To Blush Or Not To Blush?

To Blush Or Not To Blush?

The answer is: YES to blush! However, applying too much or not enough blush can throw your entire makeup look for a loop. It's important to know how to use blush on a daily basis, which will help make your skin glow and look healthy. How do you choose between creams or powders, and which brushes and tools are the best to apply blush?

1. DON'T: Use too much of a contrasting color

You might flip open a magazine and see a bright pink or orange blush on “porcelain” skin for a fashion editorial, but this is not real life. Using too much of a contrasting color can backfire, leaving you with streaks and sometimes a dirty or muddy looking finish effect on the cheeks.

DO use a lighter version of a blush you like to build pigment on the apples of your cheeks until you get the desired color that you're looking for. It's much easier to build and blend a color than to take it away. Plus, if you have never bronzed yourself or have a really hard time with contour, then I suggest using a light pigmented blush. If you're fair skinned, try a softer light pink or peach color, mostly one that looks natural. If you have olive skin, opt for warmer tones with bronze, and if you have a darker skin tone you can play around with berry and plum-like colored blushes for a nice pop and highlight color effect.

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2. DON'T: Forget to blend

If you apply blush on the apples of your cheeks without blending first, this will appear as if it’s just sitting on the skin, almost clown like. The key is to blend in (cream or powder) so that it looks natural, like a soft wash of color on the cheeks.

Do: The First Rule Of Makeup is to Blend, Blend, Blend! in an upward motion along the cheekbone. Lightly blend with a blush brush (if its a cream, you can even use your fingers) until it looks even and natural, with no exaggerated lines. Blending is essential for makeup to look professional and to last a lot longer too!

3. DON'T: Wear blushes with a lot of glitter particles

You don’t want to look like a disco ball! Glitter can stay on parts of the face and be more distracting than you might want it to be, along with it being a bit tougher to remove when the day is done. A great way to test out how blush is going to appear on the skin is to try it out before actually committing to buying it and seeing for yourself how much shimmer actually stays on the face.

Do: Use a blush that has a subtle shimmer and that is soft and natural. Just enough that when the light hits your skin, you cast a beautiful glow, versus a product that might come off too glittery. A great way to add radiance to the skin is by using a cream blush or a liquid highlighter, which you can work into the skin with your fingers for a beautiful finish.

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