How to apply blusher

Monday, 23 September 2013

How to apply your blusher flawlesslyBlusher is by far one of the most underrated make-up products. Not only does it give you a healthy flush, but a sweep across the apples of the cheeks instantly brightens the complexion. It has the ability to disguise fatigue and dullness, and it’s known for creating a youthful glow. There is a shade for absolutely every skin tone, and with shades from peach, to pink, to red, to violet and plum, there’s enough variety to keep you from wearing only one shade.

So if blushers have so many benefits, why aren’t they as popular as other make-up products? We think it’s mostly due to the fact that a lot of women feel intimidated by them. One bad attempt resulting in clown-like red cheeks is enough to put anyone off experimenting. Plus, it’s quite difficult to know where exactly to apply the colour. To simplify things a little bit, we’ve put together some simple tips to help you get on your way to beautifully blushed cheeks:

Blusher is available in the form of creams, gels, tints and pencils, but our favourite is still the trusty powder blusher. It is the easiest to apply, and works best during spring and summer, as it helps to mattify the skin. We suggest investing in an angled blusher brush, as this handy tool allows you to sculpt your cheekbones easily. If you don’t have access to one of these, a medium-sized round brush can also be used.

Dip your brush into the blusher and lightly tap off any excess powder. Too much colour on the brush will give you intense colour on the cheeks, but it’s better to start with subtle colour and to build it to where you want it to be.

To apply your blusher, smile, and lightly sweep the brush across the apples of your cheeks in the form of a “tick” (so, rounded on the apple of your cheek, moving slightly upwards as you work towards your hairline). Ensure that the colour is blended well (especially towards the hairline) and that there aren’t any harsh lines. Try to keep most of the product on the highest part of your cheekbone. If the colour is too subtle, repeat this step a few times until you achieve the shade you want.

Practice is key, so the more you apply it, the easier it will become. Say hello to a happier, healthier-looking complexion in no time!

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Tanya

    Smile, Tick! Very nice, I’ll keep this in mind the next time I apply blush, thanks!

    4 years ago •

  1. Lex Gold

    Finally… I may actually be able to apply blush… hopefully!

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I will definitely be trying the ‘tick’ technique. I already have an angled brush and a colour that suits my complexion. Can’t wait to try it out!

    5 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    Cool read. Some beauty editors say different face shapes needs blusher applied to different areas but I don’t know how true that is. What I have found is that the tick trick (apt name) really works as well as tapping off excess powder. But this was after many trial and errors! What I struggle with the most nowadays is finding a blush suited to my complexion. Too peachy, too brown or too pink.

    5 years ago •

  1. beautyaddict

    I also apply too much of blush.. going to try the “tick” trick.. thanks

    5 years ago •

  1. Rosegower

    How well put! In the form of a tick! Great tip!

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Great article, it is so confusing when it comes to blush, half the experts say apply to your cheekbones, or the apples of your cheeks, the other half says underneath your cheek bones!

    5 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Thanks for sharing this great tip!! I like blusher but I’ve always been afraid of using it thinking that I won’t apply it correctly.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    You know what I love about BSA, it brings the articles that take my attention. I really think women who apply make up need to see on how to apply a blusher. I have a problem as well with applying it, but I do think that the problem has been solved. Thank you so much.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy Roos

    I have always been intimidated by putting on a blush, but I have recently found a beautiful fresh color that suits my skin beautifully. I am loving my glowing cheeks every time I apply make up. I was also recommended a great brush which works wonderfully for me. Thank you for the great advice, I will follow this by the letter.

    5 years ago •

  1. LayD

    This is great, love these how-to’s!

    5 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    Thank you for this post, I have made too many blusher mistakes in the past!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Blush is cute and when applied properly, it does wonders to make me look glowing and healthy. Great article!

    5 years ago •

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