Applying blush gives color and life to your cheeks. Blush can also transform your face depending on where you place it. I will show you the simplest way to apply blush as well as explain the other blush placements and what effects they can create. The step-by-step instructions and pictures below show how I apply my blush everyday.
The trick to making powder blush application easy is to use a big brush. The easiest way to apply blush is by placing a light amount of blush on your cheek and then building up the color as needed. This way your blush will look like it’s already blended, rather than applying a lot of color in one area and then blending it out afterward. Using a big brush helps create an “instant blended” look.
Before you apply blush, you could do one or both of the following:
I did both of these before I applied blush in the pictures below.
Note: I always apply makeup to my cheeks after I am done with my eyeshadow in case there’s any fallout on my cheeks that I want to clean up. I didn’t apply any eyeshadow here though so I can keep the focus on the blush in these pictures.
Pick up some blush on the end of a big power/blush brush, and tap it to remove any excess blush.
Here I’m using a MAC 129 brush and MAC Sheertone Blush in “Peaches”.
Smile so that the apples of your cheeks show up easily.
Position the brush so that it sits on the high point of the apple of your cheek, as shown.
Lightly brush downwards along your cheek, continuing to smile.
Continue brushing downwards while moving the brush along a diagonal line towards your temple.
To achieve a more blended overall look, quickly brush some of the same cheek color over your eyebrow area.
This step is optional, but I do this all the time.
I took this picture before I applied blush, so that you can compare my cheeks with the picture from Step 4.
It’s easier to apply a light amount of blush and build the color up later rather than toning down too much blush. However, if you have too much blush, take some setting powder and brush it along the area that you want to tone down. I also like using MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in “Soft & Gentle” to tone down vibrant blushes while adding a glow to my cheeks at the same time!
Lastly, you could place blush in certain areas to achieve different looks. For example:
- If you have an angular face, place blush only on your apples to help soften your features.
- If instead you want to sharpen your features, apply blush only on the upper part of your cheekbones (the area where the brush is shown in Step 3).
- To make a wide face look narrower, apply and blend blush in a vertical line on either side of your nose.
- To make a long face look shorter, apply blush horizontally from the center of the apples towards your ears.
Have fun adding some color to your cheeks!