Blusher the best contour trick? You smile, target the fattest part of your cheek and ‘bingo’ that’s where you apply blusher, right? Wrong. If you thought contouring and strobing were the make-up skills you needed to create flattering definition and shape then think again.
In fact, just a little manoeuvre with your blusher brush, and you’ll transform that little pot of rouge into face sculpting multi-tasker – for me, blush is a subtle game-changer that prettifies your entire look. So you see, there’s no need for new products, tools or gadgets, just a little tweak with something that’s already in your make-up bag.
Make-up artist Daniel Sandler suggests that it’s best “to always build up the colour slowly, rather than just popping colour on the apple of cheeks as this can often make a face appear fuller and rounder.”
If you’re not sure which colours suit you, Sandler explains that “pale skins that don’t go ruddy can use soft pinks and peaches, warmer skin tones look better with pinkier tones and dark and black skin can use either pink, peach or bronze so it compliment the lip colour.”
Here Sandler gives us a guide to the best blusher application for your face shape:
Blusher If you have an oval face shape…
The characteristics of an oval face are prominent cheekbones and a chin that’s slightly narrower than the forehead.
Oval faces are flattered by blusher that follows the angle of the cheekbones. Credit: Stewart Cook/REX Shutterstock/REX
You can use your blusher to easily sharpen and ‘lift’ your cheekbones. To do this simply apply your blusher slightly above the highest point of the cheekbone. This will give the illusion of a more angular cheekbone and create definition.
If your face shape is long…
A long face is similar in length to an oval face-shape with the forehead, cheekbones and chin being the same width.
Blush looks best high on the very top of cheekbones of long faces. Credit: Richard Young/REX Shutterstock/REX
Target your blush on the upper edges of the cheekbones, roughly underneath the outer corners of your eyes. Avoid the blush extending below the top of the nose as this will lengthen the face.
If your face shape is square…
With a square face the forehead, cheekbones and chin are roughly the same width.
Applied slightly below cheekbones is the most flattering placement for blusher on a square shape face. Credit: Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock/REX
The perfect placement for blusher on a square face is slightly below the cheekbones. Placing the colour into the hollows of the cheeks will create softness.
Blusher For round face shapes…
A round face is characterised by being roughly the same width and length.
Stick to matte pigments to avoid shimmer or sheen adding glare and roundness. Credit: Matt Baron/REX Shutterstock/REX
Placement is one element for perfect blusher on a round face. As your facial angles aren’t prominent you can use your blush to fake them, by drawing blusher from the ear and then directly down the cheekbones. The second element is texture – avoid shimmer and sheen in your pigments as this will emphasise roundness. Matte pigments will work best for you.
If you have a heart-shaped face…
Noticeably high cheekbones against a wide forehead and a narrow chin.
Use blusher to soften the sharpness of heart-shaped angles. Credit: David Fisher/REX Shutterstock/REX
If this is you, the aim here is softening what is otherwise angular with your blusher brush. The most flattering placement is on the outer corner of your cheekbones. Don’t blend blusher out too far, instead keep it high and precise.
Blusher The Best Contour Trick For triangle-shaped faces…
Similar to a heart-shaped face, but your angles will be slightly sharper. High cheekbones will stand-out against a narrow, pointed chin.
Triangle face shapes benefit from ‘sideways v’ that crosses cheekbones and brows. Credit: Matt Baron/REX Shutterstock/REX
Apply blush in a sideways V-shape on the cheekbone. Blend up from your cheekbone to your temple and then extend the blush over your brow slightly. This will help balance the width of your forehead and the rest of your face.