They say the right blush placement takes ten years off your face! But how do you determine the right placement? Turns out your face shape has a lot to do with how you apply blush. To create a natural flush with your blush you simply have to work with your face shape. I for one always felt that blush tends to weigh down my makeup look, and for good reason. I applied it wrong! Even though there are no rules in beauty and how you apply your makeup is a 100 percent up to you, but there’s no harm in learning a trick or two. A little guidance always comes in handy and it’s up to you to make the best of it. So how do you apply your blush to best compliment your face shape?
First of all let’s determine your face shape shall we?? Using a measuring tape measure horizontally across your forehead, jaw, and cheeks at their widest points and write down the measurements. Now measure the length of your face forehead to chin and write it down.
With square faces the width of the forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all almost the same. Round faces might have the same measurements as square faces except they have rounded corners. With oval faces, the forehead is larger than the jawline (which is usually rounded), and the face length is bigger than the width of the cheekbones. With long faces, the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are close in size but the face length is the largest. With heart-shaped faces the forehead is usually the widest part of the face and the chin will be pointed, they might have a widow’s peak hairline. Diamond-shaped faces usually have pointed chins, high cheekbones and a narrow hairline.
Prior to delving into the face shape discussion let’s first set a few golden rules for applying blush. Some of these rules will shock you so keep an open mind!
- Never smile when applying blush as this area will drop when you stop smiling.
- A c-shaped blush application under the eye area and on top of the cheekbones will highlight the eye area and lift the face.
- Start light and build up the blush strength.
- Keep in mind that blush is intended to draw the eye up.
- Blend, blend, blend.
- Consider both skin tone and eye color when choosing blush colors.
Oval shaped faces like Rihanna’s and Angelina Jolie’s are also considered “curved rectangles” and they look better when the outer edges of the face are played up to fake the look of more width. This is best created with blush applied starting from the middle of the cheek, and not directly on the apples of the cheeks. Starting from the middle of the cheek extend the color upwards and outwards towards your earlobes. Don’t apply blush under your cheekbones at all costs.
Round full-cheeked faces like Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling, and Kate Bosworth have it easy. To create some sort of a lifting effect for their round faces, they’re encouraged to place the blush a tad lower than the apples of their cheeks (but not under the cheekbones) while extending it towards the hairline. Don’t apply blush directly to the apples of the cheeks as this will make the face look rounder. You may also want to stay away from shimmery blush as it can make your face look rounder as well.
Heart-shaped faces like Reese’s are lucky because they usually have naturally high cheekbones, and if anything they should be further accentuated. To do this, blush should be applied to the low side of the apples of your cheeks. Apply blush in a semicircle or a ‘c’ shape extending towards your temples and hairline making sure most of the blush stays on the apples. You may benefit from some blush on your forehead to create some balance.
Square-shaped faces like Hailey Baldwin and Olivia Wilde’s are usually blessed with strong prominent angles and chins, and though this is a blessing but the face might benefit from some induced softness using blush. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks in a circular motion staying close to the nose. The blush should be lightly extended to the hairline, with the pigment reaching the tips of the brows if you need more softening of the face. This technique will make the cheeks appear rounded yet well sculpted.
Long faces long for width. To create that effect aim to blend the blush across the cheeks starting under the pupils going towards the ears to direct attention to the sides of the face which helps in giving off a wider look.
Diamond shaped faces like J Lo’s and Taylor Swift should aim to draw attention to the lower half of the face. This can be done by applying blush to the tops of the cheekbones blending all the way to the bottoms of the ears.