From the top of the cheekbone to big rouge circles on the center of the cheek, blush has had a lot of different homes in years gone by. So where do the pros currently think it belongs?
On Its Own: Apples of the Cheeks
When you’re not doing a full highlight-blush-contour sandwich, blend your blush from the apple of the cheeks up and down the cheekbone with a medium-sized blush brush like the Sigma F10. This helps to set off the natural contour of the cheekbone without making you look overly flushed.
BECCA Luminous Blush, Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour, and Mirenesse Marble Mineral Blush + Highlighter all wear very well on their own by providing a luminous finish that doesn’t look too shimmery or shiny. A luminous blush on its own helps to add dimension to your face and boost your glow.
With Contour/Highlight: The Filling in the Sandwich
When applying blush as well as a contour and highlight, your blush should blend right into the area between the contour of the face and the upper side of the cheekbone, where highlighter goes. The blush shouldn’t stand out but should provide additional definition and keep the contour and highlight from looking unnatural.
New to contouring with a blush in the mix? Dip a toe into the game with Designer Brands Cream Contour Kit Light Medium or Medium Dark and a blush such as Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in a shade that's right for you.
Blend the highlight onto the top of the cheekbone and the blush on the apple of your cheek, just above the cheek contour. Blend the contour cream beneath it, following the natural contour of your face. You’ll be a full complexion master in no time!