How to Apply Blush

How to Apply Blush

Sometimes the subtlest of changes can make the biggest differences and that is definitely the case for blush. Where you put it on the face and how you apply it can totally change your look. We’re explaining how to apply blush in 5 different ways, from subtle flushes of colour to bolder looks.

Basic Blush Tips

Wherever you apply your brush, there are a few great rules to follow for a flawless look everytime:

  • Choose your brush carefully. Fan brushes are amazing for applying in lines along cheekbones, fluffier round brushes work best for on the apples of cheeks and stippling brushes help blend cream formulas.
  • Always tap off the excess. With blush, the essential thing is to build up slowly. Make sure your brush isn’t overloaded by tapping or dabbing off the excess before you apply to your face.
  • Don’t smile when you apply. This is what you are usually told to do to find the apples of the cheeks but because of the way it can wrinkle the skin and raise the face, it can mess up the evenness of your application and where you wanted to apply.
  • Blend, blend and blend some more. Blending the edges of your blush is the key to getting that gorgeous natural flush. If you are also applying highlighter and contour, they should all blend seamlessly together with no harsh lines.

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5 Ways to Apply Blush

Whatever look you prefer, these are 5 ways to use blush for different looks and feels. With everything from the basic application to the latest draping trend, read on to find out the different methods.

The Traditional Method

Natural Blush Application

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This method is the one that almost everyone tends to do, with colour along the cheekbones and onto the apples of the cheeks. It suits everyone and looks very pretty.

To get the, apply your blush starting from your hairline just by your ear, down the cheekbones and then swirl onto the apples of the cheeks.

We love: 

NARS Orgasm Blush, for its universally flattering shimmering tones.

The Apple Pop Method

Catherine Zeta Jones

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A pop of colour focused on the apples of the cheeks gives a fresh, youthful and sweet look. It can help to widen longer, narrower faces but we think this is a pretty one for everyone.

For this look, start applying blush from the apples of the cheeks and blend upwards in circular motions to soften.

We love: 

Lancôme Blush Subtil in Figue Espiegle for a pretty rosy cheek.

The Defining Method

Cheekbone blush Emma Watson

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Blush placed just below the cheekbones is a beautiful way to add subtle shape and definition to the face with blusher, perfect for wider faces or accentuating heart shapes.

To get the look, apply blush with a fan brush in a straight line just above the hollow of the cheek, blending towards the mouth.

We love:

Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Iced Lotus for a neutral blush that gives gorgeous definition.

The Fashion Method

Blush high on Cheekbones

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A more adventurous look, this is where you place blush high up on the cheekbones, almost by the eyes. It is loved on the catwalks and works to emphasise the cheekbones.

For this method, apply blush at the hairline at the top of the cheekbones in an arc up over the temples. You want to blend it in ‘c’ shape almost by the eyes.

We love:

BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Faux Pas for a bold, electric pop of colour.

The Draping Method

Draping How to

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Draping is a big beauty trend right now, but it actually is an old method, often associated with the makeup artist Way Bandy, who worked on icons like Cher and Farrah Fawcett.

Essentially, it is contouring with blush and highlighter and it was huge in the 80s. At the moment, it feels like a fresh take on contouring, adding colour and radiance.

To get the look, you need 2 shades of blush, 1 lighter and 1 darker.

Using a fan brush, start with the darker shade and apply just under the cheekbones, starting at the ear and moving towards the mouth. Make sure you only blend up over the cheekbones, not down.

Then you can apply the lighter colour just above that, higher on the cheekbones, helping to soften and blend.

Finally a touch of highlighter on the very tops of the cheekbones finishes the look. All 3 should be well blended together so there are no harsh edges or lines.

We love:

The NARS Narcissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette. With 4 shades of blush from light to dark, this feels like it is made for draping!



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