The Do's and Don'ts of Wearing Blush

Applying too much blush or not enough can entirely throw your makeup look for a loop. It's important to know how to use blush daily that will only make your skin glow and look healthy. How do you choose between creams, powders, and which brushes and tools are best to apply blush?В

1. DON'T: Use too much of a contrast in color

Makeup artists have an amazing way of creating some of the most beautiful looks on models. While you might flip open a magazine and see a bright pink or orange blush on porcelain skin for a fashionВ editorial, this is not to be tried at home for the every day woman, as it can be fairly distracting. Using too much of a contrasting color can backfire, leaving you with streaks and sometimes a dirty or muddyВ looking finish andВ effect on the cheek.

DO: Use sheer blush tones and build pigment on the apples of the cheeks until you get the desired color that you'reВ looking for. It's much easier to build and blend color than it is to take away. If you're fair skinned, try a soft light pink or peach color, one that looks natural.В If you have olive skin, opt for warmer tones with bronze, and if you have a darker skin toneВ you can play around with berry and plum like coloredВ blushes for a nice pop and highlight of color.

Top Product Pick:В NARS Powder Blush in "Amour"

Unsure how to contour your face? The key is knowing what areas to contour and highlight, and using a powder slightly warmer than your natural skin color so it looks exactly that, natural!

2. DON'T: Forget to blend

If you apply blush on the apples of the cheeks without blending, it will appear as if it's just sitting on the skin, almost clown like. The key is to blend cream so that it looks like a soft wash of color on the cheeks and natural.В

Need some great blending tools but not sure where to start? Try this spongeВ for cream blush, or this brush to apply cream and powder blushes.

DO: Blend, blend, blend! Your blush should be blended from the apple of the cheek in an upward motion along the cheekbone. Lightly blend with a blush brush until it looks even and natural, no exaggeratedВ lines. Blending is essential to making makeup look professionally applied, and will help your makeup last a lot longer, too.

3. DON'T: Wear blushes with a lot of glitter particles

This can cause glitter to stay on parts of the face and be more distracting than you might want it to be, along with it being a bit tougher to remove when the day is done. A great way to test out how blush is going to appear on the skin is to try it out before actually committing to buying it and seeing for yourself how much shimmer actually stays on the face. You can test products in the department store first to find the right one for you.

DO: Use blush that has a subtle shimmer and hi-lighting effect that is soft and natural. Just enough that when the light hits your skin, you cast a beautiful glow, versus a product that might come off too glittery. A great way to add radiance to the skin is by using a cream blushВ or a liquid highlighter,В which you can work into the skin with your fingers for a beautiful finish. When using a liquid highlighter, dot the areas on the face you want highlighted and then blend into the skin.

Top Product Picks: Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette, Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer