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How to Apply Blush 101 – Guide & Hacks



How to Apply Blush

Hand’s up if you’ve ever gone over the top with your blush? Maybe made it a little too red or pink, perhaps? Well, here are some tips to get your blush application down pat, most importantly to make sure you look blushed and not flushed.

Powder Blush Application:

Powder Blush Application

– Powder blush should be applied with a natural/animal hairbrush. An angled blush brush will work best for the most precise application. It should be applied to the apples of the cheeks, so smile when applying to make them more pronounced, very quickly after blend upwards and downwards for a more natural-looking application of color.

– The best way to find your correct blush tone is by pinching your cheeks. Whatever color they turn is the color your blush should be, or what color they are after a workout.

– Before applying blush, apply a translucent powder on the cheek area. This will give a smoother application.

– Apply translucent powder to the cheek area before applying blush for a smoother surface.

– Blush tends to fade within a couple of minutes, so apply a bright pink color over the top for the best-looking application.

– Even though it’s not bronzer for a sun-kissed glow, you can apply a little to the forehead, the nose, and the tip of the chin.

– If you’ve got a very round face, apply blush in two horizontal lines on your cheeks. This will make your face appear slimmer.

– Always use less blush than you think you will need.

– If you’ve applied too much blush, use a duo fiber stippling brush to take off some of the colors as it absorbs the product well.

Cream Blush Application:

Cream Blush Application

– Cream blush should be applied with your fingers and then pressed into the cheeks, then blended with your fingers. The warmth of your fingers will help to move around the product and make sure that it ‘melts into the skin. However, you can also use a synthetic powder brush, stippling brush, or foundation brush for a more precise application.

– The best way to find your correct blush tone is by pinching your cheeks. Whatever color they turn is the color your blush should be, or what color they are after a workout.

– Set cream blush with a light-colored blush or a translucent powder for longer staying power.

– Apply cream blush can also be applied with a synthetic powder brush for a more intense application.

– Apply cream blush very lightly; otherwise, it can look heavy.

– If you’ve applied too much blush, use a duo fiber stippling brush to take off some of the colors as it absorbs the product well.

Our Favourite Blushes:

These blushes are absolutely lovely. They are extremely pigmented and blendable and give a gorgeous natural flush of color to the cheeks. They suit just about all skin tones, easily melt into the skin, can be a little tricky to get the hang of applying at first if you don’t know what you’re doing, but practice really does make perfect.

Many people talk about this product and how good it is. Therefore you certainly should give it a try. After moisturizing and letting it sink in for a while, apply this product.  It will leave your skin with a gorgeous velvety feel and won’t make your skin shiny.

This product is amazing for all skin types. It will seriously make your makeup last from 9-5 and even longer. So if you’ve had a long day and plan on going out in the evening, you don’t have to worry that your makeup’s not up to scratch.

We honestly cannot rate this product enough, and it is now one of our favorites without a doubt. The other great thing? The product is completely paraben-free.

A few other favorites of ours include

Revlon PhotoReady Prime Plus Primer, Napoleon Perdis’s Auto Pilot Pre-Skin foundation primer/Face Of Australia’s Face Base, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer)

How to Make Your Makeup Last

makeup last

How do I make my makeup last? A question that you may ask yourself almost morning. Getting your makeup to last from 9 till 5, if not longer, can be a hard task. With so many things promising to give you long-lasting results, how do you really know they are going to work?

Not many of us can necessarily afford to go out and spend $40 on a new primer each time a product we’ve tried before hasn’t worked. So here’s a couple of hints, tricks, and products that we have found to really make your makeup last. 

– Start by moisturizing your skin after cleansing and ensure you leave it to sink in for a good 5 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can lightly absorb some of it with a single ply of tissue.

– A primer is absolutely essential for making your makeup last. It gives the makeup something to stick to and absorb into other than your skin. The amount of primers out there is crazy. There are so many, but really, which one’s actually do make your makeup last? Not only is your skin type a contributing factor, but your preference, age, and finish are too. Our pick of the bunch for all skin types is:

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Oil-free primer

– Don’t wet your skin before applying makeup. This is a common practice that many people do, but applying makeup to wet skin causes products like primers and moisturizers to lightly wash off, so they are not as effective and can’t do their job properly.

– Use long-wearing makeup. So many companies carry their own long-wearing makeup range, which includes products like foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, powder, lip colors, eyeshadows, eyeliners, and more.

– Powder set’s cream products. Setting your makeup with a translucent powder that is yellow toned (white toned if you are extremely pale) will make your makeup last much longer, whether it be your foundation, your lipstick, concealer, or that cream eyeshadow you love powder will ensure it lasts longer. When setting your foundation, use a brush if you have dry/combination/normal skin and a powder puff if you have oily skin.

– Never apply too much makeup. Applying too much makeup can cause your makeup to ‘slide off’ your skin. This is because it turns into something that is almost ‘bound together’, which makes it easier to move.

– Control oil. Ensure you try to control your oil well. Too much oil can cause makeup to ‘disappear’ or slide off. Oil blotting papers can help with this. I recommend using natural ones that are free of chemicals like parabens, titanium dioxide, etc. Boscia and Sephora collections are great ones to look out for.

How to deal with redness

Some days some of us are just a little angry (well, our skin is anyway!), so how do we actually correct this redness? Well, it’s not by caking on concealer or makeup, that’s for sure. Blushing is cute, but not when it’s all over your face! Often green is always used to counteract redness, so here’s a couple of tips to get you out of the ` I’m Miss angry look `.

  – Allergic Reactions.

Many people have reactions on the skin due to ingredients in cosmetics and skincare. Redness is one of the big giveaways, so if you think a product you are using irritates, you stop using it. Generally, harsh chemicals like SLS/SLES, parabens, petrochemicals, and sodium hydroxide cause the most irritation, so opt for natural products that are free of these chemicals. Also, opt for soothing gels and skincare.

  – Start with a green primer.

Many makeup brands carry color correcting primers. They are possibly the best option as they reduce the look of redness without looking cakey and make your makeup last long, just be sure not to use too much, or people might think your Little Miss sick!

TRY: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Studio Perfect Primer – Green (Color-Correcting), Vegan Formula, Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer.

  – Anti Redness concealer.

Concealer is the best product to cover redness if it is only in a small area or you need a little touch-up. Generally, green concealers work best at reducing the appearance of redness, although they do need a concealer that’s the same color as their skin placed on top; otherwise, you can look green. However, there are also many brands out there that carry a concealer that matches your skin tone while hiding redness. TRY: Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector, Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer in green.

Anti Redness makeup.

If you’re still a little red, you may like to opt for some makeup designed to hide redness. Brand’s like clinique carry these and are fragrance-free for those with sensitive skin types. They generally offer concealers, powders, foundations. Mineral makeup is great for those with red skin too.

Go to a dermatologist.


If your constantly red all the time, you may have a skin condition called rosacea. If you do have a tendency to go red, it’s recommended that you try to take some preventative measures now, like avoiding things that trigger off the skin like intensive exercise, coffee, tea, and spicy foods. Try to use calming gels and mineral makeup

Dark circles.

Put your hand up if you’ve ever had dark circles? That’s what I thought just about all of you, yes? Whether they be slightly faint or really dark, we must all admit we sit there trying to cover them up with way too much concealer. So here’s a couple of tips to well.. at least hide them.

– Use a light eye cream the second you wake up. This will help to fade dark circles but make sure you wait at least 15 minutes before applying any makeup to the eye area. For best results, use a brightening eye cream like Origins Gin Zing Refreshing Eye Cream.

If you have extremely dark circles, use a corrector before concealer in a peach or pink tone and follow a yellow-toned concealer.

– Make sure you are using a peach, yellow, or orange-toned concealer.

– Orange is the best way to correct grey and blue, so mix a tiny amount of orange in with your concealer, and apply. For best results, use lipstick as they have creamy hydrating properties.

– Your concealer for dark circles should only be 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation, and if it makes them look grey, it’s too light.

– Use a good high-quality concealer. Brands like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier carry little sets that contain a powder and a concealer to help hide your dark circles.

– Apply your concealer over the top of your foundation. Generally, your foundation hides imperfections a bit, and if the concealer is put underneath, it can rub off.

– Make sure you use a concealer that’s the same shade as your foundation over the top.

– Apply your concealer with a brush but blend it in with your ring finger, preferably in a patting motion, as the warmth of your fingers will help to smooth it onto the delicate skin and look more natural.

– Set your concealer with a blending eye brush and a yellow-toned (White toned if you are extremely pale) translucent powder. This will help it to stay in place.

– Also, ensure you get a good night’s sleep, so avoid eating hot and spicy foods and instead opt for things that contain ammonia acids, like milk, cottage cheese, and chocolate.

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