Dec 8, 2015 Face
Liquid blush is one of the best ways to achieve a natural, rosy glow. When applied correctly, it won't even look like you're wearing blush at all; you'll just look bright and fresh-faced. In fact, liquid blush has had a following for centuries. Fun fact: In Ancient Greece they would use the juice from crushed mulberries to make a cheek stain. And now, thousands of years later, liquid blush is still going strong. If you've stopped yourself from trying liquid blush because you assumed it was a mess waiting to happen, let us tell you that it's actually a very manageable product. Yes, it's liquid — but you don't need Picasso-level skills to apply it. And while cream and powder rouges are great, nothing beats liquid-based formulas in the "natural-looking" category. So how do you use the stuff without making your face look like all streaky and zebra-like? Check out this super-simple, two-step process!
Step #1: Apply two dots of liquid blush to the apples of your cheek (try Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Blush), using your finger. If you prefer, you can apply the product first to the back of your hand using it as your palette and your finger as the brush. You can also get great application with a cosmetic sponge or blending brush (we love Lancôme Brush Cheek & Contour Brush #25). Make sure you apply liquid blush after your moisturizer and liquid foundation, but before your powder foundation. The powder texture can make your blush application messier and more difficult to manage.
Step #2: The key factor in applying liquid blush is timing. Immediately after applying the dots to your cheek, quickly blend upward and out. Don't pause between steps because the liquid blush will dry before you can blend it in properly, creating the dreaded streaking effect.