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How to Apply Powder Blush

[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]

Even though not all women wear it, blush can instantly brighten up your look. But, like bronzer, going overboard with blush can result in a beauty disaster. Know ahead of time that you need to be careful not to apply too much.

Step 1: Choose your brush. If you purchase a blush that comes with one of those little compact brushes, throw it out! You need a large, fluffy brush to properly apply powder blush. Small brushes will make your blush look streaky, striped, uneven or too heavy. You want it to go on softly, evenly and blend into the rest of your look flawlessly. A large blush brush will do the trick.

Step 2. Choose your color. Be sure to choose a shade that flatters your skin tone. Blush doesn’t need to be super bright – it is usually best when subtle and natural looking.

Step 3. Dust your brush lightly in the blush. Tap the brush lightly on the side of the compact to get rid of any excess blush.

Power and Brush
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Step 4: Smile! This helps you to identify the apples of your cheeks – which is where you should apply the blush.

Step 5: Brush on the blush in a gentle circular motion focusing on the apples of your cheeks and dusting a little towards your temple. Blend well! You don’t want to look like a clown! Remember, it’s best to add a little blush at a time and layer until you find the level of color that looks best on you.

Additional Tip: Usually, blush should be applied on top of foundation. For a more subtle look, you can try applying your blush before your powder foundation.


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