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How To Apply Blush For Your Face Shape

Posted Jan 06 2009 12:00am

If you look real closely and study yourself and your friends, we all have different shaped faces-that's what makes us all beautifully unique! But we can usually categorize the shape God gave us into one of three categories:

  1. Long/Oval
  2. Square/Heart
  3. Round

Whether or not you like your long drawn out face or your strong squared jawline, you can definitely work with your face shape by the way you apply your blush.

First, make sure you have a great tool to work with. A small angled blush brush like Sonia Kashuk's contoured blush brush ($12.99) is great start. You want a brush that is soft and dome shaped as it will distribute the color more naturally than a flat brush with hard stiff bristles. If you want a pricier angled brush that will last forever (if you treat it correctly and wash it often!) try Shu Uemura's Natural Brush 20H brush ($50).

Long/Oval: For a long face that you want to shorten slightly, balance out the long length of your face by applying the blush in horizontal strokes. Keep the application of color a bit more wide since you've got more cheek to work with. If your face tends to be more oval then take your horizontal strokes and sweep them up slightly towards your temples.

Square/Heart: To soften a strong square jawline, apply your blush in small circles. Center the color right underneath the pupil of your eye focusing on the natural apple of your cheek.

Round: When you want to add more definition to your cherub-like round face, basically follow your cheekbones - or where you wish they would be! Sweep the blush up in a 45 degree angle starting in the center of the apple of your cheek underneath your pupils.

Have fun sculpting your face with one of the easiest makeup products around - BLUSH!

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