Blush Makeup Guide

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Blush makeup has got to be one of the most misunderstood, and poorly applied types of makeup. This is so much so, that a lot of people just don't wear it because they can't get it to look NATURAL.

I think the problem is partly  in the perspective we tend to have on the role blush takes in the makeup hierarchy.  Eyes and lips always seem to come first in the priority makeup techniques. 

However, although eyes and lips are often the focus feature(s) of makeup design, it would be a mistake to underestimate the supporting role of your foundational and color effects makeup.

Skilled application of blush and other color effects will take your beauty impact to a whole other level.  While a mediocre to poor application will drag down your makeup results (regardless of how brilliant your eyes and lips are).

Here is a fool proof guide to learning about blush formats (this page), choosing a blush that is ideal for you, and then creating gorgeous, radiant, natural looking, dimensional color.

CHOOSING A GOOD BLUSH FOR YOU

First of all, blush comes in a variety of formats; POWDER, CREAM, GEL and TINT , all with specific qualities that will create a variety of finishes and styles.  It is also important to consider your skin type as sometimes a format will just not suit a skin type (like cream blush on a very oily skin type).

There are also some great face color effects that dial up the dimension, the radiance, and the glamour, depending on your product.  They are highlighters, illuminizers, and shimmer makeup products and they can be a lot of fun.

Below you will find an quick and easy to read break down of the blush formats.

Once you know what type of blush is ideal for you, consider doing some homework on what brands may be your best option. It may seem easiest to buy what first gets your attention on a drugstore shelf, however, your time and money are definitely at risk.  Skip the disappointment and consider starting with this page on some of the very best blush options.

Regardless of your individual beauty style, learning proper blush application techniques will be the difference between clown face and gorgeous, sculpted radiance.  Here is a great page on how to apply blush in simple steps that will bring a beautiful natural looking finish.

Blush Makeup Formats

1POWDER

The Finish?

Soft, sheer-opaque , longest wearing type of blush, ideal for those with oily skin, and a good choice for really hot summer days.

Applied?  After foundation that is set with translucent powder, will give powder blush the best base and staying power.

Tool?  Proper blush powder brush.

apple graphic A combination of good placement technique and blending will achieve a subtle yet effective result...

  • dip brush into powder pad and dab off excess on tissue
  • then smile and place, with a gentle sweep, along your cheek bone starting at the "apple" of cheek, moving toward hairline and up the temple along the hairline
note graphicNote:  Pigment strongest at apple, fading in concentration as it moves back towards hairline.
  • BLEND WELL

A great powder blush makeup product to try?

NARS Cosmetics makes a particularly beautiful powder blush.  It is made with very saturated, vibrant pigment, that creates gorgeous sheer natural looking results. (*This is an award winning favorite among beauty pros and consumers alike, and this shade in particular, 'orgasm'  (that's what it's called) is a peachy pink that is universally flattering).

More great options...

2CREAM

The Finish?

Strong pigment that can be blended to desired finish but transparent enough to allow skin through.

Applied?  Either on bare skin or makeup prior to light powder set (can be done after powder but more work in blending) .

Tool?  Clean fingers are fastest, cream blush brush effective, sponge .

apple graphic A combination of good placement technique and blending will achieve a subtle yet effective result...

  • smile and dab along your cheek bone using clean fingers, starting with biggest dot at the "apple" of cheek, and a couple smaller dots moving toward hairline
  • then blend at apple and downward as you move toward hairline
blush makeup noteNote:  Pigment strongest at apple, fading in concentration as it moves back towards hairline.
  • BLEND WELL

Great cream blush makeup product to try?

Stila Convertible Color For Cheeks & Lips. This blush gets great reviews for its sheer gorgeous shades and versatility.

More great options...

3GEL

The Finish?

Very sheer subtle color.

Applied?  On bare clear skin (very transparent so skin needs to be problem free) or on makeup.

Tool?  Clean fingers.

apple graphic A combination of good placement technique and blending will achieve a subtle yet effective result...

  • concentrate color at the apple of cheeks, blending in a circular motion outward an back along cheek if using gel from tube, squeeze out pearl size dollop onto your finger, place on "apple", blending outward in a circular motion etc.
  • if using a stick dab at apple, placing another smaller dab behind it, then blend with fingers starting at apple,etc. 
blush makeup noteNote:  Pigment strongest at apple, fading in concentration as it moves back towards hairline.
  • BLEND WELL

Great gel blush makeup product to try?

Tarte Cheek Stain. This is an incredibly impressive product in fabulous sheer colors, easy to use, wonderful to smell and gorgeous natural looking flush (this is my daily staple...no matter what I am up to, I have this on).  It  has skin invigorating qualities, is without parabens, phthalates, talcs and sulfates, AND Tarte Cheek Stain has won multiple awards that include Allure, Self, Glam.com best of beauty awards...to name a few.  Blushing Bride is a universally skin tone flattering in a gorgeous plum shade.

More great options...

5TINT

The Finish? 

Sheer natural looking glow.

Applied?  Tend to dry quickly so make sure skin is well moisturized and blend quickly .

Tool?  Usually come with some kind of applicator, otherwise clean fingers.

apple graphic A combination of good placement technique and blending will achieve a subtle yet effective result...

  • place and work into the apple of your cheeks and blend in a circular patting motion around the apple and just beyond blending to the cheek side
blush makeup noteNote:  Pigment strongest at apple, fading in concentration as it moves back towards hairline.
  • BLEND WELL

Great tint blush makeup product to try?

LORAC Sheer Wash. This sheer wash of color comes in three shades (raspberry, rose and bronze) and is applied via an easy roll on applicator.  Getting that 'just pinched' cheeks look, a cinch and its also for lips.

More great options...

Last word on blush makeup...

We all have our own beauty aesthetic, with certain beauty, celebrity or fashion icons that we can relate to.  You might be surprised to learn that the most coveted celebrity beauty feature, is a gorgeous glowing complexion.  Celebrity makeup artists often report the biggest time spent on celebrities is making their skin and color look great.

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