How to Apply Blush

Two Parts:PreparationApplication

Blush helps make your beautiful face glow and look lovely. Application is fairly straightforward, though it's important to avoid overdoing the look.

Part 1

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    Choose your blush type. Powder and gel blushes are good for oily skin; cream is best for normal to dry skin. Whichever type you choose, its shade should match your natural coloring, so try to pick one that reflects your colour when you blush normally
    • Select a color that will accent your existing best facial features and that won't stand out too much. Bright red may not look great on a pale person but can be terrific on a bronzed brown skin tone.
    • If you're pale, try a soft pink color or maybe even something with a little tan and pink in it.
    • Depending on your skin tone, you might need a lighter or a darker color. Dark skin needs a lighter color, whereas light skin may need a more natural color such as brown or tan.
    • It is suggested that to select the right color of blush, make a fist for about ten seconds, and the resulting color on your fingers is the color that you want to match.
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    Purchase some quality blush brushes. A blush brush is the best choice; never use a small, cheap brush. If you use a cheap brush, you'll have a cheap looking result. Avoid makeshift items such as cotton wool balls or powder puffs as these do not work well with the pigment in the blush.[1]
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    Provide for a well lit space when adding your blush. Consider obtaining a lighted makeup mirror which will help emphasize your features and clarify what you are doing. Prepare prior to doing your makeup by washing your face, brushing your teeth, and putting on any foundation, cover-up, and bronzer that you regularly use.

Part 2

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    Apply blush once you've applied all your other makeup.
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    Prepare. If you’re using a powder, lightly sweep a medium-sized fluffy brush through the blush and then tap it to remove any excess. If you’re using a cream or gel, dab a little on your ring finger.
    • Start with just a little blush — it’s easier to add more to your face than to take off too much of it.
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    Do a fish face, and apply the blush. This help you find the apple of your cheeks. Don't smile, that bring your cheeks up, and can make your blush too low [2]
    • The apples are the round rises where you naturally flush, as shown where the model's brush is resting.
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    Apply the blush to the center of the apple on one side of your face, blending the color along your cheekbone. If you’re using a cream or gel, dot the color first, then use your finger or a makeup sponge to blend it in. For the most natural look, always concentrate the color on the apples of your cheeks and blend well. And before blending, always dust off the excess to avoid excessively rosy cheeks.[3]
    • Make strokes with the brush from your cheeks (towards your nose) to the side of your face (towards your ears). Try not to make diagonal lines, as these won't appear natural but will risk being clown-like. Excess product can be blended toward the ear from the middle of the eye.[4]
    • Use a clean brush for blending.[5]
    • Brush downward at the end of blending, to allow the facial hairs to lie smoothly on your skin's surface.[6]
    • For a more youthful look, make sure to apply the blush on each side no lower than your nostril and no closer to your nose than your pupil.
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    If you accidentally apply too much powdered blush, cover it with translucent powder to tame the color. Excess cream can be blotted with a tissue. If you overdo it with a gel, wash it off and reapply sparingly.
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    Repeat on your other cheek, taking care to match the placement and color of the blush on both cheeks. Aim for symmetry.
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    Dust your face with a translucent powder to set your new look. The translucent powder brings inner warmth into the cheeks.[7]
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  • Blush emphasizes the redness of broken skin and pimples, even over foundation and concealer, which further aggravate irritated skin. If you have broken out, forgo blush and all other powders and creams until your skin calms down (washing your face with cleansers and applying moisturizer morning and night). Don't sweat looking imperfect while you heal.
  • Just be confident in yourself and you can choose how you want your blush to look so have fun and express yourself!
  • Use a large, quality brush.
  • Make sure blush and lipstick are similar in color value. That is, even if you are going light on the lips and heavy on the cheeks or vice versa, wear corals with corals, etc.
  • Play with the blush a little. You will see where you want to get a little more pink on your face if you do it a few times. You can always remove what doesn't work.
  • Do not put on an excessive amount of the blush.
  • Make sure you use a clean brush, otherwise the colors might clash.
  • Using an angled brush can help apply blush better.
  • Take red or pink lipstick that suits your skin color and use it on your cheek. Make sure it is not too oily when you apply it.
  • To create killer cheekbones for the catwalk, makeup artists often employ a three-step technique. In addition to applying blush to the cheekbone, they highlight the area above it and contour the area below. This technique is based on the laws of light and shade, and helps emphasize the facial bone structure.[8]
  • Use blush according to your skin and hair color:
    • Blond and ginger hair with olive complexion - blush of oranges tones.
    • Dark and auburn haired with fair complexion - pastel blush, called powdered.
    • Pale or grey skin - salmon, coral or pink blush.
    • Bright ginger hair or wheat blond hair and radiant complexion - peach and golden brown blush.
    • Dark and almost brown skin - plum, fuchsia or chocolate blush.


  • Putting too much blush on can make you look like you are just a big red face. Everything in moderation!
  • Don't rely on make-up to make you beautiful. Remember, real beauty comes from the heart and you will always be beautiful inside and out
  • Try not to get blush in your eye(s).

Things You'll Need

  • Blush - powder, cream, or gel
  • Quality applicator brush, one for application, one for blending
  • Translucent powder
  • A mirror
  • A makeup sponge (optional)
  • A tissue (optional)

Sources and Citations

  1. Rosie Watson, Make-up: The Complete Guide to Professional Results, p. 95, (2007), ISBN 978-1-84537-720-5
  2. Rosie Watson, Make-up: The Complete Guide to Professional Results, p. 95, (2007), ISBN 978-1-84537-720-5
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