Ever notice how your cheeks naturally flush when you're excited or working up a healthy sweat at the gym? Applying blush can help you recreate that rosy glow—even if you're just sitting on the sofa watching TV.
Step 1: Choose blush Choose your blush type. Powder and gel blushes are good for oily skin; cream is best for normal to dry skin. Whichever type you choose, its shade should match your natural coloring.
Step 2: Apply blush last If you're planning to wear full makeup, don't apply blush until the rest of your face is complete.
Step 3: Prepare If you're using a powder, lightly sweep a medium-sized fluffy brush through the blush and then tap it to remove any excess. If you're using a cream or gel, dab a little on your ring finger.
TIP: Start with just a little blush -- it's easier to add more to your face than to take off too much of it.
Step 4: Find your apples Smile at yourself in the mirror to find the Ôapples' of your cheeks--the round rises where you naturally flush.
Step 5: Apply blush Apply the blush to the center of the apple on one side of your face, blending the color along your cheekbone. If you're using a cream or gel, dot the color first, then use your finger or a makeup sponge to blend it in. For the most natural look, always concentrate the color on the apples of your cheeks and blend well.
TIP: For a more youthful look, make sure to apply the blush on each side no lower than your nostril and no closer to your nose than your pupil.
Step 6: If you apply too much If you accidentally apply too much powdered blush, cover it with translucent powder to tame the color. Excess cream can be blotted with a tissue. If you overdo it with a gel, wash it off and reapply sparingly.
Step 7: Repeat on other cheek Repeat on your other cheek, taking care to match the placement and color of the blush on both cheeks.
Step 8: Dust with power Dust your face with a translucent powder to set your new look.
FACT: Makeup was frowned upon in Victorian England, so women would pinch their cheeks to achieve high color.