Blush Tips and Tricks
tips and tricks
for the perfect glow
It seems easy enough, but applying blush isn’t merely a brush-and-go affair. Perfecting the art of the rosy-cheeked flush means finding the right color, the right formula, the right tools and the right technique, and we explain it all right here.
THE RIGHT COLOR
The key to perfecting blush is to match it to your natural flush, so the first thing you need to accomplish is to find the correct shade for your skin color. Select a blush based on the color your skin turns when you pinch your cheeks.
THE RIGHT FORMULA
Different formulas can be used depending on your desired finish, skin type and time of the year. Powder is the easiest to use and works on almost all skin types. It also tends to stay on the skin longer and is better if you're oily or acne-prone. Powder also tends to have more pigment, so it’s great to use during winter. Cream is more translucent and gives a more natural-looking finish. It goes on smoothly and leaves a dewy finish. It also won't settle into fine lines and doesn’t streak when the skin gets oily. It’s great for dry skin and in warmer seasons. Gel and cheek stains also deliver sheer colors and a natural look, but both can be difficult to blend because they dry quickly. Both work better on oily skin.
THE RIGHT TOOLS
The right tool depends on the look you’re aiming for. For a soft look, use a big and fluffy brush. This diffuses the color more slowly and evenly. For a more intense look, use a dense and tapered brush. The tapered edge allows you to deposit color with precision, and is best used when contouring the face. For everyday use, domed brushes with densely packed bristles work best. Preferably, you’d want a brush that’s dense enough to pick up color but fluffy enough to deliver a soft and even finish.
THE RIGHT STROKE
Forget the fish face. See the apples of your cheeks when you say cheese—that’s your target! Using your blush brush, apply your blush in circular motion. Blend it up and outward towards your temples until the hard lines disappear. If you’re using cream, gel or stain, dab a small dot on the center of your apples and move your fingers in a circular motion to blend.
Article posted 7/30/2012.