Makeup tips for applying blush

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Tips for applying blusher

beautiful young woman with healthy faceMany of us tend to apply blusher the same way each day, however there are so many ways which you can be really versatile with your blusher.  You can not only achieve different looks by using different blusher products, but by applying blusher in different ways.  This guide will take you through the different blusher products available and also how to apply them to give very different looks.

Blusher types

Powder blusher

Powder blushers are really popular and are great for that soft elegant finish.  This blusher is great to use over matt foundation as it complements the matt texture really well.  As this is a powdered product, it’s great for all skin types; however, it may look flaky on those with very dry skins.

Cream blusher

Cream blushers are great if you want that dewy effect on the skin.  For this reason, they compliment foundations which have an added radiance to them.  They also compliment tinted moisturisers really well for that natural fresh look.  Using a cream blusher is great for all skin types apart from really oily skins as the cream blush may be too heavy for the skin.  To apply a cream blush stipple on with a flat top kabuki brush by Nanshy; then blend and contour.

Liquid blusher

The liquid blusher is great to use on top of your foundation.  What is also really good about liquid foundations is that you can really get an intense colour from using these.  To apply a dot to the area you want to apply blush and blend.  The best way of blending is to use your fingers at first as liquid is so fine.  Once you have done this you can further blend with a Nanshy flat top buffer brush so that the result looks seamless.  Liquid blushers can be used for all skin types apart from maybe the more mature skins as this blusher tends to exaggerate any imperfections and lines in the skin.

 Different ways to apply your blusher

Classic blush: A classic blush looks great on everyone.  To apply, use a cream, liquid or powder blusher over the apple of the cheeks and run the blush along the cheekbone towards the temple.  You can make this look really structured with a strong line along the cheekbone, or you can make this look more subtle with a softer line along the cheekbone.

Apply as a natural flush:

This is a great look at a natural finish.  The idea is that you want to apply the blush where you naturally go pink in the cheeks.  This is great to wear with a simple daytime make-up.  To apply, apply some blusher product to the apples of the cheeks then slowly fade it down a little past the cheekbones, a little towards the nose, and up towards the temple.  Once you have done this you can further blend with a Nanshy flat top buffer brush if needed.

Apply blush as a “dolly” style:

This is a great distinctive look for both day and the evening.  To achieve this look apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks only.  You don’t need to apply blusher to any other areas, but you can blend with a Nanshy flat top buffer brush to blend out the look.


Applying blush to contour

Contouring products like foundations, bronzers and liquid highlighters can all help balance out our face.  However, you can do this with blusher as well.  The ideal face shape is an oval one, you can find your face shape from looking at the following this link from the Channel 4 website (click here)  If you want to alter the shape of your face with blusher contouring follow these simple rules:

Round face:  If you have a round face shape then you want to draw attention away from the side of the cheeks. To do this apply blush on the cheeks and towards the ear.  The blush will act as a shader and narrow the face.

Square face:  For this face shape you want to draw attention to the centre of the face, rather than along the jawline and forehead.  For this shape apply blusher towards the centre of the cheeks rather than towards the ear.

Long face: For this face shape you may want to make the appearance of your face look wider than it is.  To do this with blusher, apply it directly along the cheekbones to highlight and draw attention to the width of the face.

Triangle face:  For this face shape, the widest part of the face will be the jaw, as opposed to the forehead and cheekbone area.  To balance out the face with this face shape, use a blusher to draw attention to the centre of the face.  To achieve this apply a flush to the cheek area.  See above on how to do a flush blusher. 

Heart face: A heart-shaped face will appear wider in the forehead and cheekbone area, than the jawline.  For a heart-shaped face, you want to draw attention away from the top half of the face.  To do this with your blusher, apply it on the lower parts of the cheekbone area and blend towards the temple.


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