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Pro Tips For Flattering Blush Placement

Similar to eyeshadow and bronzer, where one places blush deeply impacts the overall makeup look. For instance, placing the pigment too close to the nose can close off the face, says NYC-based makeup artist Karina Milan. Alternatively, heavy blush placed on the apples of the cheeks creates the illusion of a rounder face. These aren’t incorrect per se, but rather indicators of the power of blush placement. While there is a general rule of thumb for where to place your blush (more on that below), our advanced blush placement tips and tricks go beyond the basics to achieve different, ultra-flattering looks.

Ahead, Milan and fellow makeup artist Manuel Espinoza offer up their go-to techniques for beautiful and easy blush placement. 

WHERE EXACTLY DOES BLUSH GO?

For the most natural blush application, one should apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. To find yours, Espinoza recommends spending some time looking at yourself in the mirror — then smile. When you do, the apples of your cheek will naturally lift. For added help, Milan offers this trick: "I place two fingers next to my nose, and I place [the blush] on the outsides of those two fingers and sweep it up towards the temples."

If you’re also wearing bronzer and highlight, blush will essentially go in between the two. Espinoza says highlight goes on the high plane of your cheek to add a spotlight to the top of the cheekbone and enhance that area. On the other hand, Milan says, bronzer goes just below the cheekbone area to help sculpt the face. Making a kissy face will make it easier to find the hollow area below the cheekbone.

THREE EASY BLUSH PLACEMENT TECHNIQUES TO TRY NOW

"I PLACE TWO FINGERS NEXT TO MY NOSE, AND I PLACE [THE BLUSH] ON THE OUTSIDES OF THOSE TWO FINGERS AND SWEEP IT UP TOWARDS THE TEMPLES."

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