January 20, 2015 Ashley Rebecca Spotlight

How to Blend Blush So It Looks Natural

We love hearing from our panel of beauty pros about the latest and greatest beauty tricks. Today, we're lucky enough to hear from New York-based makeup artist Ashley Rebecca on how to blend blush like a pro!

Whether you want to accentuate your cheekbones, or add a healthy pop of color to tie your beauty look together, blush is a coveted makeup product that most women use on a daily basis. While always important to choose shades that complement your skin tone and look natural, there's nothing worse than seeing someone with muddy-looking, streaky blush -- yikes! So what's the easiest way to blend blush without looking like a circus clown? Here are my pro tips on how to blend blush properly so that you look fresh and rosy all day long.

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1. Use a Fluffy Brush

The best way to apply blush lies within the tools you use. Round, fluffy blush brushes are ideal when blending because they distribute pigment evenly. Try brushes like YSL Powder Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush.

2. Keep it On the Apples

Keep blush on the apples of the cheeks, and blend upward with your brush in a circular motion. This will give you a natural finish, versus one that looks streaky or harsh. If you want to add contour, pop some warm bronzing powder in the hollows of your cheekbones.

3. Add Highlighter

While matte, powder blushes are great, it never hurts to add a little highlighter to your blush to accentuate a healthy glow. Some blushes have a little shimmer to them already, but you can also achieve this look by dabbing liquid highlighter (we love Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer) on top for some added dewiness. Blend subtly until you get the perfect glow.

What are your tricks to blush blending? Spill in the comments below!

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    About the Author: Ashley is a New York City-based makeup artist with a robust list of editorial and celebrity clients.