Softly flushed pink cheeks have been a beauty routine staple since very ancient times. Rouge is one of the oldest historical types of cosmetics, recorded as far back as ancient Egypt and persisting through the early twentieth century. Pink cheeks create an aura of health, vibrancy, and vitality, and have long been a key element of female beauty. Nowadays, most women use blush to enhance cheek coloration.
Blush application can seem challenging at first. With too much blush or the wrong color, it’s all too easy to end up looking like a clown with red circles on your cheeks. When done right, people will hardly notice that you’re wearing blush at all, because it should look natural. When done poorly, bad blush is all too obvious.
Here are a few helpful tips for getting fresh, lively pink cheeks every day, without overdoing your blush:
- Find the right blush for you. This can take some experimentation, especially if you don’t quite have the budget for stuff from the department store counters. If you’re not sure what kinds of colors look best on you, try on a few different blushes one day at a department store. Don’t worry, you don’t have to feel pressured to buy anything! The ideal blush color depends on the tone and darkness of your skin. “Warm” skin tones and “cool” skin tones, regardless of pigmentation, look better in different color ranges. For example, some fair-skinned women look best with baby pink blush, whereas pinks with yellow and orange tones complement warmer hues of equally fair skin. Women with very dark skin often benefit from strong, bold pigments that would look out of place on lighter women.
- Choose between powders and cremes. Both powdered blush and creme blush are widely available, and it really comes down to preference. Powdered blushes tend to last longer, and can be gentler on sensitive skin that’s prone to break-outs. Cremes are more translucent, as well as less likely to settle into fine lines on your face.
- Find the perfect brush size. Blush is generally applied with a comparatively large makeup brush. However, if it’s too big, it can result in application that’s too sheer. Brushes that are too small can apply the blush too strongly, so it’s important to find the right size balance that makes your blush look best.
- Apply your blush correctly. To find the “apple” of your cheeks, where blush should be applied to look appealing and natural, make a “duck face” or “fish face.” Then, use a circular motion to gently sweep the blush onto the apple of the cheek. If you apply too much, you can dampen it with translucent powder.
- Be sure to wash and exfoliate your skin. Before getting anywhere near a makeup brush, make sure you’re washing your face correctly on a daily basis. Exfoliation removes dead skin, helping brighten your face and smooth out irregularities in your skin.
- Hydrate and eat a balanced diet. The natural pinkness of your cheeks is a sign of health. Staying hydrated and taking good care of yourself will promote the healthy blood flow that creates pink cheeks.
Following these simple guidelines will help you find and apply the best blush for you, creating a youthful, energetic look all year long.