Updated: Jun 16, 2019
I really want you to love blush. Now hear me out. . . blush has a tricky reputation. People tend to either love it, which can lead to women desperately overdoing it, or they stay far away from it at all costs. But blush is something that can completely transform your face. It's really about finding the one that's best for you.
First, I need you to know how much variety there is in blush colors! No one wants to look like a clown. . .unless of course you are. But for most of us, we want to look fabulous and perhaps natural when it comes to blush. That's totally achievable. You first have to embrace the number one rule: there are more blush colors than pink!
Tan, taupe, caramel, raspberry, burnt orange, bronze. . . there are a tons of different colors. Just because a color works for your mom, friend, or sister, doesn't mean it will work for you. You want to take a look at what looks friendly. What looks pretty to YOU? Look at what looks pretty. The one you think, "I could never wear that." Then choose something one to two shades lighter. I promise, it will look gorgeous! However, if you're a chocolate girl like me, you want to tweak that strategy a bit. . .
Which brings me to rule number two: the darker your skin, the brighter the blush you can handle. Darker skin absorbs blush beautifully! You can wear something brighter or deeper and it will still look natural.
How do you put this stuff on?
Use a little at a time.
Dab your blush brush into the blush, then tap the brush on the back of your hand. This will keep you from putting too much on.
Then smile into the mirror and add the blush just to the side (away from your nose) of the roundest parts of your cheeks. If you dab it directly to the "apples" of the cheeks, that's often how you end up with the clown look.
After you've dabbed the color on, wipe your blush brush "clean" on a tissue or paper towel. Then lightly work the brush in circular motions overtop where you applied the blush, working towards your ear.
Take a step back and look in the mirror. Do you need more? If so, repeat the steps above.
Still having trouble choosing a color? When in doubt, you can use your bronzer as a blush. It will give you a warm, natural flush to your cheeks without looking obvious.
Put on too much blush? Don't panic! I know the urge to grab a tissue and start wiping it away is strong, but there is another way! Grab your powder brush, dip it into your face powder, then swirl it atop where you put your blush. It will calm down the color and diffuse it so it isn't so striking.
Which blushes are you currently wearing? Comment below and let me know what you're loving!