A go-to beauty product for flushed, healthy glow, makeup’s unsung hero ‘blush’ instantly brightens skin and can perk up the dullest of complexion. A makeup game-changer, blush can help you fake a radiant glow and liven up your complexion instantly. Just a few swipes of the right shade of blush can elevate your makeup game. While a little bit of blush can instantly enhance your appearance and makeup, it can all easily go south if not done right. The wrong blush colour, placement and application can turn off your makeup look and can be a big makeup disaster. But worry not, if you’re new or just want to learn a little more about blush application techniques, choosing the right blush shade & formula, we have brilliant tips for you.
Back to Basics: Find the most flattering blush shade for your skintone
Pick a colour that complements your skin tone. Whether the blush is matte, shimmery or metallic, the first step is to pick the right colour. While you can pick anything according to your liking when it comes to makeup, there are a few shades and tones that can be a total hit or miss for your skin tone. Let’s go through blusher shades that are absolutely breathtaking on your skin tone.
Before we talk about skin tones, let’s go deeper and talk about undertones. To never go wrong with any makeup product, follow your skin undertone. If you have a warm undertone, you will rock warm-toned blushes such as terracotta’s, corals etc. If you have a cool undertone, lilacs, bright pinks and blushes with a cool undertone would work well for you. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who has a neutral undertone, go out and explore. Neutral, muted blushes are divine on you but you can experiment all you want. For light skin, we recommend pale pinks and lilacs. Stay away from corals and really warm tones as they can easily look too orange on you. Nude blushes with cool undertones also look great on light skin.
Medium skin can experiment with almost everything. The options are endless if you fall into this category. Apart from really pale blushes, you can rock everything. Pinks and peaches look brilliant on medium to deep skin. Red, mauve, plum and berry colours are your jam if you have a deep complexion. The only thing to keep in mind when picking blush for deep skin is to ensure the blush is rich in pigmentation. Bright colours with warm undertones also look fabulous on deeper skin tone. Warm brown blushes with a golden sheen or shimmer are absolutely divine on deep skin tone. While every skin tone has their own winning shade of blush, the true winner is a pretty peach, which a lot of makeup artists believe is a universally flattering hue.
If you’re someone who isn’t a big fan of bronzers, matte blushes in warm brown or cool-toned brown hues can also double as bronzer. They add a subtle definition to the face while keeping it fairly neutral and cheery. If you are looking for a super versatile, affordable blush that is easy to use, try the SUGAR Contour De Force Mini Blush that comes in 5 universally flattering shades to choose from. These powder blushes are pigment packed and work beautifully on every single skin tone! They’re specially formulated to suit all Indian skin tones. And what’s more? You can get the entire pick an all-in-one face palette that adds dimension and colour to your cheekbones using the incredible Contour De Force Face Palette – that comes in 3 fabulous variants that include a bronzer, blush and highlighter.
Different Formulations and Finishes: Which one should you pick?
There are three main formulations – cream, liquid and powder. And there are various finishes with matte and shimmery being the two most common. If you have dry skin, cream blushes with a little sheen would work really well for you. They’re hydrating and add luminosity to the skin, which is perfect for dry skin. If you have oily skin, powder blushes with a matte finish would be a great pick for you. Powders soak up excess oil secretion and a matte finish would work best to keep the shine at bay. Liquid blushes and tints can work well on every skin type but they’re difficult to work with. If you’re a beginner, our top recommendation for you would be a powder blush as they are the easiest to use.
Creams work very well for dry skin while powder blushes are great for oily skin. Gels and stains are long-lasting options that can work for anybody. However, there are few other things to be taken under consideration. If you have large pores or textured skin, we would recommend staying away from shimmery blushes as they can exaggerate the texture. Instead, go for a matte blush and complete your makeup look with a dewy setting mist for a glow.
How to apply blush according to your face shape
Like everything in makeup, go slow with your blusher. It’s easier to add than to take away. If you’re new to blush, pick up only a little on your brush for application and build as you go. If you apply too much without testing the blush’s pigmentation, you might ruin your entire makeup look. So take it slow and build as you go.
Smiling and applying blush on the apples of your cheeks is the easiest way to apply blush but it does not work for everyone. Blush can alter your face shape drastically and it can give you different results depending on where you apply it on your face. One of the most important things that a lot of people forget when applying blush is their face shape. Here’s how to apply it correctly and nail it every time!
Round face: If your cheeks are the most prominent part of your face and your jawline is curved, you most likely have a round face. The smile and apply method is a no-go for this shape. With a round face, there is already a lot of attention on the cheeks. The goal is to make the face a little longer. For this one, you want to start right underneath the temples of your face. Instead of starting from the apples of your cheek and going upwards, start from the top and move towards your cheek. Keep it focused on the back, almost where you would highlight and only use the leftover on your brush on the centre. Don’t go too close to your nose.
Square face: If your cheeks are somewhat kissable and your jawline is strong, you probably have a square face. For this face shape, we want to try and make the cheeks look more pronounced. Start by applying blush right on the apples of your cheeks and blend towards the top of your ears. Concentrate the product more in the center. This will add softness to your face and make your cheeks look fuller.
Heart face: If your chin is narrow, your forehead broad and your cheeks are fairly plump, you might fall under the heart face category. For this face shape, you want to apply blush in a “C” shape. Start from the apples of your cheeks and blend towards the temples. Take the colour around your temples and push towards the hairline, almost like bronzer.
Oval or oblong face: If your forehead and chin are narrow and your cheeks are moderately full, you might have an oval face. Similar to the square shape, the goal is to add more to the cheeks and make your face look wider for symmetry. Start by applying blush right on the apples and blend towards your ears.
Regardless of your face shape, if you want to make your face look more chiseled and snatched, apply blush on the highest points of your cheeks and blend towards your temples. Don’t bring the blush too close to your nose or it will make your face rounder instead of accentuating your cheekbones. This technique works brilliantly when paired with a foxy eye makeup look.