How to apply blush for your face shape

Posted: Sep 05 2014

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Learn application tips: blush for your face shape here.

Start by identifying your face shape. Oval faces are often considered the ideal face shape, with prominent cheekbones and a forehead that is slightly wider than the chin. Heart shaped faces have a wide forehead and high cheekbones, and the face tapers to a narrow chin. Square faces have a forehead that is roughly the same width as the cheekbones and chin, while round faces are as wide as they are long. Long faces, or “rectangular” as it is sometimes called, are similar to oval and square-shaped faces.  The only difference is, the face is longer and less wide. Your forehead, cheeks and jawline should all be pretty much the same width. Triangular, If you have a triangular-shaped face, your chin will be narrow and pointed and your high cheekbones will be your most prominent feature.

Makeup artist Daniel Sandler, how to blush your face shape.

How to apply your blusher:

Oval faces - sweep your blush over your cheekbones. You can easily find your cheekbone with your fingers - aim to place the colour just above the bone rather than towards the hollow beneath it to help raise the height of your cheekbone.

Heart shaped faces - because your face can appear pointy, we need to soften the edges so it appears more like an oval. Apply blush to the outer corner of your cheekbone, starting by your ear and ending at a point below the outer corner of your eye. Also add a touch of colour by your temples, towards the centre of your forehead, to help balance the width of your forehead with your chin.

Square faces - your cheekbones are the same width as your chin, so to help define them apply your blush slightly below the cheekbone. Blush in the hairline will help soften the edges of your face.

Round faces - try not to use pearlised or highly reflective blushers as these reflect the light well and make a surface appear more round, which we want to avoid - matte blushers would be best for you. Sweep your blush from the ear down the cheekbone towards the mouth. Add a little touch of blush to the chin and blend it well to make your face appear longer.

Long faces - Apply blush on cheekbones below the outer corners of the eyes and blend well. Be sure the blush never extends lower than the tip of the nose.

Triangular faces - Blush should be applied in a sideways V on the cheekbones. Blend up from your cheekbones to your temple and then extend the blush over your brow a bit toward the center of your forehead. This will help to balance the width of your forehead with the rest of your face.

Which is the best blusher to use:

Cream blusher - Apply the satin-like, creamy, non-greasy texture with fingers for an anti-ageing effect. It blends beautifully over naked skin or foundation leaving a hint of flattering colour. Perfect for all skin-types and drier skins will love it the most as it feels comfortable and non-drying on the skin.

Liquid blusher - Daniel says "I chose a silicone based oil free formulation as it doesn't clog pores and suits every skin type. The silicone makes it virtually rub-off proof plus water-resistant. Lifts all skin types with an instant radiance".

Powder blusher - Sheer colour, some with shimmer finish. Smooth, satiny powder finish that floats over skin. Creates a soft transparency that lasts for hours.