How to apply blush

How to apply blush

There really is no right way how to apply blush. It's not an exact science. The color either looks good on you or  it doesn't, and it's either too bright or too dark. Placement of blush is open to interpretation and can be done in a variety of different ways based on your face shape.

What I am about to tell you is one basic way to apply it that can work for anyone, regardless of age or shape.

Think ahead to the lipcolor you will use and take into consideration the eye color you have used. It’s important to compliment rather then compete with it. If using a stong eye color, it’s important to compliment it with a softer lip and blush color and vice versa. Unless, of course you want to be a walking billboard of color. Totally up to you. 

This will then determine the colour in which you choose for your blush. They should be in the same color family. Lips and cheeks talk at the same time, that’s why it’s important to make sure you choose a color that will compliment not only your skintone, but style and profession as well.

The darker the skin, the more they are able to pull off brighter and darker colors without them looking really dramatic. So if you are really pale and want something natural you wouldn't choose hot pink, but if you were really tan and chose fuchsia it wouldn't look as dramatic on you. 


  • Blush and Blush Brush
  • Contour and Contour Brush
  • Bronzer
  • Wall Mirror and good lighting

The Blush Application 

After you've applied your foundation, it is then time to apply blush and bronzer. You can also apply your foundation, powder and then blush. 

Using your blush brush; press it into the blush compact or pan, look straight ahead into your mirror on the wall, and smile. The muscle that you see tighten up is the apple of your cheek. Apply your blush right on the apple. Make it even on both sides and blend the edges. 

I also love the wrap around cheekbone blush as shown here in this image provided by MakeUp Forever. You basically take the apple, cheekbone and temple and in a c formation wrap it around the cheekbone and side of the eye (temple). 

Look again at the mirror. Are you even? Is it the same placement and brightness on both sides. Does it look as natural or dramatic as you like? 

Makeup sponges make good erasers if you've nothing on them, so use this to remove some if you've applied too much. 

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