How to Choose and Apply Blush

Posted in great tips! by tokyostargirl on March 18, 2009

LOVE THIS! I never thought blush makes a difference (especially when I have a natural flush), but these days I’ve realized that it REALLY makes a difference! Even if I wear nothing else, I must have blush! It just gives you an awake glow! Blush isn’t always the easiest thing to apply (evenly that is) – so this article I found really helps! Hope you get something from it.

Allure interviews Jillian Dempsey, makeup artist and the global creative director for Avon.

At first blush: Perfectly pink cheeks, as seen backstage at New York fashion week, fall 2008. Blush is so often overlooked—it doesn’t have quite the sex appeal of a red lipstick or a smoky eye shadow. But once you find the right shade, it can be the only thing you put on. It’ll instantly brighten your skin.

Color test. To find the shade that flatters your skin tone, gently pinch your cheeks and match the blush to the color you get. You can also try one that’s half a shade darker than your favorite neutral lipstick. If you have acne or a ruddy complexion, try a tawnier shade so the blush doesn’t call attention to the redness. Either way, shimmery blush almost never looks natural.

Add the cream. I tell novices to start with a cream blush because it goes on sheer and it’s easy to blend. The exception is if you use also a powder foundation or loose powder on your face; always keep makeup textures consistent so they don’t clump.

Fan yourself. Dense brushes—the ones that typically come with blush—are tricky and tend to create a big, sloppy chunk of color in the middle of the cheek. I use a fan brush for both cream and powder formulas. The thin hairs blend color seamlessly.

Product placement. When I’m working on a client, I smile so she’ll smile, which accentuates the best part of the cheeks to apply blush. I put the highest concentration of color just outside the fattest part of the cheeks—not directly under the eyes. You don’t want the concentration of color to be too close to the nose or the temples, because that look screams “too much blush.”

Build it up. The more layers of makeup you wear, the lighter the blush should be. Conversely, if you apply blush to bare skin, it will soak in and be more diffuse, so you may have to use more for the same effect.

article here.


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  1. Faith said, on March 18, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    I wish I could wear blush… *sigh*

  2. kawaiikao said, on March 18, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    ahhh i used to never wear blush either but then i think fuz kinda got me into it…she has so many pretty ones! lol!!

  3. anh said, on March 18, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    thanks for the tips jeannie! miss u!

  4. mayk said, on March 18, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    love it.
    I feel that certain shimmer-type blushes work wonders though. Once I tried Guerlain meteorites in “Pink Fresh” I was hooked. A perfect glow without obvious shimmer.

    another favorite is NARS “dolce vita” blush – great for yellow undertones.

  5. miku said, on March 18, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Wow, I can’t wear blush(I think I look like a clown) and I have a very, very visible flush. One sweep of the wind and I have the reddest cheeks out there.

  6. Sophia said, on July 10, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    this is fantastic. with all my friends getting married soon, this site has giving me great tips 🙂 Thanks Jeannie!

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