Summer is all about that typical glow-from-within look, but layering highlighter isn’t the only way to get there. Blush can help change the shape of your face (much like contouring) and it can also make your skin look more youthful and effortlessly glowy.
The technique we’re looking at today works especially well on faces with defined bone structure, but you can still play around with it even if your jawline and chin are not as defined.
Tip 1: Get the placement right
Blush can quickly begin to look over the top, but that usually happens because it’s put in the wrong place and not because you use too much product.
To avoid looking burnt, keep blush away from the middle of your face. The center of your face is where most of the light lands, which makes anything you put there stand out much more. You want to keep that area highlighted and create shadows on the outside edges of your face.
It’s all about creating balance and the easiest way to go about it is to apply blush on the highest, most prominent parts of your cheeks. This is going to give your skin a youthful appearance, but it will also make the cheeks less round. That way your face will look more proportionate with almost zero effort.
SIDENOTE: Cheeks tend to look much rounder when your chin and jawline are defined, so the goal is to make them look less round and take attention away from your defined features. Blush, contour and highlight can help you do exactly that when applied right.
Tip 2: The perfect match
If you want your blush to look “right”, you also have to pay some attention to the color match. There are roughly two options when it comes to this: you can either match your blush to your skin tone, or match it to your make-up.
If you choose to match it to your skin tone, simply pick a complementary shade. For a cool skin tone pick a blush with a cool undertone and vice versa for a warm skin tone.
If you choose to match the blush to your make-up, use that same logic. You can either match it to your lipstick or eyeshadow, or, if you’re feeling extra, you can match it both to your make-up and skin tone.
Pro-tip: Keep in mind that pinks, reds, oranges and just about every other color can be both cool-toned and warm-toned. It all has to do with the colors that were used to mix the final shade. If you’re feeling confused about this, you can always go for a neutral shade - or ask us for help.
- YSL Kiss & Blush no.2
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