How to Apply Blusher

Blusher always makes the face appear fresh and glowing with radiance. Learning how to apply blusher so you can look natural and not too made up is a skill worth learning if you want to look your best on every occasion.

Your main tools will be your mirror, a brush and your choice of blush. With these 3 tools, you can work some make-up magic.

The choice of blusher will be your most critical decision in this process. It should:
a-suit your skin color
b-work well with your skin type

The color should be slightly darker than your complexion. Do not test on the back of your hand, as it is actually going to be at least a couple of shades darker than your face unless you constantly put sunscreen on your hands too.

For day time use, a shade of blush close to your skin tone will be more than enough to help give you a healthy glow without looking too made up. If you match it with your lip gloss, you should look fresh and healthy all day.

For more dramatic evening looks, try to match the general shade of your darker lipstick.
But remember, you do not want to look too fake.

Your blush should also work with your skin type. Dry powder blushes work well for most people, until you get over age 35 and you skin might start to change. Cream blusher can give a more dewy look, but is not the best choice for oily skin.

The application of blush should be done last, after you have finished all of your eye make up and have applied any foundation and/or powder you plan to use. If you are using a powder blush, you can powder your face for a matte look.

If you are planning to use cream blush, avoid powdering so you do not get a caked look.

To apply powder blush, run your brush over the powder to pick up a small amount of color. Tap to get off too much excess and lean towards the mirror to avoid getting it on your clothes.

Face the mirror and smile. Stroke the brush from the top part of your cheek along the cheekbone, traveling upwards toward your hairline until it is blended it.

For cream blusher, put a small dab of blush on your middle finger. Dot the blush on the top part of the apple of the cheek (the fleshy part when you smile) cheek and go upwards, adding a couple of more dots. Gently blend the dots upwards toward your hairline.
Apply blush by focusing on the outer part of your face, near your hairline if you have a fuller face. Focus on the center of your face to give emphasis on your bones if you have high cheekbones.

Apply a little amount of blush down the sides of the face for a more natural and glowing look.

Avoid too much make up, especially on hot, sunny days, and if you have acne or roseacea.