Blush is such an important part of your makeup. It just has so much power to make you look alive, happy and radiate positivity like sunshine in winter. Our face has most of the curves and volume on our cheeks and we must use our strength wisely to highlight the right curves. That is just what celebrity makeup artists do. They focus on enhancing beauty and blush plays an important role in it. We are breaking down all the deets that you must know to make the right swoops on your cheeks!
How to pick a blush according to your makeup look?
The texture of your makeup products used in creating a particular look matters when it comes to picking the right blush. Let’s look at the texture of the blush you must opt for according to the makeup look you’re aiming for.
1. For a dewy look
Makeup texture can make or break your look. If your foundation and concealer are of a creamy finish then you must stick to a creamy blush. This will add to the dewiness of your look. You can even use creamy lipstick or lip gloss as a blush for a dewy look.
Sublime recommends Daughter Earth Nude Lip & Cheek Tint that has a creamy consistency with rich pigments. You can build it to whichever shade you’d want. The best part is they are made with a clean approach and that is a blessing to the environment, your skin, and everybody.
2. For a matte look
With a matte makeup look, you will want to stick to powders throughout. A pressed or a loose tinted powder/blush works just fine for this. Just make sure you’ve locked in your concealer with loose powder or compact dabbed all over your face. This will ensure that the products applied over the base will blend in well. As a thumb rule, just don’t apply your blush over your foundation if you’re aiming for a matte look. It has to be powder/compact and then the additional jazz like a highlighter, blush, contour, etc.
Sublime recommends Dromen & Co Pink Blush Paper. They are so handy and the paper makes it easy to apply the right amount while touching up our makeup.
3. For a natural look
This is where you want to keep it breezy for your pores. For a natural look, you want to keep it minimal. In a natural look, your aim is not to hide your flaws but just to highlight your high points. This means that a dab of blush is a must. You don’t want to go overboard and opt for a dewy blush because then it is clear that you’ve applied something. The same goes for powder-finish blush since it is pretty noticeable that you’ve applied blush. Go for a tint instead. They are watery and sit so naturally on your pores. Just a drop or two and it will give you that natural finish.
Sublime recommends Ilana Organics Beet Tint - Beetroot Pigmented Lip And Cheek Tint-5ml . Nothing excites us more than makeup that is also skincare. This tint gives a natural finish and is loaded with the goodness of AHA, Berries, Avocado, Hyaluronic Acid.
How to apply blush according to your face type?
This makes such a difference. We’ve realised after a long history of bad makeup looks that the way you apply your makeup and where you apply it can make such a huge difference. Here’s how to apply blush the right way for your face structure-
1. For heart-shaped face
Heart-shaped face can pretty much do with the standard way to apply blush i.e. on your entire cheeks. To highlight your lifted cheeks, you can further add a darker shade at the centre of your cheeks.
2. For an oval-shaped face
Swoop your blush brush just right on your cheekbones and try to avoid spreading it under the cheekbones since it can further elongate your face which is exactly what we don’t want to do. You can dab a bit of blush towards your nose too.
3. For round-shaped face
You have enough width to your face and so you must not swap it across your cheekbones but rather horizontally from the bottom of your cheeks moving upwards to your ears. Avoid spreading blush around your nose since that can make your face look rounder.
4. For a square-shaped face
The right approach for you is to swoop your blush in such a way that it won’t highlight the width of your face. Brush your blush from the apple of your cheeks and move upwards and towards your ears. The keynote is to start with the apple of your cheeks and not from around your nose. This just softens your facial angles.
5. For a long face
You might want to swoop your blush in such a way that delusionally shortens or rounds your face. Brush your blush from circles on your cheeks and in a straight line towards your ears. This will highlight your face width and cheeks.
6. For diamond-shaped face
All you need to do is highlight your facial features and you can do so by swooping blush on the top of your cheekbones, closer to your eyes. It could be like those little pink powdery clouds right under your eyes. That suits your shape!
7. For inverted triangle-shaped face
You can apply blush pretty much in the same way that a heart or an oval-shaped individual. One change that you can make is to apply a bit of contour near the hairline to give an illusion of a smaller forehead. You can do this with a peach blush too to get that sunburn/tanned effect.
8. For triangle-shaped face
You can apply blush on the apple of your cheeks and swipe it across. You can spread the blush beneath your cheekbones too to elongate your face. Make sure to not move around your nose since that can highlight the width of your face.
Which color suits best for your skin undertone?
It’s all in mixing colors when it comes to makeup. You cannot have a bright pink shade on a warm undertone because then it is not enhancing your natural blush but making it very obvious that you’ve applied layers of makeup. To avoid this, match the right blush shade that is the closest to the natural blush that you have when your crush flirts with you!
To know what your skin undertone is, check your wrist. If the visible veins are green in shade, it means you have warm undertones. Those with cool undertones will have blue visible veins. If you have a mix of both then you can opt for neutral undertones.
1. For warm undertones
Those with warm undertones will look so good with deep colors like a rich orange or a red. Of course, the intensity of warmth of your undertone could be different so you can pick shades of red and orange accordingly. For example, those with intense warm undertones can pick a dark shade of red or orange.
Sublime recommends Asa Luscious Apricot 05 Lip & Cheek Tint that’s just the right note for those warm undertones. It’s a rich orange-ish nude tinge that you can carry in day and night makeup looks.
2. For cool undertones
You might want to go for just the light shades of pink, or mauve. A little goes a long way since light shades are easy to notice so make sure you’re not overdoing your blush.
Sublime recommends Daughter Earth Vitamin-E Lip & Cheek Tint-Original Pink that is perfect for that natural flushed look. It blends easily, thanks to its texture, and is buildable.
3. For neutral undertones
Aren’t you lucky? Those with neutral undertones can play with so many shades. Every day a very natural flushed look can be achieved by a simple nude pink blush or a deep pink that is the closest to your skin shade.
Sublime recommends Asa Lip & Cheek Tint Nude Petal 06. This, we believe, sits well with both- warm and cool undertones. Plus, these are refillable which means you will generate less waste!
4. For individuals with redness/rosacea
Individuals with this skin condition know the pain that redness poses every time they want to do makeup. When it comes to blush, you don’t want to highlight your skin redness by using red or pink shades. Pick nude pink or peach shades to add some color to your cheeks and suppress the redness.
Sublime recommends Ruby's Organics Crème Blush - Peach this perfectly brings color to your face without highlighting the redness of your skin. It is so so creamy that it even brings a glow without a highlighter!
We love blush and we might skip foundation and concealer for light makeup but blush simply cannot be banished. However, one can easily end up with a clown makeup look if they don’t apply blush in the right method. Some important factors like picking a blush are your skin color, face structure, product texture. It might need a bit of practice to get blush right but you will soon get there with these tips!