How to Get Natural-Looking Flushed Cheeks With Blush

March 26, 2021
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
person applying blush to cheek with makeup brush

There are two types of people when it comes to blush: those who swear by its ability to rosy up even the dullest-looking complexions and those who steer clear of it at all costs fearing a clown-like finish. While there’s a fine line between looking naturally flushed and being overly rouged, the right products and application can guarantee that your cheeks look dewy, dusted and au naturale every time. To get the inside scoop on the secret to perfectly flushed cheeks, we tapped the expertise of celebrity makeup artist Billie Gene. Find out his tips for getting your blush to mimic your skin’s natural flush, ahead. 

Go for a Dewy Base 

“The first step to getting the flushed cheek look is to ensure that your skin is supple and hydrated,” says Gene. So grab your favorite serum, oil or primer and get to work on creating a glowy canvas. The next step? Foundation. But according to Gene, picking the right complexion product is a must. “Be sure to use a foundation with a dewy or natural finish; it’ll pair easiest with the blush.” We recommend the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Dewy and Smooth Foundation

Choose a Creamy Texture 

When going for a natural flush, a cream or liquid blush is the way to go. If you don’t have one in your makeup bag, we recommend picking up the Maybelline New York Cheek Heat or the Tower28 BeachPlease Tinted Balm for Lips + Cheeks in Power Hour. “Cream products tend to blend the easiest into the skin,” says Gene. “I suggest picking up two swipes of the blush. You want just enough to where the color is visible on the blush brush or on your fingers.”
maybelline cheek heat, tower 28 power hour beachplease luminous tint

Product Placement Is Key

To make your blush more blendable, Gene likes to warm it up between his fingers before patting the color onto the skin. Start at the apples of the cheeks and work your blush upwards. “Blending upwards lifts the color and softens the look to make it appear more natural,” he says. If you’ve diffused your blush and are looking for more color payoff, gently dab on more product using your fingers. 

Set Everything Except Your Cheeks 

Never will we ever leave the house without setting our makeup — it’s a fact. But, when it comes to preserving the flushed look of our cheeks, powdering properly is crucial. “Focus on the T-zone and perimeter of the face but leave the center fresh and flushed,” says Gene. 

Tone it Down 

While in a dream world we’d get the perfect pop of color just right every time, the reality is that we’re bound to go a little overboard every once in a while. “When this happens, I suggest applying a thin layer of foundation over the cheeks to allow the blush to peek through,” says Gene. “It creates more of a veiled look.”

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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