3 Tips for a Natural-Looking Blush Application

3 Tips for a Natural-Looking Blush Application

Published by Jil Goorman on May 13th 2024

Achieving that perfect, natural-looking blush requires more than just a swipe of color on your cheeks—it’s about carefully selecting the right shade and mastering the art of application. Let’s go through the top three tips for a natural-looking blush application that enhances your complexion.

1. Use Blush Based on Your Skin Type

Both cream and powder brushes are excellent options for achieving a natural look, but the key is in their application. The choice between cream and powder often comes down to your skin type.

Cream Blush

Cream blushes are ideal for those with dry or mature skin, offering a dewy, radiant finish that melds seamlessly with the skin for an inherently natural glow. The emollient texture of cream blushes allows you to easily blend it into the skin, creating a more natural and hydrated look. Start with a small dab and gently blend it out, adding more as necessary to achieve your desired intensity.

Powder Blush

Powder blushes work well on oily and combination skin types, providing a matte finish that can help control shine throughout the day. They’re very pigmented and long-lasting. Use a light hand to apply a small amount with a fluffy brush, swirling on the apples of the cheeks and blending toward the hairline.

2. Choose a Shade That Complements Your Skin

Both your complexion and undertone determine which blush shade will have the most natural effect. Here’s an overarching list of blushes that favor each complexion.

  • Fair skin: Light pink, peach, or sheer plum for subtle warmth.
  • Medium skin: Deep pinks, mauve, and rich peach.
  • Olive skin: Terracotta, deep peach, or bronze-toned blushes.
  • Dark skin: Vibrant reds, deep fuchsia, or warm browns for a pop of color.

You can refine your choices by learning about your undertone. Always remember that two people with the same skin color can have different undertones.

Cool Undertone

Pink, rosy, and mauve blushes complement pink, blue, and red hues of cool undertones. These shades mimic the natural blush for a fresh, lively appearance.

Warm Undertone

The warm gold and pink hues thrive with orangey-pink blushes. It’s the best way to create a sun-kissed effect even on cloudy days.

Neutral Undertone

Neutral undertones have more freedom. Determine which blush shade best complements your complexion and choose a buildable blush to achieve adorable rosy cheeks.

3. Focus on Blush Placement

Blush doesn’t simply provide a natural flush; it’s used to accentuate facial features. Every application technique will have a different effect.

  • A lifted look: Apply the blush slightly above the apple of your cheeks and blend upward toward the ear. The lifting technique draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of a more sculpted, youthful appearance.
  • Fuller cheeks: Concentrate the blush directly on the apples of your cheeks and blend outward. This placement adds volume to the cheeks.
  • Slimming the face: Apply the blush in a diagonal line from the center of the apple of your cheek toward the hairline. Doing so contours and pronounces the cheekbones for a slimming effect.

Jil Goorman Beauty’s acne-safe blush is the product that will complement your facial features and skin tone. Complete every makeup look perfectly with these three tips for a natural-looking blush application.