5 Easy Tips For Natural Looking Blush

August 03, 2021
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Get Natural Looking Blush With These 5 Easy Tips

A bright blush can be intimidating, but the right application technique makes it easy to achieve a natural-looking flush. It’s all a matter of experimenting with blush placement, like whether you prefer the product on the apples of your cheeks or your cheekbones, and textures, like powder or serum formulas. Keep reading for our tips on how to make your blush look more natural.

Use a Fluffy Brush for Powders

It’s important to choose your tools wisely when applying blush. Round, fluffy brushes are ideal for evenly blending out a pigmented powder. We recommend the IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Flawless Blush Brush. If you’re using a creamier product, your fingers are a secret blending weapon. 

IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Flawless Blush Brush

Tap Off Excess Pigment


Remember that a little goes a long way with highly pigmented products. Dip your brush into the blush compact and tap off any excess before application. Use light, sweeping motions across the cheek for sun-kissed skin. Work the blush outwards until you get a diffused finish. If you accidentally get a little heavy-handed, blend again with a clean brush, or add a dusting of translucent powder to soften the color.

Placement Is Key


Experiment with what you prefer on your face shape. If you have a round or square face, you might like the draping technique, or placing blush on top of the cheekbones to elongate them. If you have a long or oval face, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks (the roundest parts when you smile) to add subtle width. 

Experiment With Textures


If you’re a total blush newbie, a serum or cream blush is probably best. The formulas offer a sheer wash of color that you can dab on with your fingertips or a sponge. We love the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Cheek Serum for a bronzy, sun-kissed glow. As for creams, the Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush melts into the skin and comes in six flattering shades, from apricot to berry. 

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Cheek Serum

Add Highlighter


If you want a matte finish, then you can pack up your brushes until next time. But, if you’re aiming for a glowy look, grab some highlighter to accentuate a healthy glow. We love the Kaja Mochi Glow Bouncy Highlighter. Dab the powder on the high points of your face for added dewiness.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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