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Are You Guilty of Blush Fail?

Posted by FE Beauty on 7/3/2014

We’ve all been able to spot when someone is wearing too much blush: They walk around, behaving as if nothing is distinctive about their appearance, when all the while they look like a clown at the circus. It’s not always easy to tell just how the blush you apply at home is going to look when you are out and about, and sometimes you may even secretly worry that you applied too much. Here are some blush tips:

Applying Blush Incorrectly

A frequent makeup mistake: adhering too literally to that old adage about putting blush on the apples of your cheeks. The clown-like rounds of makeup that you can end up with flatter no one. Another blush no-no is brushing on blush too far below the cheekbone, which visually pulls down the face, making you look jowly. Applied correctly, blush should look like a blush. Rather than concentrating it on the apple of your cheek, brush it sparingly just up along the cheekbone, using the center of your eye as a guide for your starting point. The upward sweep also gives the illusion of pulling your face upward, thus slimming it.

Choosing the Wrong Color of Blush for Your Complexion

When blush is inharmonious with your lip color, it looks harsh, like when blush is too dark, too blue does: Blue-purple undertones almost make the skin look bruised. Choose colors that are soft and sheer, giving your cheeks a fresh glow.

Women with fair skin look best in rosy pinks and peaches, and nothing too brown. Pinks and peaches work well on medium skin tones, too, and even something slightly more mauve will flatter those with cooler skin tones. Corals, oranges, berries, and rich bronzes complement darker complexions; avoid anything too blue or too light, which will look ashy. Look for a blush that applies easily and is easy to control, difficult to apply too heavily, and blush that comes in all the right shades will offer you the best color for your skin tone.

Tip: After you’ve finished applying all of your makeup for the day, go outside and take a fair-sized mirror with you. Look again at your blush to see how it looks. If it doesn’t stand out, you’re good. If it is more noticeable than you had intended, remove a bit. Let the clowns stay at the circus.