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Don’t blush over your flush! How to make this crucial cosmetic work for you

If I was stuck on a desert island and I could only choose one cosmetic to have with me, I think I would choose blush. (That is, if sunscreen wasn’t an option). I think blush is an integral part of any woman’s makeup bag, no matter your skin tone, your complexion or the amount of makeup you wear. It has the ability to give you a healthy, warm glow even if you don’t have any other makeup on.

Blush is pretty straightforward, but with the incorrect application, it can make you look older, rounder or more sallow. Getting that healthy flush is as easy as understanding a few basic factors of your face. You might discover its ability to make you look slimmer and younger, too!

Tips for everyone

Blush should generally be applied in the places where you naturally flush, so next time you are hot (or have a nice little buzz on) look in the mirror to see where your face naturally turns red. Next time you wear blush, try to emulate it.

Use a small brush so you get a more concentrated application of color, and swish the brush in circles where you want to apply it.

Bound to be round 

Applying blush to the apples of your cheeks can make a round face look even rounder. To balance this shape, sweep blush along your cheekbones, extending the color out to your temples. This will contour your face, giving it more of an angle.

Don’t let your face make a square out of you

Square faces are characterized by angular jaws. which can be visually softened with blush. Wear blush a bit under the lower apples of your cheeks, sweeping color all the way back to the hairline near your ear. This cuts the angular jaw in half, making it look softer.

Do you heart your heart-shaped face?

This shape tends to be heavier at the apples, so apply blush below the apples of your cheeks and extend to your hairline. The aim here is to prevent the top half of the cheek from looking too contoured.

As versatile as the Oval Office

All women may experience a loss of fullness in our faces as we get older, but oval faces may need to battle this the most. This face shape tends to look good in all types of blush applications,  but applying blush to the apples of your cheeks and not out to your temples can soften faces that look long.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing