face makeup The Best Way to Apply Blush for Your Face Shape

With the right method, it can completely change your look.

May 16, 2022
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While applying blush seems like it should be pretty simple, finding the right way to apply it to complement your face shape takes time. Whether your face is round, square, oval, or heart-shaped, it can be hard to lock down the best method for how to put on blush with all the techniques, tips and tricks out there. Well, we’re removing all the noise and making it easy. Here, we’re breaking down where to apply blush for every face shape.

How to Apply Blush If You Have a Square Face

Working with a square face? It’s best to keep things basic by applying blush on the apples of your cheeks. This can also help to soften angular face shapes. Focus on the apples of your cheeks and then blend outward for a soft look. Make sure not to blend the product too far out horizontally to avoid the illusion of a wider-looking face. 

How to Apply Blush If You Have a Round Face

When you have a round face, your goal should be to make your cheekbones pop. Applying blush to the apples of your cheeks can give your face a rounder appearance and soften your cheekbones. Give your face an angular look by applying blush slightly lower down and toward the outside of your cheeks. Avoid blending toward your nose since that can make your face look rounder, too.


Editor’s tip: Swap out shimmery blush formulas for matte options to help prevent your cheeks from looking overly cherubic. 

How to Apply Blush If You Have an Oval Face

If you have an oval face, you’re in luck. When it comes to where to put blush, you can pretty much get away with anything. Just make sure to avoid applying blush under your cheekbones — that’s actually where you should contour. When you apply blush under your cheekbones, you can end up looking like you have windburn instead of a rosy glow.

How to Apply Blush If You Have a Long Face

Having a long face means you have more room for blush. Start under the pupils and blend to the middle of your cheeks. Apply it in a slight semicircle or a straight line to make your face appear shorter (if that’s the goal).

How to Apply Blush If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face

Since heart-shaped faces can appear pointy, you’ll want to soften your features. To do so, apply blush in ‘C’ shapes from the top of your cheeks to above the end of your eyebrows. You can also add a bit of blush to the center of your forehead to create balance between your forehead and chin. 

How to Apply Blush If You Have a Diamond Face

Knowing where to put blush in order to flatter a diamond-shaped face can help draw attention upward and soften your features. Simply apply blush to the tops of your cheekbones and blend outward toward your ears.

Remember to Consider Your Skin Tone and Type

For your best blush application ever, you’ll need to determine your skin type and tone in addition to your face shape. In terms of tone, look for blushes that mimic your skin’s undertones. If you have a warm tone, pick warm-toned blushes. If you have a cool tone, reach for cool-toned blushes. Additionally, if you have skin redness, you’ll always want to opt for a cool-toned blush to avoid drawing attention to your already-rosy hue.


As for skin type, whether your skin is dry or oily will impact the type of blush you want to apply. A powder blush may call attention to dry spots, whereas a cream formula will blend better over your skin. As for those with oily complexions, cream blushes will need to be extra long-wearing to avoid makeup meltdown, which is why many people with oily skin opt for powder blush.

4 Best Blush Products to Use

Now that you know how to apply blush based on your face shape, you’ll no doubt want to actually — you know — use it. Here are some of the best blushes to keep in your makeup bag.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush

This blush comes in 12 skin-flattering shades with options that have cool, neutral, and warm tones. It effortlessly blends in with your natural skin tone, so you can flaunt a natural flush of color with every use.

Editor’s tip: While certain makeup products can be applied with your fingers, unless you’re using a cream formula, blush isn’t one we recommend smudging on with your hands. For powder blushes, use a fluffy brush to sweep the product onto your face.

L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint

This multi-purpose product is perfect if you’re looking for a natural-looking, dewy blush to finish off your makeup look. It’s infused with aloe and rose extracts to hydrate the skin, and it comes in six universal shades.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil

Made with mature skin types in mind, this blush offers a creamy, satin formula that gives cheeks a natural-looking wash of color. Since it’s formulated with hydrating camellia oil, there’s no need to worry about any caking or drying.

L’Oréal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Blush Please!

Formulated to give your cheeks a delicate shimmer, you can achieve a sun-kissed glow every time you reach for this powder blush. And it’s not just for the summer — use it year-round for a flush that warms up the face just right.


Next: How to Apply Blush So It Looks Symmetrical Every Time

Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn