Blush is to the cheeks what kajal is to the eyes—both have the power to enhance your look and how! A sweep of blush can totally brighten up your entire face, add a rosy glow to the cheeks and make your complexion look more healthy and vibrant. And do you know what the best part about applying blush is? Unlike contouring and highlighting, you don’t really have to worry about mastering a complex technique or staying inside of any lines. It’s fuss-free and easily achievable, even by a makeup rookie.
On one hand, blush can add more glamour to a full-face makeup and on the other, it can be used as the only product to amp up a boring outfit. So, yes, there’s no reason whatsoever to give up on this miracle product in your vanity!
But, there’s more to applying blush than just dusting it on. Yes, you read that right! We usually never think of changing the placement of blush, however, carefully placed blush can manipulate the appearance of your face shape without much effort.
Here are five different ways of applying blush… yes, FIVE! Find out what’s best for you.
Applying blush underneath the eyes, just above the apples can be extreme for some, but it can work wonders on small or round faces. It can give a youthful appearance and at the same time, make a small face appear a little longer. This method of application is popular in Japan. If you want to give it a shot, then start off with very little product and blend it into your eye makeup (that is on the lower lids).
Got a long chin? Blush can do the trick in keeping your look balanced. You’ll be surprised to know that applying blush a little lower, just below the apples of your cheeks can give the illusion that the apples of your cheeks rest a bit lower than they actually do. It elongates the upper part of the face, evening things out.
Here’s a trick to make you look absolutely doll-like! If you have a square-shaped jawline or want to soften your bone structure, apply blush on the centre of your cheeks in small, circular motions. This will not only have a rounding effect on your face, but also make your eyes look wider.
Also known as contour blush, and more popular as the blushadow trend, outer blush is becoming more and more wearable, thanks to celebrities. This technique can draw focus on the center of the face, especially if you have a wider face. Going OTT can make you look like you just stepped out of a red carpet event, whereas, a little bit can subtly add structure to your face without having to master the art of contouring.
Get this straight—if you want your cheeks to make a statement, avoid playing up any other feature of your face. Give your eyes and lips a miss and focus only on the cheeks. By applying blush outside the typical blush lines, you’re shortening as well as shaping your face significantly. So, this technique can work like magic on those with large or long faces.
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