How-to: apply blush like a pro
Blushed cheeks are the universal symbol of youth, sex and beauty. While glowing cheeks come naturally if you’re hot, cold, exercising, or have just…ahem…had a roll in the hay, you don’t need to do any of these things to achieve them.
Beautiful cheeks are totally cheatable. Here’s how to get them…
Choose your blush
There are a range of different rouge options available, depending on the look you’re after. For radiant, healthy looking cheeks, you can’t go past bronze rouge, like Maybelline New York Expert Wear Fade Proof Blush Bronzer. If you’re looking to use rouge to sculpt and slim your face, then we’d recommend L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Duo Sculpting Blush, which has been cleverly designed to pick up both a highlighting colour and a shading colour in one easy sweep. It really is blush genius at it’s best.
Prep your skin
Apply your usual primer, concealer, foundation or tinted moisturiser before blush and allow to set and sink in for a few minutes so you’re not applying blush over a moist surface.
Get the tools of the trade
The best way to apply rouge is with a really fluffy, dense brush like the MAC Powder/Blush Brush 129. Using the little brush that comes with your blush will not produce the same professional results because a really dense, fluffy brush picks up more particles and distributes them more evenly – it’s also specially shaped to aid sweeping.
Gently dab and sweep your brush in your blush a couple of times to get an even coating across the surface of the brush. Now smile like you just won lotto! Smiling will help you to find your cheek-line. Starting at the base of your cheek-line (near your mouth) sweep upwards underneath your cheekbone toward your temple. Repeat once for a more flushed look.