blushMaybe you’ve never thought about it, but blush is one of the most important makeup tools that we have. With blush you can make your face appear thinner or fuller, longer or rounder.

It is all about light and shadow. Dark colors camouflage, while bright colors accentuate. The place where you apply the blush is very important. Your choice of color changes your look. As a general rule, dark colors makes you look older, while a lighter color makes you look younger.

What is your face shape? What do you want to correct?

Before you work with blush, you’ll want to ask yourself what you want to achieve. Do you want to correct the shape of your face, look younger or older, or use your blush only to create a healthy look?

A few quick tips:

  • Dark blush on either side of your face will give you a feminine look
  • Pink blush on both your cheeks results in a fresh-faced look
  • Bronze powder on your cheeks, forehead and chin (but not all over your face!) is ideal for a healthy look

Blush is best applied with a brush Apply little by little. Remove excess powder on your brush by blowing it or by rubbing it lightly on the back of your hand.

If you want to accentuate cheekbones (for example, because you have a round face do not apply the blush on the cheekbones themselves but on either side of your face. Work inwards from the outside. Do not round faces, but work diagonally (from your ear toward the tip of your nose). Keep to the outer end of your eyebrow.

If you have a long face and you want it to appear fuller, bring the blush to both your cheeks.

Be aware that color choice is very important. Dark blush makes you look older. Pink blush creates a more playful (baby-face) effect and makes you look young.

If you have a healthy tan, you can exclude bronzing powder. Also remember that you can correct the shape of your face so do not apply the powder haphazardly over your entire face. The rule for applying bronzing powder is: dot areas where the sun usually browns the skin. These are the good parts of your face: cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.

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