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Blushing techniques for different cheeks

Perfecting the blush on game is a tricky business. Nail it and you’ll end up with dainty rosy cheeks or an overall immaculately sculpted face. On the flip side, a single too strong stroke can make you look like a clown, or worse, a bronze striped zebra. There’s no one way to apply blush on and get a guaranteed glow. There are just a lot of factors at play—face shape, skin color, and products, to name a few. If you’re still unsure whether you’re painting your cheeks the right way, read on for a rundown on the blush business.

The Color for Your Color

In today’s world of mix and match, the hard and fast rules of choosing makeup shades for your skin tone have gone out the window. Still, there are basic guides on what suits your skin.

  1. Fair skin

When fair-skinned people blush naturally, their cheeks turn baby pink. It’s a no-brainer that this is the most natural shade to mimic for this skin tone.

Try Bareminerals Ready Blush in The Faux Pas for that near-real flush.

If your fair skin has yellow undertones, enhance your natural flush with peach tones like the Vintage Peach. Or if you’d prefer a deeper shade for a more dramatic evening look, a sheer plum shade will do the trick.

Blushing techniques for different cheeks


  1. Medium skin

Medium skin almost always looks warm and toasty and needs only a little work to enhance.Go for a tinge of orange like the Pure Pressed Blush in Copper wind from Jane Iredale. If you’d like to look a little edgier, try mauve shades like Baremineral’s Secret.

  1. Dark skin

Women of color can actually hold more pigment. Deep terra cotta shades also blend well on dark skin.

Try darker shades like Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush in Charisma, which is comparable to a raisin shade.

Go get some flush on with Bareminerals Golden Gate Blush.

If you want a fiery flush, your skin can definitely handle a bright tone like Jane Iredale’s 24-karat Gold Dust in Rose Gold.

Blush Technique for your Cheek

Blush on application is not just about adding color to your cheeks. Taking note of your face shape is key to knowing where to brush that blush.

  1. Long

Not much contouring is necessary for long faces. Just apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend out to the temples. Cream blushes that you can apply with your fingers should be a daily staple for quick touch ups.

Try Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush line.

Blushing techniques for different cheeks

  1. Oval

Another low maintenance face shape is oval shape. You can blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend with a blush in a circular motion. Powdered blush is the easiest to use for this technique.

  1. Round

To add more definition and slim down a round face, start from the apples of your cheeks and blend in an angular motion towards the temples. This looks like creating right triangles that face each other from under the outer corner of your eyes. Powdered blush is definitely the way to go when contouring round faces. Check out your color choices from the Bareminerals array of powder blushes.

  1. Square

Complement your strong jawline with a simple application of your blush in a linear motion. Start a few inches from your nose and go outward in a straight line. This can easily be achieved by using either a cream or a powder blush.

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