Written By Erica lopez
How to Apply: The warmth of your finger will help to really melt the pigment into your skin, however, for those who prefer to keep their hands clean, look to a Beauty Blender, a small blush or stippling brush to transfer a soft wash of color to the cheeks.
How to Apply: The trick to working with a stain is speed. Apply with a brush (you can’t go wrong with the Utowa Cheek Brush) and then blend it out using your fingers.
How to Apply: One of the best things about using a gel blush is the color payoff–a little goes a long way. I apply this type of blush in the same way as a stain blush: using a brush first and then blending with my fingers. If the blush comes in bullet form, apply directly from the packaging with no brush or fingers, blending as you go for a more concentrated dispense of color. If too much blush is used, the only way to correct the color is to wash it off and start over.
How to Apply: Use angular brushes for defined blending or a domed brush to give you that perfect color pop. When in doubt, setting spray is a great tool for powdered blushes, in case you’ve applied too much and it appears dusty. Give your face a spritz or two after applying your makeup to help it last all day.
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OVAL: For oval faces, applying to the apples of the cheeks will be just right.
ROUND: To slim a round face, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and apply outwards and upwards along your cheekbones.
SQUARE: For square faces, make a little rectangle by brushing in a linear motion back and forth. Square faces have very pointy cheekbones, so be careful to apply the blush gently and not to overdo the look—too much pigment will appear too harsh.
MATURE: An instant trick to lift older cheeks is to swirl blush ever-so-slightly higher than the apples of the cheeks. Avoid long strokes from ear to mouth, which drag the face down and only emphasize gauntness.
2. Employ shimmer blush with caution. Choose your degree of sparkle, based on occasion and time of day. Most sparkly blushes are better suited for an evening red carpet than they are for the 9 a.m. board meeting.
3. Apply color to the areas of your face that flush naturally—a look in the mirror or selfie post-cardio can help guide the way.
2. Powder blushes on mature skin—they settle into fine lines and creases.
3. Applying rouge too low or too high on the face, or too close to the nose.