Applying too much blush or not enough can entirely throw your makeup look for a loop. It's important to know how to use blush daily that will only make your skin glow and look healthy. How do you choose between creams, powders, and which brushes and tools are best to apply blush?
1. DON'T: Use too much of a contrast in color
Makeup artists have an amazing way of creating some of the most beautiful looks on models. While you might flip open a magazine and see a bright pink or orange blush on porcelain skin for a fashion editorial, this is not to be tried at home for the every day woman, as it can be fairly distracting. Using too much of a contrasting color can backfire, leaving you with streaks and sometimes a dirty or muddy looking finish and effect on the cheek.
DO: Use sheer blush tones and build pigment on the apples of the cheeks until you get the desired color that you're looking for. It's much easier to build and blend color than it is to take away. If you're fair skinned, try a soft light pink or peach color, one that looks natural. If you have olive skin, opt for warmer tones with bronze, and if you have a darker skin tone you can play around with berry and plum like colored blushes for a nice pop and highlight of color.
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Makeup Artist Tip: Not sure how to contour? No problem. When women are unsure of how to contour their face using a contouring powder, this usually ends up looking streaky or too dark. The key is knowing what areas to contour and highlight, and using a powder slightly warmer than your natural skin color so it looks exactly that, natural! Ask a makeup artist how to perfect this or even look up videos on YouTube to learn about contouring, you aren't alone in feeling like you need practice to master this technique!
2. DON'T: Forget to blend
If you apply blush on the apples of the cheeks without blending, it will appear as if it's just sitting on the skin, almost clown like. The key is to blend cream so that it looks like a soft wash of color on the cheeks and natural.
DO: Blend, blend, blend! Your blush should be blended from the apple of the cheek in an upward motion along the cheekbone. Lightly blend with a blush brush until it looks even and natural, no exaggerated lines. Blending is essential to making makeup look professionally applied, and will help your makeup last a lot longer, too.
3. DON'T: Wear blushes with a lot of glitter particles
This can cause glitter to stay on parts of the face and be more distracting than you might want it to be, along with it being a bit tougher to remove when the day is done. A great way to test out how blush is going to appear on the skin is to try it out before actually committing to buying it and seeing for yourself how much shimmer actually stays on the face. You can test products in the department store first to find the right one for you.
DO: Use blush that has a subtle shimmer and hi-lighting effect that is soft and natural. Just enough that when the light hits your skin, you cast a beautiful glow, versus a product that might come off too glittery. A great way to add radiance to the skin is by using a cream blush or a liquid highlighter, which you can work into the skin with your fingers for a beautiful finish. When using a liquid highlighter, dot the areas on the face you want highlighted and then blend into the skin.