One of the most important elements in cosmetics and makeup is the blush. With proper use, it gives your face that hint of warmth and glow, which, in turn, helps make you look more healthy, fresh, and natural.

Aside from perking up your face, blush gives you the power—again, with proper application—to somehow alter how you look. Depending on what color you picked and how you applied it, your sweet, innocent face can turn into a foxy vixen. And if you’re a bit too thin that you hate looking sickly (even when you’re not) all the time, a couple swipes of blush can do a lot in making you look healthier and more beautiful.

So now we know that blush is a powerful cosmetic product; but as our favorite web-slinging hero, our friendly neighborhood Spiderman have said: with great power comes great responsibility… okay, that Spidey thingy is way over the top but you know what I mean. That’s because when done wrong, using blush can be disastrous. Yup, putting on blush can be quite tricky as it can either make you look fresh or it can make you look like (yikes!) a marionette.

So how do you avoid that Pinocchio look? Check out these tips on how to get those rosy cheeks working for you:

Finding the Perfect Shade


This is probably one of the most common mistakes women (yup, including me!) make when using blush, and choosing the wrong shade could mean a lot of trouble for you. That’s why you have to make sure that the shade you’ll choose will work well with your skin tone. So how will you find that perfect shade for your skin tone? Here’s the basic guide, according to makeup experts:

Fair Skin Tone – soft pink, light coral, peach blush

  • Don’t use too much product
  • The key is to apply lightly

Medium Skin Tonedeeper shades of pink blushes, certain shades of mauve

  • Apply a little bit more
  • Add mauve to get more edges for depth

Dark Skin Tone – red, deep fuchsia, warm brown, tangerine

  • Target the round of your cheeks
  • Dark shades for warm skin tones and bolder shades for cooler skin tones

*Extra Tip: If you’re still having trouble finding the right shade for your skin tone, you can use your natural lip color as a guide. Just rub your lips (make sure there’s no lipstick) together until they’re flushed. Then just find a blush color that would match your lips and—voila!—you got the perfect shade of blush for your skin tone.

Blending It Well


Blending is, I think, the key to avoid that stringed puppet look. That’s because if not blended well, your blush would look streaky and patchy, and of course, unnatural and in applying blush, the key is to always go for that natural look. For perfect blending, you’re going to be needing the right type of brush that would work well with you: the blush brush for swirling and blending application; stippling brush for picking up less product; blending brush for “buffing“ application; and sponge for heavy application.

*Extra Tip: One way of making sure that your blush would blend well is by using your fingers instead of a brush to spread out the product evenly.

Choosing the Right Formula


There are three different types of blush available in the market today. You just have to find the right formula that would work well with your skin. Here’s the lowdown on each one:

  • Powder Blush – great for all skin types but works very well for oily skin.
  • Cream Blush – best for dry skin as it hydrates skin while wearing it.
  • Stain/Liquid Blush – for long-lasting performance and for oily skinned as well, perfect for athletes.Lastly, keep in mind that these are just rough guides to help you out. Of course you still have to spend hours doing it to actually perfect the art of applying blush.

Well, that’s it! Hope you find these tips useful. You can also comment below if you have any questions.