Alot of you have asked us time n time again for Blush tutorials…so we thought why not try t out. I’ve never done a tute before so pls excuse me if I’ve made any mistakes..Applying blush is now 2nd nature for me and it took alot to think once more like a beginner about placement, blending, etc…I hope his helps…
This is me without blush…hence the pale looking skin..
Placement of Blush
Faces to make and not to make while applying blush
The pictures do speak for themselves but I’ve added some comments to help understand better.
- The infamous Fish Face. Although this face is mostly used for contouring, it’s also used for blush application by many. But a common mistake made is to make an extreme fish face by sucking in the cheeks way too much. What this does is make the area to be blushed seem lower than it really is. As a result, when you finish applying blush and ‘un-fish- your cheeks, the blush will look as if applied lower than required. Best is to just turn your mouth slightly sideways in Madhuri Dixit’s “Humph!’ look.
- The Happy Face. This is done to locate the apples of the cheeks. But what many people don’t realise is that when you make the smiley face, it moves the apples of the cheeks higher than they naturally are. As a result the blush color is applied lower on the face and in the end they look like their cheeks are saggy. So just make a mild smiley face and apply accordingly.
Don’t go bonkers over Blending
For starters, there are 2 ways to blend:
- Small circular motions: I use this method for blending and find it most comfortable. I just move the blush in small circular motions from the apples of my cheeks to the temples.
- Tick mark shape (think Nike logo): Many say not to use this method while blending but there are many people who prefer this method. I think it’s more just about what one is comfy with.
Also, never press the brush to hard against your skin. The blush won’t blend at all and will just look like a gash of concrete color on one area of your face. Move the blush softly on your face and blend till it looks natural…Beware of overblending though…The usual method of identifying whether you’ve gone overboard is when you look in the mirror and feel like the blush is giving you an almost burnt look. If you feel the edges are waay to harsh, take a clean brush and brush along the edges..You can even use your fingers instead.
Applied too much blush? Not to worry…
If you feel you’ve applied too much blush and it looks gaudy, don’t worry…A foolproof method to lighten it is to dust some compact/finishing powder over it. Depending on just how overboard I’ve gone, I use either Maybelline Dream Matte Compact (for when I overdo it too much) or MAC MSF Natural or Kryolan finishing powder for when I need to lighten it a tiny bit.
Brushes to use
For powder blush
For cream blush
Here’s how I look after applying blush…I love how fresh I look after applying blush..Its as if it breathes life into me!
Hope this post would help all of you understand about blush and its application.