How To Apply Blush: Your 101 Guide For The Perfect Finish

Today’s post is all about how to apply blush with tips and tricks that won’t let you behind any makeup artist!

We usually think that applying blush is simple, and it is. It is not rocket science; however, some techniques and secrets will help your blush look better and for much longer.

This article will teach you the best practices for applying blush depending on your face shape, how to make it stand up, and the best tools for flawless makeup.

You will also be able to look at the different types of blushes, be they creamy, sticky, or powdery, and decide which one will be the best for you on any occasion.

Not sure what shade to choose? Stay tuned because, in this guide, you can also find tips on shades based on your skin color.

So, let’s get started!

Blushing 101 Guide: Getting Started

You have prepared your face and applied concealer and foundation like a pro; now it is time to jump to blush.

I simply love blush. It gives us a healthy semblance and provides an excellent finish to any makeup. Often I go out wearing just mascara, blush, and lipstick.

In addition, the blush enhances the physiognomy, defining and adding value to the shape of the face. 

You will feel natural and prettier if you know how to apply it correctly.

Sometimes, it is customary to apply too much blush or just don’t follow the instructions based on your facial shape. 

One good way to get around it is to practice using it often until you find a way that pleases you.

Even if in this guide I can give you some suggestions on different ways to apply blush, you can try them all, but in the end, you will only know what works for you by trying this out, so get your instruction and go and play with it.

How To Apply Blush?

How To Apply Blush?

1. Choose the right Brush Or apply with the thinger

It is better to apply the blush with a brush or the fingers. Some say they like to use a sponge, but I don’t think this is the best method.

It will also depend on the texture of the blush you are opting to use. For example, powder blush goes well with a brush, while liquid goes better with a sponge.

2. Find your favorite texture

Despite being widely used in the powder version, other blush textures can match more with the type of makeup you want to produce. 

Compact blush, for example, is easy to apply and has a better hold. Therefore, it is ideal for those who need production to last all day.

3. Use a thin layer of blush and remove excess

Take a thin product layer with the brush and remove the excess on the back of the hand before taking it to the face. 

This way, you dose the amount and avoid too much color on your cheeks.

4. Apply the product to the upper part of the cheeks

Forget the myth that you should place the blush on the side of the face; this is the role of contour.

 To learn how to apply blush correctly, you must apply it to the apples of your cheeks and move towards your temples.

5. Spread with light circular movements

Once applied, spread it gently, with circular movements, until the product is evenly distributed over the skin.

If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 to get rosy cheeks, but be careful not to force the effect, ok?

6. Pay attention to your facial shape

Before applying the blush, analyze your facial design to make your makeup more harmonious.

  • Oval face: the product needs to be applied diagonally, below the cheekbones, and towards the corner of the lips.
  • Inverted triangle face: the rule here is to deposit the blush starting from the region close to the ears and go towards the nose.
  • Square face: the ideal is to apply it only to the apples.
  • Round face: women with this shape should use the pout trick, blending the blush on the part of the face that stands out.

Quick Tips on How to Apply Blush

  • Lightly pass the brush over one of the colors. Before applying it to the face, remove excess product on the back of the hand
  • Apply the blush on the cheekbones in upward circular motions — until you achieve the desired effect.
  • Always apply blush after finishing eye and lip makeup. In this way, you can better adjust the color intensity on the face.
  • Use the color on the fullest part of the cheekbones. Smile with your lips closed to find the right spot. For this, just pass the brush subtly, in the center of the forehead, the base and the frontal line of the nose, the center of the apple, and the top of the chin.

When to apply blush: before or after powder?

The blush gives the final touch to your makeup, generally applied after foundation, concealer, and powder. 

The idea is that he closes the makeup giving color to the face. However, this rule only applies to powder blushes, the most used and everyday version.

For liquid and creamy blushes, you can apply between the foundation and the powder, just being careful to use the powder lightly so as not to remove the color of the blush. 

This option of passing the blush before the powder is ideal for those afraid of weighing their hand in the amount of product. 

Leaving the powder to pass later, you can blend the face and soften the color of the blush on the skin, ensuring that the result is beautiful and smooth.

The Ideal Blush For Every Skin Tone

You probably have seen that there are many different types of blushes out there: liquid, cream, or powder. 

Choosing the perfect texture for your skin is worth testing the different versions of the product to identify the one with the best grip and ease of handling.

The choice of color, in turn, must be made from the harmonization with the skin tone. See below for tips so you don’t go wrong with the color based on your skin tone.

Very Light Skin

If your skin is very white, it is better to avoid brown or pink blush tones that are too open.

So, to achieve the best makeup look, it can be best to get peach or rosè tones; however, pay attention to picking suave colors that are not too shimmery.

Light Skin

If you have light skin, but it’s not too light, then you can use a tone that’s a bit darker, which will suit you very well.

In your case, you can explore with more colors and shades of blushing which is cool, right?

However, you should still try to avoid using colors that are too strong, for example, pink tones that are too dark.

A good tip is to combine shades; for example, start with a light bronze underneath and then apply another layer of pale pink.

By doing this, you will achieve a lovely, healthy look that is remarkably natural without overdoing it.

Brunette, Brown Skin

It is best to avoid terracotta shades if you have brunette or dark skin. Some great options you can try are pinkish shades that will blend really well. 

I am in this category of skin color, and I love pinkish shades that are almost red. I think they go really well with me and are natural.

Black Skin

It is best to avoid light shades of pink with a dry finish if you have black skin. The good idea is to choose stronger tones such as wine and dark bronze.

I also like beetroot tones which will look gorgeous. Just make sure to apply just enough so you will look natural.

Which texture is right for you?


There is no right or wrong here, but you make up your mind based on your necessities and the practicality of application. 

However, you should have some basic things in mind regarding your skin type.

If your skin is too oily, you will probably like the matte effect the blush powder can bring you.

If your skin is too dry, you’ll probably benefit best from the liquid and creamy blushes.

If you are looking for a quick solution to bring on the bag and use as you go to the toilet quickly, you can try the stick or baston blushes suitable for all skin types.

Nonetheless, each blush texture has its pros and cons. Take a look at their main differences and choose your favorite!

Powder Blush

Powder blush is the most popular type of blush, and you can find it in different forms, such as compact powder and loose powder.

Also, you can find compact powder blush in two or more colors in one package (color mosaic).

Ideal for all skin types, especially for young skin, and for the best application, you can use it with a blush brush.

Cream Blush

You can find cream blushes in pots and tubes and apply them with your thingers right after the foundation. 

I sometimes use it without foundation, but I find it doesn’t get held for too much time.

Cream blushes are suitable for all skin types: dehydrated and mature skin.

They are easy to apply and spread well even if you have wrinkles and lines. 

Mouse Blush

The mouse blush is similar to the creamy blush but contains a more dense texture.

Because it is more condensed and pigmented, you should apply it cautiously because it can get too strong on your skin.

This blush is very practical to bring on the bag because it won’t leak too easily, avoiding possible mess.

Liquid Blush

The liquid blush can be a little complicated to apply if you are in a rush. My tip is to drop a few dots on your finger and then use them on the cheeks.

Make sure you will blend it well and choose an excellent brand that is well pigmented because it may not be long-lasting in some cases.

With more experience, you can also apply it by dropping one or two dots of the liquid blush directly to your cheeks after the foundation.

Stick Blush


The stick blush is one of my favorite blushes as I like to have it on my bag. Sometimes I use only a tinted lip balm and a bit of blush.

I carry the stick blush in my bag every time I go to the toilet and check if I need to apply a little bit more.

It looks like a lipstick, and a nice tip is that sometimes, I use it as an eyeshadow which looks pretty and natural. I love it.

To apply it, some people like to make a little circle and then blend it well. In my case, I want to trace a short diagonal line and blend it well.  The best way to apply it is after foundation and loose powder.

Pearl Blush

The Pearl blush is very similar to the powder blush, and the application is also the same.

They look like pearls and can combine different shades, like mosaic blushes. They are typically shimmery, and the effect is gorgeous.

How To Apply Blush Final Takes

Although many women despise blush as a makeup item, some do not give up using it daily to make their makeup more vivid and hide their pale appearance. Blush enhances and enhances the beauty of the face.

Blush can restore naturalness to skin that has been worked on with foundation, concealer, and powder.

You can also use blush to shape the face and enhance bone structure and your best features.

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