is prone to acne. One problem for gel blush is that it is a bit more difficult to blend.

Awesome Blush Tricks - Quick and Easy

How to Highlight Cheekbones

High cheekbones are in! Look at all those supermodels nowadays and their glamourously prominent cheekbones. But if nature didn't grant you that, don't be dismayed. Here are some smart tricks for cheekbone makeup that will help create a convincing illusion of those beautifully jutting cheekbones.

  • Suck in your cheeks and sweep a contour blush or bronzer (a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone) beneath your cheekbones like a "c" shape.
  • Apply a bit of luminizer on the apples of your cheeks so that the light will reflect the areas and give it a "lift".
  • Apply lighter color blush on the apples of your cheeks.
  • Blend the two shades together. You want to create a subtle blend of colors, not two separated stripes.
  • Use the color left on the brush to apply blush lightly on the forehead, nose and chin.


How to Make Chubby Cheeks Look Slimmer

  • Apply darker shade of blush right below the cheekbones, making a "C" shape. Sweep the brush upwards to outer sides of the eyes.
  • Apply lighter color on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Also apply a bit of the lighter shade below the darker blush (the "C" line). 
  • Subtly blend the two shades. 
  • Slightly brush the lighter color on the tip of your chin. 

How to Add Width to a Long, Thin Face

  • With a blush brush, apply darker color below the cheekbones to make a "C" shape. Don't draw it up too close to the eye area because that will only emphasize the thinness of your face.
  • Apply lighter color on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Blend the two shades together.
  • Draw attention to the center of your face by lightly dusting the tip of your nose with translucent powder or using liquid luminizer.
  • Also, brush a little bit of blush on your forehead and chin.



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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @BeautySavvy - Thanks a lot for stopping by and spreading the word!

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    7 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

    Love it, I will be adding this to my page and sharing it:-)

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    8 years ago from Pakistan

    Nice hub!

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    9 years ago

    Thaks for the tips. I will surely follow them. :)

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    10 years ago from Texas

    As always your hub is concise, informative and very useful. You do these so well and I always learn something.

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    Gypsy Willow 

    10 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Thanks for the tips, I shall try them


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