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Applying Blush Based On Your Face Shape

Woman applying blush

We struggle to find just the perfect shade of blush to give our faces that youthful flush without looking severely sunburned, but did you know that your application technique and placement matters too? We are not talking about contouring or strobing or anything too complicated. I am referring to applying the blush color based on the shape of your face.

  • Oval – The oval-shaped face can get away with almost any application; it is considered the ‘ideal’ face shape for almost anything. Do try to stick to the top of your cheekbone, not underneath it. This is not contouring.
  • Square – To soften this angular face shape, the best application is in soft circles just on the apples of your cheeks. Do not blend it out too far towards your temple because this has a tendency to widen your face.
  • Long – For the long face, start your application under the center of your eye and blend outward. Chances are you will have the ‘space’ to apply a little more than most, and you want to emphasize the width of your cheeks not the length of your face.
  • Round – Round circles on the apples will emphasize the roundness of this face shape. Try for slightly lower on the cheek and towards the outside to slim the face and visually create those cheekbones.
  • Heart – If you aren’t familiar with the heart shape, it tends to have a wide forehead with high cheekbones and a narrow chin. To balance out these proportions, apply your blush to the outside of your cheekbones and blend towards the center of your eye.

Do keep in mind that if you have changed the perception of your face shape through highlighting and contouring, you may need to adjust your blush application accordingly.

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