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Learning how to apply blush is essential for every makeup lover. While applying blush seems like it should be pretty simple—and it is with practice—finding the right way to apply it to complement your face shape takes time. With a variety of techniques and different tips and tricks available depending on 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. Well, it used to be hard, anyway—we’re making it easy. Here, we’re breaking down where to apply blush for every face shape. But first, let’s talk about how to determine your face shape.
First things first, you’ll need to know what face shape you have if you want to learn where to apply blush. To find out your shape, start by taking a few measurements. Here’s what to do.
Grab a measuring tape, a pen, and a notebook.
Using measuring tape, measure horizontally across your forehead, jaw, and cheeks at their widest points. Write down the measurements.
Then, measure the length of your face from your forehead to chin, right down the center. Once again, keep track of the measurements in your notebook.
Now that you’ve done that, it’s easy to figure out what face shape you have.
Square: If you have a square-shaped face, the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw will all nearly be the same.
Round: If you have a round-shaped face, all your measurements are equal, like those of a square-shaped face, but your face has gently rounded corners.
Oval: If you have an oval-shaped face, your forehead is larger than your jawline, and your face length is larger than the width of your cheekbones. Also, the angle of your jaw is rounded.
Long: If you have a long or oblong-shaped face, your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size, but your face length is longer.
Heart: If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead is the widest part of your face. Your chin will also be pointed, and you may have a widow’s peak at your hairline.
Diamond: If you have a diamond-shaped face, you have a pointed chin and high cheekbones, with a narrower hairline than that of a heart-shaped 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.
Your goal, when you have a round face, 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 shimmer-packed blush formulas for matte options to help prevent your cheeks from looking overly cherubic.
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. Yikes!
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.
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.
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.
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 our best blushes to have in your makeup bag.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush: This blush comes in 12 skin-flattering shades with options that have cool, neutral, and warm tones. So, you can prepare to flaunt a natural flush of color with every use.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks: These long-lasting cream blushes are buildable to help you achieve your perfect level of intensity. Complete with a stick shape, this staple makes the ideal travel companion for on-the-go application.
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. Best of all, there’s no need to worry about any caking or drying. Available in six gorgeous shades, you’ll be sure to find the right color for you.
L’Oréal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Blush Please!: Want to sport a luminous glow? This blush is just what you need. Formulated to give your cheeks a delicate shimmer, you can to achieve a sun-kissed glow with every use.
Your application technique will also differ depending on the formula you chose out of the above options. You’ll still want to use your face shape to determine where to apply your blush, but whether you’re using a powder or cream blush plays an important part, too. Here’s how to apply each type of blush.
Known to give your skin a radiant glow with a slightly dewy finish, cream blushes are popular for a reason. Offering excellent coverage, this formula can easily upgrade your makeup look. However, one wrong move can ruin your makeup, so we’re sharing a few tips on how to apply cream blush.
Follow through with your standard skin care routine before applying makeup. Use products that will hydrate your skin like a moisturizer or face serum. Once your skin is all set, you can lay down your base. When it comes to cream blush, it’s always smart to wear makeup primer and a liquid foundation underneath for a seamless application.
Get ready to add some color! If you’re working with a cream blush in a stick format, swipe it directly onto your cheeks. If it’s in a small container, use clean fingers to apply it to your cheeks. From there, use a makeup blender to blend out any harsh lines.
Look at your face to make sure that the color is even on both sides. If you use too much product, tamper down the color by going over it with a clean blush brush or makeup blender. If you’ve under-applied, apply another dab of the cream blush to your cheek and blend until even.
After applying your bronzer and highlighter, it’s time to set your face! Use an oil-free setting spray to ensure a long-lasting makeup look.
Powder blushes are likely the formula you’re most familiar with as they’re a basic makeup must-have. Great for staying put throughout the day, powder blushes provide a polished finish and buildable formula. However, you’ll want to keep things light to avoid a cakey look. Here are the best tips on how to apply powder blush like a pro.
As with any face makeup look, it’s always important to prep your skin.
Grab a blush that complements your skin tone. Dip a fluffy brush in the pan and sweep the product onto the spots you learned will be most flattering for your face shape.
It’s time to check out your work! Look over your face to make sure that the product is laid evenly. If you over-applied, use a translucent powder like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Perfecte Powder and sweep it over your skin to make your blush a touch more subtle. If you applied too little, you can always go back and add more.
You’re almost at the finish line! Follow up with a bronzer and highlighter. Once your products are perfectly blended, use a setting spray to lock your makeup in place for a picture-perfect finish.
Beyond learning how to put on blush to flatter your face shape, there are other tips and tricks anyone can use to ensure their blush looks its best.
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. As for creams, while your fingers will do, we recommend using a makeup sponge to apply the product and blend out any harsh lines.
Say cheese! Faking a big smile will make the apples of your cheeks more pronounced, giving you a better idea of where to apply blush.
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.
Speaking of lasting power, you’ll want to lock your blush in place. After all, you don’t want it to fade away for a less than lively complexion. To set your blush—and the rest of your makeup, while you’re at it—mist your face with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray.
Your blush doesn’t need to match your lip color exactly—but they should coordinate. Pick a lipstick or lip gloss that’s in the same color family.
Next up: Blush isn’t the only makeup product where the application should be dependent on your face shape. Check out our articles, How to Find the Perfect Eyebrow Shape for Your Face and The Right Way to Contour for Every Face Shape, to cover all your bases.
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