Simple Steps To The Most Natural Blush

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Blush can finish off a look by giving a lovely natural looking glow and color. Applying it wrong can alter your face shape appearance or just make you look like a clown! Heres some simple tips to get the most natural looking blush.

Keep It Believable

The whole idea of putting color on your cheeks is to mimic a healthy glow. Rose shades like L'Oréal Paris True Match in Spiced Plum are best for pale skin, Apricots such as Yves Saint Laurent Cream Blush in 01 work for medium complexions, and muted brick reds like Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Truffle flatter dark skin.


Create A Base

Blush can look blotchy on uneven skin. The fix? A great primer. That way you have a smooth base for your blush to go over. L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is fantastic for this.

Pick A Finish

Consider your skin, blushes with shimmer bring sallow skin back to life, while matte blushes are ideal for oily skin, eliminating shine and staying put longer. Sheer blushes, which tend to be creams or gels, look best on very dark or very pale complexions, since they allow the skin to show through. 
For oily skin: A gel formula is great for this skin type, gel can be hard to blend on drier skin. 
For normal to dry skin: Try a cream blush. It blends in more easily than other formulations and generally looks a little more natural. 
For normal to oily skin: Go with a powder formula. It will last longer than a cream blush, which can fade.


Even if your skin isn't oily, a layer of translucent powder used as a primer for your powder blush will help the pigment go on uniformly and last longer. If you like a dewy look and normally avoid powder, just powder the area where you'll be applying blush.

Learn The Right Placement

For the most natural look, begin your blush application at the top of the apple of your cheek. The idea is to deposit most of the pigment where rosiness would first appear naturally, if you were simply flushing. If you can't see where that spot is, smile. Then, blend outward, toward the ear.

Consider Your Face Shape

Expertly applied blush can shape and define your face and it's easier to do than you think:

To thin a round face; 
Start your blush at the apples, then brush it along the cheekbones all the way up to the temples.
To fill out a thin face;
Using circular motions, apply your blush to the center of your cheeks and blend it along the cheekbones and straight back to your ears. On a narrow face, a bright pink blush with highlighter on the apples is great.
To shorten a long face; 
Dust your blush from the apples up toward the temples, then a little across each eyelid and on the chin. Having the same shade on your eyes, cheeks, and chin will make your face appear shorter.
To soften a square face; 
Apply a soft shade of blush on the apples and down into the hollows of your cheeks. 


Sometimes you find the color from blush fades throughout the day. To keep the color going strong, first apply a little cream blush and let it sink in, then dust a bit of translucent powder over the area and finish with powder blush. The color should last for hours.

Follow these steps and you will certainly be on your way to a beautiful blush

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