January 7, 2015 Angela Melero Expert Tips

7 Ways You Might Be Wearing Blush Wrong

Nothing perks up a face like blush. It seems no matter how sick or terrible you feel (and look), a couple swipes of this pink miracle worker and you become the picture of health and beauty. However, that being said, blush is not a product to throw on haphazardly. When done wrong, it can be disastrous. Want to avoid the blush danger zone? Check out these common mistakes and tips on how to stay on the straight and narrow path to blushing beauty!

1. Applying Too Far Below the Cheekbone

Make sure to avoid applying blush lower than your nostrils. You don’t want to draw the face downward as that can make you appear older. Keep the color on the apples of your cheeks. To find the sweet spot, smile and lightly dust blush where your cheeks pop up. Build the color as needed.

2. Applying Too High Above the Cheekbone

Just like applying the color too low on the cheek is a cardinal sin, so is applying it too high on the face. While drawing the face upward is important, going too high with your color can make your blush look unnatural and clown-like.

3. Choosing the Wrong Shade

Consider your blush shade as important as your foundation shade. The wrong color can mean trouble for your face. Make sure to go with a shade that complements your skin tone. Not sure what your blush color-match is? Find out here.

4. Not Blending Well

As cute as the rosy-cheeked baby dolls of our childhoods were, no one truly aspires to have those perfectly round circles of blush on their cheeks. The purpose and reason for blush is for it to look natural. The key to this subtle flush is blending. Make sure there are no visible lines or streaks of color on your face!

5. Using the Wrong Brush

Blush-specific brushes were created for a reason. They are designed to give you perfect, angular application every time. Make sure you pick the correct brush for your blush type and formula. For powder blushes, use a natural brush and for cream or liquid formulas, try a synthetic brush.

Product Recommendations: YSL Beauty Blusher Brush, The Body Shop Blusher Brush

6. Using the Wrong Formula

Make sure your tailoring your blush formula to your skin to ensure the most flawless finish. For dry complexions, go with a cream- or liquid-based formula. For oily skin, try a powder-based brush.

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush, Urban Decay Naked Flushed

7. Overdoing It

It is possible to have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to blush. To keep the color soft and flawless, start off with light swipes on the cheeks and gradually build the color until you have the natural color you need.

What are your tips for flawless blush application? Sound off in the comments below!



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