Rules on Applying Blush

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From all of the beauty tools, blush is hands down my favorite and most essential. It brig
htens up the face, making it look feminine and refreshed. However, it can also be the worst faux pas, if used inappropriately. So, yes... applying blush has its rules, and in this case, rules are not to be broken. Remember that over all, blush has to be believable, and following these rules will help you get there...

Rule #1: Don't apply blush to a bare face

Applying blush to a bare face will rarely flatter you. On the contrary, it can emphasize redness and pores, and accentuate under-eye circles, blemishes, and spots. Before blush, apply coverage, whether it's concealer, pressed powder, tinted moisturizer or just a layer of foundation. The skin should look even before adding another tone to the face. 

Rule #2: Find the right formula and color

There are tons of formulations available on blush, from liquid and mousse, to powder and gel. Choosing the right formula is essential. For oily skin, powder blush is the most recommended, while cream or liquid blush tends to flatter drier and normal skin. Color is as important as formula (or actually even more). Light skin tones look better with peachy and light rosy tones and more intense colors as hot pink and orange look better on darker skin tones. (One simple secret to knowing the best, most natural color of blush to apply is gently pinching your cheeks. Just match the shade of your pinched skin to the blush color.)

Rule #3: Know the proper placement

The rule of thumb for where to place the blush is on the apples on the cheeks. Smile to lift the apples up, applying the blush on top and outward for a flushed natural look. Something to really keep in mind is staying above of the nostrils. A good trick is to place two fingers next to the side of the nose, and apply blush at that spot, taking it up and blending as you go, roughly staying in line with the outer corner of the eye and the top of your ear, without going up too far. 

Rule #4: Use the rights tools

Using the right tool when applying makeup makes a major difference on the results, although the huge array of brush types can be a little overwhelming. For powder blush, my go-to option is a rounded natural bristle brush. A brush the same size of your cheeks is the perfect size, so you apply the needed amount of color. For gel or cream blush, the best tool is your finger. It's the easiest way and it makes the blush look more natural.

Sources:, Love Lee Style, Mamamia
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