What is Blush and How To Apply It

What is Blush and How To Apply It

Blush is a cosmetic product that we grew up seeing on our mom’s vanity and in the handbag of every glamorous woman. But when we have it in-hand, we’re “now what?” Let’s talk about what it is, what it’s for, and how best to use it.

What Is Blush?

Blush, or rouge, is a type of makeup often applied to the cheek area of the face in order to even out skin tone or to add more color making your complexion look more healthy and vibrant. Blush can be used to make the face look wider or longer.

Like many other forms of makeup, blush originated in Ancient Egypt. There are passages in the Old Testament that mention various kinds of makeup being worn. Although blush is mostly just applied to the cheekbones, ancient people often applied it to their lips as well. Men sometimes also wore blush in this way.

This cosmetic was considered immoral to wear during the Victorian era. Pale skin was generally considered to be a fashionable indicator of status. Women who did want some color would instead typically pinch their cheekbones. Such a method is usually not recommended for modern women, because it can sometimes lead to blemish breakouts or broken capillaries.

Types of Blush and When to Use Them:

Powder Blush can be used on a your bare face or over your Blushfoundation. They are available in a wide range of colors and shades. Blush can have different finishes that range from matte to satin and illuminating. A powdered blush is usually applied with a brush. They can be easily blended out for a soft flush of color, or built for drama. When applying powder blush to bare skin, it’s wise to first use a makeup primer to give the blush something to cling to and help make it stay.

Cream or Liquid Blush can be blended on top of your foundation and is especially good on bare skin. They have more staying power than a powder and don’t need a primer to cling. They can be applied and blended with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge. Creams have a reputation of being too pigmented, but when you’re starting out with a new product, everything should be applied with a light hand, so don’t let that scare you.

Many woman prefer creams because they tend to look more natural. They appear that the color is coming through the skin rather than sitting on top of it. They are also ideal for the winter months as they’re a little more hydrating and don’t dry the skin.

How to Apply Your Blush for Your Ideal Look

Everyone tells you to smile and tap the blush on the apples of your cheeks. These are the most prominent parts of your cheeks; the parts that jut out when you smile.

This is a nice way to start. But where to apply blush, like eyeliner, differs with the shape of your face. Initially place the blush halfway on the apples of your cheeks, and brush it back and up toward, but not reaching, the top of the ears. This creates nice movement and shape. Don’t be afraid to play around with placement. Remember, it is a lot easier to add a bit of color and then build it up than it is to diffuse too much of it by blending it out. Usually, you will need next to nothing to get a nice wash of color.

Use a small to medium-sized face brush with bristles that aren’t too dense. A stipple brush is perfect. The bristles aren’t too densely packed and they differ in length, so they blend the product softly without building color too quickly. If the bristles are too tightly packed, you will run the risk of laying down too much product and you won’t be able to diffuse it as easily and the brush will keep laying down more and more blush.

Tap the brush into the pan, flick the stem of the brush to knock off any excess product. This is a good rule for anything you are applying with a brush. Lightly tap on your cheek, and then blend using soft swirling motions. Sweep the brush back and slightly up while blending. After doing this a couple of times, you will be able to determine what placement is best for the shape of your face.

If you’re not accustomed to wearing blush, you might think it looks a little weird on your face. It doesn’t, you’re just not used to it yet. Take a breath, walk away from the mirror, and come back five minutes later. When you give your eyes a rest and then take in your whole look, you’ll be surprised at how much you like it.

If you still feel like you applied too much, don’t worry! Just pop some foundation over it. If you used a powder blush, use a powder foundation to mute the color. If you used a cream blush, then a sheer layer of cream foundation will soften it nicely. Also, doing this makes it look more like your skin is naturally flushing, so it’s not a bad thing to keep in mind.  You can always remove it and start over.

What Blush Color Should I Use?

There are hundreds of articles that will tell you about warm tones, cool tones and what colors to wear and not to wear. Bottom line: If you think it’s a pretty color and you think it looks good on you, then wear it.

Whether your face has natural rosy coloring or not, blush is also great if you’re using a medium to full coverage base. Full coverage foundations are meant to mask imperfections, but in doing so, they also knock out your natural coloring, which is when you’ll reach for a blush to put it back in.

Tips to remember: A light hand is always the best place to start. A good brush is just as important as a good product. There’s no right way to do it, it’s alright to play around with placement and change things up until you find what works for you. If you think you look great, that’s all that matters.

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