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If you can’t get the blush to blend out to where you want it, use foundation, pressed powder, or loose powder to help you. If I’ve used liquid foundation, I’ll lightly feather the same brush I used to apply the foundation to help buff out the edges of the blush.  Otherwise, I’ll pat on a little colored loose powder.

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I love applying my blush with an angled contour or blush brush, blending it upwards towards my temple. To blend, I use buffing motions. I find that for more bright and pigmented blushes, using a stippling brush gives a softer appearance.

Use the right brush! It took me years to find the right brush for me, but I prefer a tapered brush (like the one from Avon) rather than a big fluffy one. It allows for more precision application.

I use a MAC 129 for my blush on the apples of my cheeks and MAC 187 for light dusting of bronzer underneath cheeks and temples. Then I use MAC 150 loose powder brush to sweep it all over my skin to blend them one more time.

I find blush can be challenging and I actually switch methods of application and even brush depending on the brand of blush I am using. With soft and ‘creamy’ style powder blushes like Tom Ford, I use a duo fibre MAC brush #128 that is shaped like a flat traditional small fluff brush. With harder style powder blushes such as Chanel Joues Contraste, I use a small stippling brush MAC #188. If I want a fresh youthful look, I concentrate the blush on my cheeks and diffuse in an outward circular fashion and very softly slightly upward towards the cheekbone. If I want a more sleek and sophisticated look, I apply blush on my cheekbones and diffuse following my natural cheekbone downwards but not on my cheeks per se.

I used to only like matte blushes, but now I find I’m more attracted to a slight shimmer as it seems to look prettier and softer on my maturing skin. I like layering blushes too. Often I will use a neutral blush such as Tarte exposed or Illamasqua Naked Rose as a base and then put a pop of brighter blush on top. It gives a nice hit of colour particularly with blushes that seem a bit too powerful on their own. I also like to layer a bit of shimmer blush over a matte blush. Illamasqua Ambition is a great neutral brown/rose shimmer. NARS Angelika is a fabulous pinky shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is a beautiful bright coral shimmer.

If I want to sculpt my cheeks, I use MAC blush in Harmony in the hollows under my cheekbones in a small triangle.

Last, but not least, with colours which I find too cool for my skin, I apply a hit of gold highlight with either Chanel Facettes D’or in Gold Fever for a slight shimmer, or Routes Des Indes De Chanel illuminating powder which is all out glam flecks of gold.

Yes, blush is one of my favourite products! teehee

I apply powder & loose blushes with a fluffy kabuki brush, and buff it around to blend it. Blush goes over any skin care product (sunblock and/or moisturizer) and under powder foundation. Liquid and cream blushes I apply by taking a dot of product on my finger tips and then tapping them over my cheeks and temples, until blended. If the foundation covers up too much color then I retouch it after applying the foundation. Contouring does not suit my face, so blush is used on the apples of my cheeks & temples, not under the cheek bones.

Don’t try to buff in a blush when applying on dry skin. The buffing motion will cause micro exfoliation makin the skin look flaky and dry. Use liquid or cream blush and pat it on with a sponge or fingers.

I tap/dab it on my cheeks with a round blusher brush, then blend out the edges with a sweeping motion once I’m happy with the coverage. I like this method as it builds the colour up really slowly and is very easy to control. tap tap tap…

when i apply my blush i like to pat color on lightly with the brush then blend. I start by putting color closer to my temples then blend it towards the apples of my cheeks. fluffier blush brushes like the mac 129 give a softer look and blend well.

Most people like to blend on the apples of cheeks and move toward the temples. I like to do the opposite. I start at the temples and blend along the cheekbone. Then I dab some on the apples of the cheek and blend in the reverse direction, so the line of color meets up eventually. When I say “line of color”, I mean the area where the blush is applied. It’s definitely not a straight line when I blend it out!

I am pretty heavy handed when it comes to powder blush. I, like you Christine, use a powder brush and powder to diffuse and blend out the blush. It works like a charm each time.

I use an angled contour brush for blush application then I blend it with a tapered kabuki brush. I contour everyday so I like to make sure that my contour and my blush are nicely blended together.

I’m still learning how to best apply blush and contour and things, but the best tip I learned was to gently pat on the color using your brush, instead of using buffing motions. You get more color that way and it’s easier to blend. Before I learned that, I could never figure out why I couldn’t get any color on my cheeks, and switched to a dense blush brush. The first time I put on blush after learning that, I had clown cheeks thanks to the dense brush! Fortunately I was able to blend it out.

i always look prettiest when wearing a cream blush applied with fingertips. i usually just pat in little cirlces with middle and ring fingers.

Always start light and build! I’m very fair and always had trouble with blush until I started using the MAC 187 (the skunk brush). It lets me start out very light and add more as needed.

Blush/contour is where I feel that I really struggle. I either don’t put on enough or I do too much.

The best tip I have is using a small dense brush head with a light dusting of powder and buffing in circles.

the NARS yachiyo brush!!! This is the only high end brush I’ve ever felt justified its price (which in canada is RIDICULOUS). It makes using really pigmented blushes (hello exhibit A) so easy to use.

I am a makeup artist and can appreciate all blush application tips such as the heart shape face, oval face, square face, but NOT the round face I see so often in diagrams. “They” recommend just two round dots of blush right on the peeks of the apples of the cheeks…the drawings do not show it being brought back toward the hairline or blended backward at all. I have an oval face and my mom has a round face. If I did her cheeks or my cheeks that way we look like clowns no matter the color. It HAS to blend back somewhat. Not just two round circles. I saw this again the other night on Refinery29 and said no no no, please no. You have to sweep backward and blend with your contour. Thanks:)

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