Blush is the ultimate 10-second makeover: A little color on your cheeks can make you look fresher, healthier and more awake in an instant.


Foundation plays a vital role in beautifying the complexion. Base makeup can conceal skin flaws such as open pores or dark spots. Yet the coverage effect of makeup can mask the natural complexion and expression. A blush comes in handy to restore a healthy glow. A few dabs of color to the cheeks accentuate the natural tone of the complexion and bring out a transparent clarity and natural flush that seems to glow from within. Blush also adds dimension to the face. Depending on how it’s applied, it can sharpen facial contours or conjure a cute and charming impression.

Blend light dabs of color in wide, circular sweeping motions along the cheekbones

Blushes come as powders, creams, or liquids. The powders are the easiest to use, especially with professional blush brushes. Brushes with abundant soft bristles hold plenty of powder for rendering natural gradations and finish. Start by putting ample blush powder on the brush, tapping off any excess powder over a tissue or the palm of your hand. Next, apply a light dab of color in wide, circular sweeping long along the lines of the cheekbones to create a soft effect without conspicuous borders. This will bring out a natural healthy, flushed look. For a more chiseled appearance, blend on the powder blush at a sharper angle of the brush along the cheek lines. Never apply the blush below the nose line, as this may create a droopy-cheeked effect and makes you look old. If you have high, prominent cheek bones, apply light colors in wide generous, circular strokes to soften the cheeks. Strong colors can easily draw too much attention to the checks by emphasizing their height and volume. Avoid too reddish colors and let the powder blend naturally into the skin.

Be sure to apply the blush symmetrically. Blend on the blush in the same way and direction on each side of the face and double check that the darkest parts of the cheeks match perfectly on the right and left.

How do professional makeup artists prevent harsh lines?
A broad-tipped blush brush won’t leave harsh lines. For the best effect, the brush tip should follow the handle as you apply the blush on your cheeks.

Selecting the right blush texture:
glow vs. matte

Finishes of many types, from matte to glow, are available for different looks and preferences. Glowing, radiant textures bring out a firm, youthful look and are very popular at the moment. However, make sure that you choose a texture that gives you the desired finish. Young women prone to crumbling makeup may want to select a matte blush to avoid too much shininess. Mature women are well advised to go for a matte type or a natural glowing texture with fine granules rather than a blush with strong luster. If you want to hold back on the pearly effect but seek something more sheer than matte, you may like the foggy, velvety-like quality of the semi-matte type.

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A sampling of finishing effects (textures)

Glow: Youthful, healthy, clear and transparent
Semi-matte: Soft and light, foggy
Matte: Refined, delicate, fashionable

Blush techniques with sophistication

Blush improves the skin color while adding contours to the face. If you want to downplay the skin color difference between your face and neck, you can blend some leftover blush powder upwards from the bottom of the chin after doing your cheeks. If you want to soften the contours of your nose, add a touch of color at the bridge of the nose. If you’re more concerned about dullness around the lips or flakiness in your foundation, obscure the problem by gently brushing touches of red from beneath the nose down to the upper lip.

Selecting the blush color

Select a blush color according to your preferred look. If you want a color that blends well with your skin, select pink for a fair skin color, coral or red for a medium skin color, or orange or beige for darker skin. If you want to try on other blush colors, stay safe by combing them with other makeup colors that blend naturally with your skin.

For a makeup look with a sense of unity, try matching the colors of your cheek blush and lip color. When you wear a bright red lipstick, for example, a light dab of red blush will obscure any hints of white flakiness of your foundation.

Makeup is a creative medium for expressing a woman’s individuality. By coordinating the color of your eye and lip makeup with your cheek blush, you’ll soon be able to use a whole range of colors you could never use before.

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