Now that you’ve found the right blush color for your skin tone and shopped the drugstore for the best formulas, it’s time to learn exactly where to apply it. Besides brightening your face or complementing a bold lip, it turns out that the right swipe of blush can actually change the shape of your face. How? Applying color to certain spots can make a round face longer, a long face shorter, and soften angular features—basically a subtler one-step approach to contouring. Keep scrolling to find out exactly where you should be applying your rouge. (And, psst: You can figure out your face shape with our handy guide right here.)
Those with a square-shaped face benefit from blush applied directly to the apples of their cheeks, in a circular shape. This softens angular features by drawing attention to the roundest part of the face.
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If you have a diamond-shaped face, the goal is to a draw attention to the bottom half of your face. Apply blush along the top of your cheekbones, blending towards your ears to draw the eye down—and highlight your cheekbones! (Ilia's Multi-Sticks, $34, allow you to do both.)
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Blush, like bangs, is a great way to break up a long face. Apply a horizontal swipe of color to make your face appear wider. You have two choices: Apply from the apples of your cheeks to your ears, or start on the top of your cheekbones ad blend out to your temples.
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If you have a heart-shaped face, apply blush along the bottom of your cheekbones, similar to the way you would apply contour. This will help balance a strong jawline by bringing the attention to your cheekbones.
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Add definition to a round face by sucking in your cheeks and sweeping blush under your cheekbones. Avoid the apples, since that will make your face appear rounder.
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If you have an oval-shaped face, concentrate your blush the top of your cheekbones, lightly blending up and back toward your ears. This will give your cheekbones serious definition.
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How do you sculpt your face with blush? Got any tips to share? Sound off below!