Blush is a one-step makeup trick that gives your cheeks a rosy glow and instantly brightens your complexion. To have beautiful rosy cheeks, the perfect shade of blush is a must, as well as proper application. By the end of this article, you’ll be eager to get to your powders and brushes to achieve perfectly rosy cheeks.
A simple trick to finding the perfect shade of blush is to pinch your cheeks to get color, and then matching the shade to that color. You can also pick a blush that’s half a shade darker than your lipstick or gloss. If you’re prone to acne flare-ups, stay away from red or pink shades and opt for a yellowish-brown blush to play down the redness. Steer clear of shimmery blushes, as these varieties almost never look natural.
Before applying any makeup, apply a thin layer of your favorite moisturizer onto freshly rinsed skin. Wait at least five minutes for the lotion to sink into skin; otherwise the makeup will build up. If you use powder or mineral foundation, the blush you use should be the same texture; similarly, cream blush should only be used with a liquid or cream foundation, otherwise the makeup will clump. If you do not wear foundation, the blush you apply to skin will soak in much easier, so more should be applied to achieve the same effect. As a rule, the more layers of makeup you apply, the lighter the blush should be to attain a natural glow.
Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize where to apply the blush to get a natural color. Here are a couple of tips to locate the perfect areas of your face where a blush would naturally occur. The first is to bend over for about 30 seconds so that more blood rushed to your head. Stand up slowly. Where your cheeks are flushed with color is where you should apply your blush to be naturally rosy. Another tip is to smile! Smiling accentuates the parts of the cheeks where it is best to apply blush. Apply more color just outside the fattest part of the cheeks. Avoid too much blush under the eyes or near the nose or temples, as this tends to look unnatural.
Once you’re ready to apply, tap the brush or blow on it to remove excess color from your brush. Also, consider a fan brush in lieu of a denser one, as the fatter brushes tend to drop too much color on cheeks. A fan brush works well with powder, mineral and cream blush varieties and will dispense exactly the right amount of color. Fan brushes also blend color very well, leaving a natural, rosy glow. Place the brush on the apple of your cheek and blend upwards towards your natural hairline. If you have two shades, apply the darker tone on the apple of your cheek and use the lighter one to highlight it afterwards. Make sure to blend in the two colors in order to avoid that “line of demarcation” that is the hallmark of poorly applied makeup! After applying blush to your cheeks, use a little color to softly highlight your temples, forehead and chin. These areas should only be softly dusted with blush or else your face will be much too dark. It’s a good idea to try out this look a couple times to achieve a perfect balance of face color.
If you’re going from night to day, use little blush in the daytime and apply a little more at night. Opt for a deeper shade for a more dramatic look for nighttime and to highlight your cheekbones in dimly lit areas. Another tip for nighttime is a light frosting of shimmer powder on your cheekbones. Make sure not to over apply the shimmer, or all your endeavors to create a natural glow will be in vain. A light layer, applied carefully, should do the trick to give your face a soft, sexy glow. And, as always, blend your makeup well. Too much makeup and too little blending tend to make the wearer look as much as five years older!
Blush always tends to be the trickier aspect of applying makeup. From choosing a color to correctly applying, a natural rosy glow is not the easiest look to achieve. However, with this article, you’ll soon be an expert in applying makeup and you’ll always have a natural, rosy, sexy glow to your skin and a flawless look for both day and night.