To Blush Or Not To Blush

Back in the day, no makeup routine was complete without a dose of hot pink blush. The modern world has changed all of that though, with most women rarely using rouge to accentuate their cheeks. Blush can be a beneficial makeup solution, but only if it is applied correctly. Otherwise, it can make a great face look like a bad mask in an instant. Here are some rules to follow when using blush so you can make it work to your advantage.  Blush



Choose the Right Color

The color of your blush is going to have a huge impact on how your face looks as a whole. If you use something too dark, you’re going to look like you don’t know what you’re doing. If you get something that’s too pink, you’re going to look like a clown. Light peach colors work well on most skin tones, as do pale mauves and creamy rose colors. Just avoid the burgundy and magenta blush you may see on shelves. Neither of those are going to accentuate your cheeks correctly.

Build the Right Foundation

Your blush isn’t going to look good if the skin underneath it isn’t clear. You need to get rid of any blemishes you have on your face because the red tones in the blush will easily bring those out. Clean your skin on a regular basis and use microdermabrasion to get rid of the dead cells on the surface. When you have a smooth complexion to build on, any makeup you use will look great.

Use the Right Brush

Even though most blush products come with small, thin brushes to use, you need to try something that is large and fluffy. Big round blush brushes create softer application areas, which look more natural than the ones with the thin brushes. If you are using cream blush, you might be able to apply that with your fingers. Just make sure you really work the blush into the skin so that it doesn’t look like war paint. The last thing you want is an artificial line right across your cheek bones.

Pick the Right Occasion

You don’t need to wear blush all the time. If you want to leave it off for work or running errands, you’re allowed to do that. Then you can apply it for a big night out when you want to look as dolled up as possible. Focus on finding the right application for you, and you might be surprised by what blush can do.

15 comments… add one
  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles Feb 28, 2013 @ 18:31

    Yeah I remember my Mom can never leave the house without putting on blush. I’m not a big fan of blush anymore but I do use a blush/cheek tint to give a little hint of color…like I just came in from run! 🙂


    • Marisa Mar 3, 2013 @ 10:57

      Cheek tint is good idea I’ll have to give that a try sometime. I like to use just a little blush to give a nice subtle color too. Yes there is nothing better than the naturally healthy glow that you get after a nice run! =)

    • Sockwun Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:18

      Yeah, blush is best for a natural glow. Its a bit tricky to master chiseled cheekbones with blush so Id rather not try, lol.


      • Marisa Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:13

        Yes, you are right, a little blush is great for creating a natural, healthy glow. As far as chiseled cheekbones, I think I would have to agree with you, it definitely could be a rather bit tricky to master it, though it can’t hurt to maybe give it a try, you never know you just might be in time very talented.

  • Dima Al Mahsiri Mar 17, 2013 @ 13:38

    Hi Marisa,
    Nice post. I do use blusher, Thanks for the useful tips 🙂

  • Marisa Mar 19, 2013 @ 19:15

    Thank you. You are very welcome, glad you liked the blush tips. =)

  • Sockwun Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:17

    I agree that blush can be left out for running errands or stepping outside for a little while. With the beauty world crazy over neutral, fresh-faced looks, blush is rarely ever used nowadays. I only use blush when Im getting ready for a night on the town. I love the Dandelion blush by Benefit because its subtle enough to look natural, and it goes great with many skin tones!


    • Marisa Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:07

      Hello! You make an interesting point. I have noticed these days that blush is not all that often, especially as a part of everyday makeup. Though I’m with you, I do like to wear some blush when going out, though I’ve got to be careful to not over do it an look like a clown. lol. The Dandelion Blush by Benefit sounds great, I’ll have to look it up, and find out more about it. Thanks for the tip!

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  • Logan Feb 18, 2019 @ 21:52

    Hello i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i
    could also make comment due to this sensible article.

    • Deborah Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:39

      Thank you, Logan. So, what are your thoughts on blush?

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