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Bronzer tends to be the beauty product most associated with summer, as its typically used to impart a golden-looking glow. But that doesn’t mean you should overlook blush. The two products aren’t so different, really. They both can be used to add color to your face (namely your cheeks), which can in turn give your complexion a more youthful look. The major difference—bronzer really only comes in one shade (brown), while blush offers a whole lot more variety. If you’re interested in dipping your toes into the blush water, you’ve come to the right place. Here are four blush-centric makeup looks that are perfect for the summer season. Plus, learn exactly where to apply blush and get lots of blush application tips, below.
At this point, it would seem hard to believe there’s a person on the planet that hasn’t tried contouring. At the same time, though, blush isn’t often used with this particular makeup technique. That’s why we’re obsessed with the latest trend in makeup—draping—as it combines both. You may be familiar with the word draping as a technique for fashion design, but it’s also a new way to wear blush. Draping involves applying your blush just like you would a contour color. Give it a try to help define your cheeks with softer shades and branch out from the muddy browns that likely fill your contour palettes.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step #1: Apply foundation and concealer. Start with foundation and concealer, buffing the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation and the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Concealer into your skin for a more youthful-looking complexion.
Step #2: Bounce on blush. Since draping is similar to contouring, you can use the same tools for both. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender to bounce and blend a liquid blush on. Keep the blush below your cheekbones, where you normally contour.
Step #3: Highlight. You aren’t done with your cheeks just yet. Add a highlight on top with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator, which can help create symmetry and define your face further.
Step #4: Coat lashes with mascara. Sweep the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara onto your lashes from root to tip for dramatic-looking volume and length.
The apples of your cheeks may be where you apply blush, but this look focuses on an altogether different fruit. Pick a peachy color to liven up the look of your complexion and complete a fresh face. Don’t stop there, though: Complement your cheeks by putting peach on your lips and eyes, too.
Step #1: Apply foundation and concealer. Work from the base up, applying the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup and the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer to even out the appearance of your skin tone and cover any imperfections.
Step #2: Brush on blush. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, then use a fluffy brush to apply a soft peach shade, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Precious Peach.
Step #3: Add eye shadow. Peach eye shadow will match the rest of your makeup, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s totally on trend. Brush a wash of peachy color across your lids and blend out.
Step #4: Apply lip gloss. Finish your look with another peachy product. Smooth the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Peach Fuzz onto your lips for a peach pout.
Go ahead and pinch your cheeks! That natural, rosy pink hue that pops up is your perfect blush color. Rosy hues suit any skin tone, anytime. Of course, it isn’t exactly convenient to have to pinch your cheeks every time you want to look flushed—that’s why we have blush. Find a color that matches your pinched pigment and sweep it on. Keep the rest of your look natural for style that seems effortless.
Step #1: Apply BB cream. For light coverage, spread the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream over your skin.
Step #2: Brush on blush. Using a blush brush, apply the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Rose Gold Lift. Focus the blush towards the backs of your cheeks, blending forward.
Step #3: Tightline. Tightlining is an “invisible” eyeliner technique that helps make your lashes appear fuller and lusher, without it being obvious that you used eyeliner—perfect for a no makeup, makeup look. Pull up gently on your eyelid and apply black eye liner beneath your lashes.
Step #4: Coat lashes with mascara. Self-explanatory! Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Noir Washable Mascara for volume.
Step #5: Add sheer lip balm. Give your lips a hint of color in combination with a dose of hydration by applying a sheer tinted lip balm.
No, your eyes aren’t playing a trick on you. We really are recommending you wear yellow blush. This look may not be for everyone, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking social media by storm. A wash of yellow makes a serious statement—try rocking it sometime when you’re feeling sunny this summer.
Step #1: Apply foundation and concealer. Use a full coverage foundation and concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation and a color from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit.
Step #2: Brush on blush. Brush a yellow face powder or eye shadow on, exactly like blush.
Step #3: Line eyes. Take your eye-catching look to the next level with yellow eyeliner. Keep it on your bottom lash line for a striking style.
Step #4: Coat lashes with mascara. That’s it!