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At first glance, you probably wouldn’t classify blush as a makeup multi-tasker—but that’s exactly what it is. Peachy pink powders and creams aren’t reserved for being blended onto the apples of your cheeks—they can serve all sorts of purposes. Not exactly sure where to apply blush? Beyond filling their traditional role as face makeup, they can stand in for your eye makeup and lip color, making your blush compact one of the most versatile products in your collection. Find out all the ways you aren’t using your blush—but should be—below.
Have you heard of draping? Don’t feel too out of the loop if you haven’t. It’s still a fairly new trend, but it’s one you’ll want to know all about. As for what exactly draping is, when you drape your face you use blush the same way you would a contour powder or cream. It works just as well to give your face more definition, but offers a warmer, flushed look. To try it out for yourself, pair a cream blush with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender. Suck in your cheeks and pucker up your lips (a.k.a. make a fishy face) to pinpoint where your cheekbones are, then apply the blush along your cheekbones and temples.
Warm-toned eye shadows are all the rage, but there’s no need to run to the store if you don’t already have any sitting at the bottom of your makeup bag. Instead of buying something new, you can repurpose your blush. Use your fingers or a makeup brush to apply blush to your eyelids and blend out at the crease. Not sure what shades are suitable for the eyes? Look for terracotta, apricot, and plum hues, all of which will make for eye catching makeup looks.
If you hold yourself to strict makeup rules, it may be time to break them. We understand not everyone approves of bringing blush towards the center of their face out of fear of looking ruddy rather than fresh-faced—but you shouldn’t let that hold you back. While you won’t want your blush to form a stripe all the way across your face, a light dusting over your nose is actually encouraged. By adding blush to the tip of your nose, you can create a more youthful look, as if you just spent a day under the sun. Instead of using your standard rosy blush, try a bronze shade, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Soft Sun.
Color correcting concealers are a total must-have, especially if you’re dealing with dark spots or dark circles. But what are you to do if something unsightly pops up and you don’t have a color corrector within reach? Thankfully, it’s not quite a makeup emergency—you can use blush in place of color correcting concealer! All you’ll need is the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush and L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. To cover up dark circles under eyes, apply a red blush under your eyes, packing on the color. The red hue will help counteract the blueish tint of dreaded dark circles. Once your under-eye area is covered in blush, you obviously can’t leave it as is. Apply concealer directly over top and no one will be the wiser.
After blending blush onto your cheeks and nose, your forehead may start to look out of place. To create more balance, you can add a bit of blush to your forehead too. (Plus, you wouldn’t want your forehead to feel left out!) Use a nude blush with subtle shimmer to warm up the area above your brows.
Imagine this: You have a product that’s the perfect color for your lips, the only problem is it’s not a lip color—it’s blush. Well, the truth is, it isn’t such an issue. All you need to do is apply a coat of lip balm, then press the blush into your lips to create a subtle tint. Top it off with lip gloss, and you’re good to go.
Next, make sure you know how to apply blush the right way—based on your face shape. Here’s How to Apply Blush for Your Face Shape.