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What Tool Do You Use to Apply Blush?

Depending on your desired look, this makeup staple can be applied in a variety of ways.
December 12, 2022


There are multitude of ways to apply makeup, from makeup brushes to blending sponges, and recently applying makeup with your fingers has gained popularity on social media. Many experts and makeup lovers say using their hands leads to a more seamless beauty look, especially when it comes to products like blush. 

However, some people aren’t convinced that the method is worth giving up their makeup brushes for. Keep reading as we break down how using your fingers to apply blush stacks up next to other makeup tools like brushes and sponges.

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What Is the Best Way to Apply Blush?

While we wish we could give you a concrete answer, as with most makeup questions, the answer will lie in your personal preference, as well as the consistency of your go-to blush. 

The Benefit of Applying Blush With a Makeup Brush

Makeup brushes are the tool that many makeup wearers are most comfortable with, as most people start doing their makeup with a brush. Brushes are easy to use, come in a variety of sizes, and they allow for a very smooth and even application, which is especially important when it comes to blush.

If you love powder brushes like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush, you should stick with a brush. Applying powder blush with a makeup brush allows you to sweep the blush onto the desired areas, and it's especially beneficial when you’re trying to do a particular technique like blush draping.

The Benefit of Applying Blush With a Makeup Sponge

A makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, is great for when you want a sheerer or softer blush application, especially with a liquid blush like the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint. The sponge diffuses the product nicely onto the skin, and since blush is a product that can easily appear too bright on the face, it’s a nice way to ensure that you don’t go overboard. 

If you decide to use a sponge with a cream blush like L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Match Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil, you’ll get an airbrushed finish by gently tapping and bouncing the sponge against the skin until blended.

The Benefit of Applying Blush With Your Fingers

While you may think this method of application is less sanitary than makeup brushes or won’t give you as good of a result, won’t be worth the stained fingers, using your fingers to apply your blush allows for a certain level of control, as you can see and physically feel how much product you’re about to apply. 

Additionally, using your fingertips can reduce the risk of streaky makeup because your blush will be warmed up from your body heat, and it’s a lot easier to move the product around as compared to a brush.

For the best application, take a blush like the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint, and apply a pea sized amount onto your cheeks. Use your fingers to gently blend it into your skin, adding more blush as you go if you want a bolder look.

Next: Here’s How Much Blush You Need to Apply, Based on Formula

Written by: Témi Adebowale, Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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