This is How To Apply Blusher Like a Pro

A swipe of well-placed blusher is beauty's best kept secret for a healthier-looking complexion

How to apply blusher

by Grazia Contributor |
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Beauty trends come and go, but knowing how to apply blusher correctly will always be a worthwhile skill to have in your back pocket. Whatever the shape of your face - long, round, square or heart-shaped - knowing where to inject that flush of colour is just as important as picking out the right shade to suit your complexion.

While it might seem straightforward to get that rosy cheeked glow, there are a few elements you’ll need to consider. The end result will depend on whether you’re using cream, liquid or powder blush as much as if you’re introducing highlighter or bronzer to this cosmetics party.

How To Apply Blusher According To The Pro's

Space NK’s Buying Director, Margaret Michell is adamant that you should start with a primer (shop from our edit here), which is something Cult Beauty’s Co-Founder, Alexia Inge agrees with. 'This base layer will prolong the lasting wear of make-up,’ says Michell. Next, consider your formula. 'Always keep in mind that a powder blusher will typically last longer than a cream,' notes Michell, 'but if you do prefer the natural finish of a cream, try lightly dusting a setting powder or a powder blush shade over the top to make it last longer. Finish with a setting spray to lock everything in place.’ We rate Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray, £26.

How To Apply Cream Blush

A cream formula blush, commonly found in a pot, stick or in a squeeze tube, like Glossier’s Cloud Paint, £15, should be one of the key cosmetics in your make-up bag. Michell recommends 'warming up the formula on the back of your hand before lightly dabbing the blush on to the apples of your cheek, and slowly bring it up to your cheekbone.' Similarly, Inge uses her fingertips to apply cream and stain blushers, too. However, she mentioned, ‘a damp Beautyblender, £17, also works really well’.


The Best Cream Blushers

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Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint in Petal, £26.50

This creamy vegan and cruelty-free formula, blends effortlessly into the skin, giving a long-lasting flirty flush and hydrated sheen to the skin.

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ICONIC London Sheer Blush, £18

Give your skin an ultra-dewy finish with this buildable, watercolour formula. A little goes a long way and leaves your skin juicy-looking and fresh.

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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, £44

It might be a spenny option but this cream blush is worth the investment. The buttery texture melts into skin and leaves your cheeks looking plump and pretty.

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MILK Makeup Mini Lip + Cheek, £16.50

Part lip tint, part blush, this do-it-all stick offers creamy colour and a conditioning, vitamin-rich formula. Win.

How To Apply Powder Blusher And Bronzer

When it comes to powder blusher, Michell recommends using a blush brush. 'Press the brush into the blusher and tap off the excess powder,' she says, 'next, apply the blush in an X shape - down the apple of the cheek and up to the cheekbone.' This will give you a naturally flushed finish. Inge recommends using a mid-sized blusher brush or a fan brush - 'don’t go too big with the brush - it’s far easier to add than take away and size diminishes accuracy!’

Keep the blush high on your cheekbones, so it works like a make-up "bra" for your face'

In terms of placement, Inge has a top trick. ‘The traditional advice is to smile to find the apples of your cheeks - but don’t smile too much as this encourages you to place the blush too low, which gives the illusion of a drooping face. Keep the blush high on your cheekbones, so it works like a make-up "bra" for your face.’ It’s a similar trick Michell uses when it comes to gel, liquid, or stain blush. 'It's best to use a synthetic blush brush and start off light on the apples of your cheek, and move up to your cheekbone ensuring you blend as you apply.’

As for bronzer, apply your chosen powder in a '3' shape from the temples, under the cheekbones and across the jawline - this will complement the blusher.

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Best Blushers To Buy

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Nars, Orgasm Blush, £25

This powder blush from Nars has a cult following thanks to its lightweight, soft finish.

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Viseart, Blush Palette, £69

'This palette will give you an entire powder blush wardrobe and it's a beautiful pigment,' says Alexia Inge.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills, Blush Trios, £30

Alexia Inge says Anastasia's trio pallets includes 'really versatile colours for all skin tones'.

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Nudestix, Lip & Cheek Pencils, £24

'I loves these two-in-one blush and lip crayons because they're great for on-the-go and travelling,' says Alexia.

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RMS, Lip2Cheek in Demure, £34

If your handbag is limited for space then Space NK 's buying director Margaret Michelle recommends RMS' Lip2Cheek as a multi-tasking wonder. Dab onto cheeks, lips and eyes.

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Charlotte Tilbury, Cheek to Chic, £30

A blush and contour palette in one - this finely-milled powder is great for sculpting and defining cheekbones.

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