10 blush mistakes you don't even realize you're making
There’s more to blush than rosy cheeks. From using the wrong makeup brush to forgetting to prime the skin before application, we share the top 10 blush mistakes you didn’t even realize you’re making, below.
When it comes to makeup application, applying blush seems like a bit of a no-brainer, right? Wrong. Similar to learning how to contour, mastering a smoky eyeshadow look, or finding the best color correcting concealers to use on your skin tone, there’s an art to blush application. Luckily, you don’t need to be a makeup pro to perfect your blush application. Want to know how to apply blush the right way? Start with what not to do. We share the top 10 blush mistakes—and how to avoid them—here.
BLUSH MISTAKE #1: FORGETTING TO PRIME
Have you ever applied powdered blush to your cheekbones only to have to reapply within a few hours? Blame it on your makeup primer—or lack thereof. If you don’t already use a makeup primer in your daily beauty routine, now’s the time to start. Primers can promote longer-lasting makeup application and may even help you achieve a little faux glow, too.
BLUSH MISTAKE #2: ONLY USING POWDERED BLUSH
If you’re only using powdered blush, you’re missing out on some serious fun. From cushion compact blushes to cheek stains, to creamy blushes, there are tons of different—read: innovative—blush beauty products to help you achieve your best flush yet. What’s more? Some of these blush products double as lip colors, too! We share some of our favorites, here.
BLUSH MISTAKE #3: NOT APPLYING TO THE APPLES OF YOUR CHEEKS
Want a more natural-looking blush application? Smile big and apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks. Doing so can give your complexion a healthy-looking, rosy flush. Don’t forget to sweep your blush brush up towards your temples to create a little definition.
BLUSH MISTAKE #4: USING THE WRONG BRUSH
When applying blush, you should always make sure that you use the correct brush. Using a blush brush (vs. a foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, etc.) can make for a more even-looking application and can ultimately make it easier to blend the product in with the rest of your face makeup.
BLUSH MISTAKE #5: SKIPPING OUT ON SETTING POWDER
If you wear liquid foundation and powdered blush, you may be skipping an important middle step. Applying powdered blush on top of liquid foundation can make it harder to blend your rosey cheeks to perfection. Instead of spending what feels like forever on the blending process, dust some setting powder on the apples of your cheeks before you dust on your blush. Combining like products can not only make the blending process easier, it can help prevent streaking, too.
BLUSH MISTAKE #6: IGNORING YOUR NATURAL FACE SHAPE
When it comes to applying blush, you should always keep your natural face shape in mind (just like contouring). If you have a heart-shaped face, dusting blush on your cheekbones the same way someone with a round-shaped face would might not compliment your natural features as much. If you’re not sure how to apply blush on your specific face shape, our friends at Makeup.com share a helpful guide, here.
BLUSH MISTAKE #7: MATCHING YOUR LIPSTICK SHADE
Lipstick and blush—especially a brighter, more colorful blush—can be a fun way to switch up your daily makeup look. But, be careful not to get too matchy-matchy. Your lipstick and blush should compliment each other and come from the same color family. For example, if you want to rock a bright coral lipstick, reach for a more subtle-looking blush with hints of coral.
BLUSH MISTAKE #8: APPLYING IT OVER YOUR HIGHLIGHTER
Just like skin care products, beauty products—for the most part—should be applied in a certain order. Case in point: highlighter and blush. Adding a touch of highlighter to the high points of your face can accentuate your facial features and create the illusion of dewy skin... but, applying blush to your cheekbones after highlighter sort of defeats the purpose. Plus, if your highlighter is cream-based and you’re using a powder blush, it can be ultra hard to blend in. As a rule of thumb, always apply blush first and highlighter second.
BLUSH MISTAKE #9: YOU’RE NOT APPLYING ENOUGH BLUSH
If you’re planning on having your photo taken or want to snap a few selfies before going out with your girlfriends (hey, we aren’t judging), you might want to consider applying a little more blush than you normally would. Dusting on more blush can not only help accentuate your facial features and add dimension to your cheekbones, it can help balance out the light in photographs, too.
BLUSH MISTAKE #10: CAKING IT ON
Applying more blush than you normally would can be beneficial for photographs, but be careful not to go nuts and apply too much. Too much blush can leave your makeup looking caked on and clown-like. If you want to rock more blush than usual, be sure to check your makeup in natural light in between layering it on. When in doubt, snap a quick selfie to see how it looks.
Editor’s Note: While blush is a great way to fake a rosy glow, if you really want your face to look its best you’ll want to follow a skin care routine that will help your complexion appear more radiant…sans makeup! We share a few tips to help you go for the glow here.