If sleeping is your BFF and lengthy makeup routines are the bane of your existence, we’ve got good news! For the girl that’s forever in search of time-saving beauty hacks, there are quite a few ways you can use blush to perk up your look—and none of them require committing a whole lot of time.
When it comes to blush, you might think that this makeup product is reserved for dusting onto the apples of your cheeks, but it can actually be used in more than just that one way. Depending on which one you use—and how you use it—blush can help brighten up your face with a pretty rosy flush. That’s why we think blush deserves a spot in your makeup bag for sure!
Ready to learn how up your blush game? Add the following hacks to your beauty routine and get to work!
Blush Hack #1: Play Up Your Skin Tone with the Right Shade
As with all makeup products, it’s a good idea to find a blush color that suits your skin tone. Since it’s probably safe to say that most of us are looking for a natural-looking flush, you want to make sure your blush complements your skin tone before adding it to your beauty routine. A good rule of thumb is that if you have fair skin, softer shades of pink will accentuate your natural beauty, while darker skin can get away with wearing darker shades beautifully. The L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush comes in 12 natural-looking shades.
Blush Hack #2: Pick the Right Formula for Your Skin Type
If you have dry skin, powder may settle into your lines, which is not a good look. That’s why cream blush could be a better option for you. Meanwhile, if you have oily skin, powder blush could be your best bet, since liquid formulas might cause you to look even greasier.
Blush Hack #3: Apply It with the Right Tools
While finding the right blush for your skin tone and placing it strategically on your face is certainly important, you could be overlooking another important factor. That would be how you put your blush on your face! You could have the most flattering blush hue, but if you’re not applying it properly, it could end up looking super-streaking and unnatural—which is the opposite of what you want. For powder blush, use a fan brush to gently dust it over your cheeks. For cream or liquid blush, use a makeup sponge or your fingers to dab it onto your complexion.
Blush Hack #4: Use It to Make Your Eyes Look Brighter
Say what? You shouldn’t think of blush as being solely useful for your cheeks. After applying a full face of makeup, use a fluffy eye shadow brush to dust just enough blush color onto your brow bone, right near your inner eye. This tiny hint of color can help do the same thing for your eyes that it does for your cheeks—meaning it can help make your eyes look brighter. Sweet!
Blush Hack #5: Save Time with a Double-Duty Formula
Look for a cream blush that can also help blur the look of dullness, so you’re not just adding a pop of color to your cheeks. Squeeze a small amount of the blush onto the back of your hand and apply it with your fingertips to the center of your cheeks. Gently sweep the formula upward to help define your cheekbones.
Blush Hack #6: Create a Custom Hue
Sometimes, it may take mixing more a few shades of blush together to the best-looking shade for your skin tone. That’s where the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush comes in—it has four shades so you can easily blend two (or more!) together for a unique hue that flatters your complexion.
Blush Hack #7: Top Your Blush with Setting Powder
Help keep your blush in place while you go about your day by lightly dusting a translucent setting powder over your face when you’re done applying your makeup.