• 27 Mar - 02 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

As warm summer days ascend, and TikTok highlights the face-transforming powers of a hint of rouge, there’s a lot of renewed intrigue around how to apply blush. When it comes to making it look like it’s your own natural, rosy glow. From creating a supercharged canvas to choosing an easy, melts-right-in formula, here are pros approved secrets for how to apply blush and achieve a flush-from-within finish.

Create a dewy canvas

When it comes to getting HD camera-ready, all experts agree that smooth, hydrated skin is essential. Massaging in a moisturiser, or a hydrating primer if mattifying is a priority, is a non-negotiable first step. For maximum hydration, we recommend beginning with a sheet mask, such as the Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution, as another option. But we like to take things a step further by pressing another layer of moisturiser onto the face after foundation, so the blush really vanishes into the skin. The best time to apply blush is when the skin is still wet. The extra layer of hydration makes it softer.

Choose a smooth, shade-matched formula

Use blush shades that are no more than two to three shades darker than your natural (flushed) tone, otherwise, you will find it difficult to blend. For more dimension, welike to use a darker hue on the inner cheeks, then graduate outward with a lighter complementary option. In terms of colour, fair and cool complexions should look to more muted shades, like baby pink or peachy pink, while deeper, warmer complexions can go brighter. So long as the skin is prepped to be smooth and supple, when it comes to texture, a cream, like Glossier’s Cloud Paint or Rare Beauty’s Melting Cream, or liquid stain blush, such as Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, tend to be best for a second-skin look. They give the most natural, non-cosmetic effect, adding an awoken quality to the skin. However, we always add a veil of powder for additional colour payoff and staying power.

Blend, and blend some more

We like to start with cream blush on our fingers so we can really feel our cheeks, with an added bonus of creating a natural flush through circulation and we also use a small fluffy brush to blend the edges in a circular motion. After application, we suggest concealing the area around the sides of the nose to further diffuse discolouration. It will help make you look like you’re naturally blushing, as opposed to blush sitting on top of your skin. In the interest of capitalising on a glassy complexion, use a plush sponge blender, like L’Oréal’s Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, before administering whisper-light strokes that kiss the skin with a brush for the powder, working it from the apples of the cheeks outward, then toward the temples and down to the centre of the chest for all-over warmth.

Finish with luster

Because cream highlighter takes blush to the next level, when we use highlighters like RMS Beauty Living Luminiser on the high planes of the face, we also infuse it with a skincare emollient, like Weleda Skin Food, for extra glow. For a fresh, final layer that sets everything into place, you can mists on Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, a cocktail of toning rose extract, rejuvenating rosemary oil, and hydrating orange flower water.