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Blush Application Techniques and Tips

Learn how to apply blush to suit your face shape or create your desired makeup look with sunkissed blush, youthful blush or a rosy glow.


When applying blush it’s especially important to even out the skintone prior to application. Creating an even complexion ensures a smooth and even base to avoid any splotchiness or uneven color and help your blush pop. As blush is essentially adding color in a warm and red tone to your face eliminating redness is the first most important step. Before perfecting your blush prep skin with Skin Feels Good Nourishing Foundation (which can also be applied as a lightweight tinted moisturizer thanks to its buildable coverage) and follow up by adding additional coverage to the areas needed with All Over Concealer – focus application on the under eyes, redness, and any breakouts to really create the perfect base for blush.

How to Apply Blush for Your Face Shape and Desired Look

Blush for a Lifted Look

To create the illusion of a lifted face strategic blush placement can help. Using an angled blush brush apply blush to the highest points of your cheekbones and blend blush in an upward motion. For even more lift try strategically applying concealer for a mini face lift and be sure to finish the look by applying Dual Finish Highlighter to the highest points of the face (tops of the cheekbones, tip of the nose, cupids bow and the brow bone)

Blush for a Sculpted Look and Defined Cheekbones

Use an angled blush brush to apply blush in a peachy or beige color in the areas where you would usually contour. Apply along the bottom of the cheekbones and blend upwards towards the cheeks. Try a subtle nude shade like Blush Subtil in French Blush or a deep shade like Keep Calm & Blush for more definition. This will help to define the cheekbones in a subtle way without looking too stark on the skin. For further definition to your cheekbones try applying a highlighter like Dual Finish Highlighter to the very tops of your cheekbones.

Blush for Fuller Cheeks and a Rosy Glow

For full cheeks and rosy glow apply blush directly to the apples of the cheeks -- this will draw attention to the very center and the fullest parts of the face. This blush technique can be especially beneficial for a youthful glow. As the attention is drawn to the fullest part of the face it prevents the face from looking hollow or sallow and instead creates a fun and youthful glow. Try blush in a pink hue (like Blush Subtil in Blush For You) to add a fun pop of color to your look.

Sunkissed Blush

If you’re looking to create a gorgeous sunkissed flush to your cheeks try applying blush for a sunkissed look. To do this choose a warm bronze, peach or coral shade like Blush Subtil in Absolutely Happy and apply blush on the apples of the cheeks and across the bridge of your nose (this will help to create a subtle summer glow) Try also taking the blush around the edges of the temples. With this strategic blush application you’re essentially applying blush to the areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit – almost like a bronzer.

Finish the Rest of Your Look

Whilst lipstick or a dramatic eye can often be enough for a whole makeup look – blush on its own usually needs a few additional elements in your makeup routine to fully look its best.

To add more definition to the face and enhance your glow add Dual Finish Highlighter to the highest points of your face. For the eyes a couple of coats of mascara can help to open up the eyes and add definition -- especially our lash lifting Lash Idôle Mascara which complements any makeup look. To complement your cheek color and blush application team your cheek color with the creamy L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lipstick or a subtle gloss with Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss.

Shop blush for a flush of color to the cheeks.

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