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Old 07-Aug-2012
Applying Blush

Blush is often the last cosmetic to be used on face while doing makeup. The method of applying blush differs with the facial shape and the right application of blusher can make your face look longer or wider, as desired. Here are some tips to use while applying blush:
  • A little shimmer on the highest point of cheekbone near eyes lends you an instant sexy look.
  • Accentuate the cheekbones by using a slightly darker shade there while blending it down the cheek for a more natural look.
  • Clean blush brushes are very important to avoid bacteria transfer in skin and thus, one should clean them with non-soapy cleansers and baby wipes.
  • Cream blush can be blotted off using a tissue while applying translucent powder can dilute powder blush. However, gel and liquid blush have to be washed from face and the makeup has to be redone.
  • Cream blush can be used on lips for sheer and soft color and should be applied using the fingertip.
  • Dusky pink blush warms and freshens up the face, especially on the tendons below the ears, but blush on chin may not look good, if your neck is lighter than your face.
  • Frosted blush may not be a good idea after all and frost on lips or eyes are more in fashion during night parties. Still, you can get that look by applying a light colored frosted eye shadow or lipstick such as gold, silver, light pink, peach, champagne and beige on the top of the cheekbones. Frosted highlighting powder is also available in the market to be used on any part of your face.
  • Gels and liquids are best to get rosy cheeks but since they stain the skin be sure to wash your hands after applying them.
  • Gels are dabbed as dot on apple of the cheek and two smaller dots on cheekbone and rubbed in small circles to blend them well all the way from cheeks to hairline.
  • Make the face look wider, by looking straight into the mirror and applying blusher on the cheekbone from under the center of the eye to the temple. Suck in cheeks and use the darkest shade in the hollow making a 'C' shape up to the temples but not higher than eyebrows. Use lighter shade on top of cheekbones and stop before the under eye area. You can add a little lush on tip of the nose, forehead and chin.
  • Never use blush on underside of cheekbones.
  • Often the small blush brush that comes with the cosmetic is of no use. A full round brush gives a professional look and make the overall look softer and more desirable. It is important to have separate brushes for the blush and the powder.
  • Powder blush should always be applied in one direction to avoid streaking.
  • The best method to apply a blush is to take the blush on the brush and tap off any extra color in the box itself. Alternately, if you are using gel or cream blush, put a dab of it on your fingers.
  • The best shades are warm, golden browns than cool, grayish browns, especially when used as cheek contour.
  • To find out the actual position of the apple of your cheek, look into the mirror and smile and then sweep the brush upwards in an arc from your cheekbone to your hairline. Color should be light and well blended.
  • To make the face look longer, focus your blush on the outer area of the face and near your hairline. Suck in cheeks and use the darkest color in the hollow making a 'C' shape, no higher than eye on side of face. Use lighter shade on top of the cheekbones and below your darkest blush shade to help slim down the face. Apply lighter shade on apple of the cheeks and chin.

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