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How to Apply Blush

Deepa Kartha
Many women consider applying blusher to be the most difficult task in the overall makeup procedure. So, if you are looking for the proper way of applying blush, here are some tips that you can follow.
Blusher is something that most women avoid, as an incorrect application can ruin the whole look, and make you look clownish. However, applying blusher gives a finishing touch to the overall makeup. Hence, it is important to know the appropriate way of wearing blush after completing the rest of the makeup.

Selecting the Correct Blusher

Before we try to understand this procedure, it is important to know about the different types of blushers available in the market. To be able to apply the blusher properly, one must select a product that suits one's skin type, as well as skin tone. Hence, let us take a look at the different types of blushers one can choose.
Type of Blusher: Blushers are available in three forms - cream, powder, and liquid. The powder form is most commonly used by women, as it is very easy to apply. The type of blush should be chosen according to your skin type. If you have dry skin, cream blushes are the best option, as they contain moisturizing agents. On the other hand, powder blush is best for people who have oily skin. Apart from that, liquid as well as gel blushers are suitable for those with an oily complexion, as they dry soon after application.
Color of Blusher: Once you have chosen the type of blusher, the next step is to select is the blush color. It is important to choose a color that suits the occasion, as well as the time of the day. For instance, the blush color for day makeup should be light, preferably a shade that is closest to your lip color.
Usually, the best color would be one that the cheeks attain after exercising. To figure this out, you can pinch your cheeks and opt for a shade that matches with the color of the cheeks. On the other hand, for a dramatic evening look, a darker tone will look good.

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If you have a fair to wheatish skin tone, colors like pink, rose, pale rose, tan, coral, etc., will look good. However, if you have a tan skin tone, it will be best to use a tawny brown shade.
Blusher Brush: Another important thing that one has to keep in mind before applying the blusher is the type of brush used. Most blushers have a thin brush as an accompaniment. However, to apply the blusher perfectly, it would be best to use a soft brush that is rounded on the top. Choose a brush that is medium-sized, and made of natural fibers. People often use a powder brush for applying blusher. This should be completely avoided, and it is better to invest in a good blusher applicator.

How to Apply Blusher

A little amount of blush on the cheekbone can add a glow to the face. However, a common mistake most make while applying blush is that they wear too much of it. The important thing to remember is that application of blusher should be minimal. Before applying the blusher, make sure that you apply foundation, as well as little powder on your face. Gently swirl the brush on the blusher so that the tip of the brush is evenly coated.
Take a tissue paper and tip off some of the excess powder from the brush. Once you have done this, look into the mirror and smile. Focus on the apple of your cheeks i.e. the area of your cheeks that stand out when you smile. Lightly apply the blusher with swift upward strokes (towards your hairline) on the apple of the cheeks as well as below it. Apply till you get the shade that you want.
To ensure that your blusher does not give you an overdone or a heavy look, do not forget to check your reflection in adequate light. In the beginning, you may find it difficult to apply blusher properly, however, once you get hold of it, no one can stop you from looking gorgeous.