Blusher can look super pretty worn blended onto the apples of the cheeks, but we don’t always want a girly effect. You could forgo blusher entirely and just work that contoured look, but a pop of blusher on the cheeks is a flattering, complexion-enhancing way to add colour to the face without the commitment of a bold lip or a bright eyeshadow. So how do you ensure your blusher is as cool as you? It’s all in the placement. Keep scrolling for makeup artist Pablo Rodriguez's three tips for applying blusher the cool-girl way. Hint: It’s all about being real.
Using a cream or powder blusher start on the apples of your cheeks and blend the colour down low. This will give the effect of having been out in the cold and your cheeks have become naturally flushed. It’s really credible and is a great way to wear blusher in winter. Choose the shade of blusher based on the colour your cheeks usually turn on a frosty day, since you’re mimicking what happens naturally.
The Elle UK beauty team coined the term "stripping" to describe the technique of applying blusher or bronzer onto one cheek across the nose and over to the other cheek in a stripe (hence the name, what were you thinking?!). Again, this looks more realistic than just applying to the apples. It gives the effect of having caught the sun, so choose a blusher with undertones of terracotta to get this look.
Dust a little blusher onto your hairline around your forehead. It shouldn’t be really noticeable, it’s just there to add balance to your face, and again to make the colour in your complexion look like a real glow from within, rather than fake glow from a product. Do this with blusher in winter and switch to using a bronzer in summer.
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