Roses are red, and so are you cheeks: What are the common mistakes when applying blush?
There are a few common mistakes you could be making when applying your favorite flush but wrong pick color could turn your look into unpredictably awful. So, avoid the following blush blunders and know what to do instead.
MISTAKE #1: PICKING THE WRONG COLOR AND FINISH
It’s important to pick a blush that suits your skin tone and texture. If you have uneven tone or blemishes or large pores, for example, a blush with shimmer or glitter may draw attention to unevenness. In these cases, a matte blush could be a better choice.
When it comes to deciding on color, try to find a shade that mimics your natural flush. If you have fair skin, a pale baby pink will look best. Medium-toned skin can rock subtle berry blush, while olive skin will look lovely in warm peach hues. Darker skin tones can go bolder, deep plums and reds will work well with your complexion.
MISTAKE #2: PUTTING CREAM OVER POWDER
If you’ve already put powder your face, be sure not to add on a cream or gel blush, as this can create a muddled-looking mess. Always pair a powder foundation with a powder blush. Creams, meanwhile, can be worn successfully on bare skin or on top of cream or liquid formulas.
MISTAKE #3: ADD ON POWDERS OVER LIQUID FOUNDATION
Putting a powder over the liquid foundation can also end up not looking so great. If you’re wearing a liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream don’t add powder blush directly on top. Use a cream blush instead, or stick with powder but set your base first with a setting powder. If you skip this step, the color may end up patchy and cause the rest of your makeup to shift.
MISTAKE #4: NOT UNDERSTANDING YOUR FACE SHAPE
How your face is shaped should dictate how you apply blush. If you have a square-shaped face, blush will look best applied only to the apples of your cheeks, which can help soften a strong jawline. If you have a round face, place blush along your cheekbones for a slimming effect and to help add definition to the cheeks. If you have a narrow face shape, you can place the blush with horizontal blush application. And if you’re heart-shaped, you should apply blush underneath cheekbones to help distract from a sharp chin.
MISTAKE #5: PLACING BLUSH IN THE WRONG SPOT
Where you put your blush on your face really does matter. In most cases, the product should be centered, starting next to your ear and sweeping forward towards the apples of your cheeks. Blending too high, low, or close to your nose can risk looking ruddy. Going too low can also make you look older. Focus blush on the sides of the face and blend inwards, as this can help create a natural-looking flush.
MISTAKE #6: APPLYING TOO MUCH
Be careful not to apply overboard with blush! Putting too much will create a very "fake" look than natural look. Using a sheer blush, simply brush it on in light strokes. Always check your blush in different light before leaving the house to find out if you’ve overdone it. If you have a window that lets light in, sunlight is the best reality check for your makeup. If you realize you took it a step too far, blend out with a touch of translucent powder.
MISTAKE #7: NEGLECTING YOUR CHEEKS DURING MAKEUP
The power of adding blush to your face can instantly make you look more alive and vibrant! Enjoy!!