Flushed cheeks aren’t just for those leaving practice. Blush has long been credited with anointing skin with a healthy heightening of color. But when it comes to knowing where exactly you should apply the product (apples? cheekbones? cheek hollows?), finding a definitive answer might be harder than keeping up with the pace of that last practice.

The placement of your blush, actually hinges on what shade you’re using. Here we break down the ultimate guide to rubbing on rouge based on the hue:

To start, first perfect your face with primer, foundation, and powder.

PINK BLUSH:

Step 1- Pink blush should stay localized just on the apples of cheeks. Pink blush is meant to mimic the shot of rosiness that is actually found in the area. It’s where the blood naturally pools in the cheeks. But the color shouldn’t fall too forward in your smile lines, otherwise it can look abnormal. First, place one finger at the side of your mouth and along the laugh line to indicate where the blush color should stop.

Step 2- To find the apples of your cheeks, just give a little grin. The apples are the front parts of your cheeks that pop up when you smile.

Step 3- Dip a dense, dome-shaped brush into your pink powder blush of choice. A small, dome-shaped brush with a dense and flattened head will help to concentrate the color just on the apples.

Step 4- Using circular motions, swirl the color onto the newfound apples of your cheeks.

PLUM BLUSH:

Plum blushes are to medium and dark skin tones what pink blushes are to traditionally fair complexions. In other words, these berry shades shouls be applied the same way as their rosier counterparts – on the apples of the cheeks.

PEACH BLUSH:

Step 1- Since peach tones are inherently more similar to many natural skin shades than pinks, peach blush should be used more to sculpt the cheeks and inject them with just a prink of color. Cool pink blushes can look too “stripey” when used for sculpting, so warmer hues like sodt peaches and corals create the illusion of sculpted cheeks better. To start, place three fingers along the side of your mouth to cover the apples, which indicated where the color should stop.

Step 2- Next, unearth hibernating cheekbones by trying to do your best smirk.

Step 3- Twirl an angled brush into your peach pressed powder blush. An angled brush is specifically shaped to help chisel the cheeks.

Step 4- Mold shaper cheeks by sweeping the brush along the cheekbones, starting from the back near the ears and dragging the color forward. If you’re still having trouble excavating extra-covert cheekbones, a good universal guide is to start the color at the tragus (the small pointed flap in front of the ear opening) and pull the blush forward until you reach the beginning of the apples.

BEIGE BLUSH:

Step 1- Since beige and brown blushes most closely resemble natural skin tones, they should be brushed on both the cheekbones AND the apples to add a touch of warmth and plumpness to cheeks over bright color. Place two fingers at the side of the mouth to mark where the blush should stop. In this case, you want to color to touch the highest point of the apples, but not fall too forward in which it covers the entire side of the face.

Step 2- Dunk a full, rounded brush into a shimmery beige pressed powder blush. This larger brush with slightly tapered shape is best-suited to achieve an alloever veil of color on cheeks.

Step 3- Start by swiping the blush onto the cheekbones to emphasize their shape.

Step 4- Then tap the color on the apples to add fullness to the cheeks. Keeping the two finger-trick in mind, don’t forget to leave a third of the apples bare in the very front so the blush doesn’t consume the entire side of the face.

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