Written by Emily McBride (last updated September 14, 2022)
Blush is a type of make-up that has been around for centuries. Other names for blush are rouge and blusher. Women over the past century have used blush to give a healthy or a dramatic color to their faces. Another goal of using blush is to emphasize the cheekbones. Traditionally, blush is usually a talcum-based powder that is applied with a brush specifically made for applying blush. However, many other kinds of blush exist today, like liquid blush, cream blush, and bronzer. Powder blush works best for women with oily or combination skin. If you have dry skin, you may want to use cream blush instead.
Blush comes in many colors and shades, ranging from nude to brown to pink to red. Dramatic colors of blush are usually reserved for eveningwear. If your blush is too dramatic, it may look like you are trying to dress up like a clown! It's best to use make-up to accentuate your facial features—not overshadow them. If you are using blush during the day, choose a color that is not too different from your skin tone. One good way to figure out what color to use is to look at your cheeks when they are flushed after you have been exercising or after you have been in a hot shower or steam room. Choose a shade that's close to that color. Most often, the best way to pick a color of blush is to test out different shades.
After you have chosen the shade of blush that you want to use, make sure you have a good blush brush. If your blush came with a small, flat brush, don't use it. Instead, look for one that has a long handle to allow you to better angle and control your brush strokes. Also, look for soft fibers. Once you have chosen your blush and brush, it won't take you long to get rosy cheeks.
First, smile in the mirror. Look for the "apples" of your cheeks (it's the part that sticks out the most). Focus applying your blush on the apples of your cheeks. Keep the color light so that it blends in with the rest of your face. Look at both of your cheeks to make sure you have applied your blush evenly on both sides. If you feel that you have used too much blush, you can either blot some of it off with a tissue or use some translucent powder to even it out.
Take the time to use a little blush! It doesn't take very much time, but it does wonders for your face.
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