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How To Apply Blush Effectively: Tips & Tricks

Whether you’re just starting out with makeup looks or are practically a cosmetics pro, blush is often one of the most familiar products in your makeup kit. Learning how to do blush is a basic makeup skill, and today we’re going to talk about how to apply blush naturally for a vibrant, pink-cheeked look!

Blush is used to add color to the face, which creates a rosy, youthful appearance. When applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended upward and out towards the temples, blush can enhance and define the cheekbones and brighten the complexion. 

There are lots of different ways to apply blush, but most people prefer applying it so that it creates a healthy, rosy appearance on the apples of the cheeks. 

What Are The Apples of the Cheeks?

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The “apples of the cheeks” refers to the rounded area on the cheek that is raised when smiling. When applying blush, smiling can help you identify the apples of your cheeks, making it easier to apply the product in the right spot.

Types of Blush

There are several different types of blush, including powder blush, cream blush, gel blush, and liquid blush. Powder blush is the most common type of blush, and is the type of blush you are most likely familiar with.

Tinted blush is also available. This type of product has a sheer, buildable formula which adds a subtle pop of color. You can brush this type of blush on, or simply use your fingers. 

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How To Apply Blush

To apply blush, you will want to use a fluffy, dome-shaped brush for application or blending. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, then sweep the brush upward and out toward your temples. Use a light, sweeping motion to blend the color into your skin for a natural-looking flush.

How To Choose Blush Based On Your Skin Tone

Blush is meant to mimic the effect of flushing, so the best way to choose a shade is to think about how your skin looks when you’re happy or excited. The best blush for pale skin is usually a shade of pink or peach. For medium skin, opt for apricot hues or rose. Blush for dark skin often looks best when it’s a deep berry or plum shade.

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It may take some experimentation to find the best blush for you, but that’s part of the fun of doing makeup! Learning about what products work best for your skin can be a fun and highly rewarding experience.

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