Applying blush is just as difficult as liquid eyeliner – the possibilities are endless and you really only learn through trial and error! With a variety of shades readily available and a number of tutorials telling you best to apply your blush, but do they ever take into consideration your face shape?
If you talk to any makeup artist, they’ll tell you there isn’t a right or wrong way to apply a blusher. It’s all about studying your face, and applying it in a way which will contour your entire look.
If you have a long face, the best place to apply the blush is on the apples of your cheeks. Concentrate the product in this area (with a gentle hand), and blend out towards the temples. Use a fluffy brush to achieve a flawless finish, and choose a colour which corresponds with the rest of your makeup.
The oval face is slightly round and in good proportion when compared to a long face, so you can actually just apply the product straight onto the centre of your cheeks. Don’t blend upwards into the hairline, since this can sometimes look too harsh for an oval face.
Contour your prominent cheekbones with a light pop of colour, and blend lightly with a stippling brush. This will help to balance out the rest of your face, and will take the focus off the pointy jawline.
A round face sometimes requires a little more contouring, so don’t make the mistake of applying blush directly onto the apples of your cheeks. Apply the blush into a triangle under the angles of your eyes, blending the product outwards into your hairline.
While a powder can often look harsh on a rounder face, you might want to try a cream blush which is also easier to apply for beginners.
A stronger jawline means that the blush doesn’t need to be applied in a circle on the cheekbones. Instead, concentrate the product in a light rectangular area under the eyes, and blend into both the hairline and sides of the nose.
Draw attention to the bottom hair of your face, which is often characterised by a strong jaw and slightly pointed chin. Apply the blush directly on the cheekbones, and sweep the product towards the ears for a natural look.