How to Apply Blush for Every Face Shape

Ever wondered how to apply blush like a makeup artist? Taking into account your face shape and unique features, the perfect blusher placement can seem like a tricky technique to master. We’ve got you covered, though. Follow our guide on how to highlight your angles while boosting your natural glow with our go-to blusher tips and tricks…

If Your Face is Round...

Use blusher to sculpt your features for a defined look. When choosing your blusher shade, opt for soft, natural hue rather than a bold, shimmering powder; these can reflect the light to make the face appear wider and more round.

Step 1: Suck in cheeks to reveal your cheekbones, then swirl an angled blusher brush into a neutral shade of Crème Puff Blush, like Nude Mauve or Alluring Rose, tapping off the excess into the compact.

Step 2: Apply blusher directly onto cheekbones, moving the brush upwards and outwards to the top of your ear.

Step 3: Using a clean, fluffy powder brush, buff lightly in circular motions for a soft-focus, natural-looking finish.

Model applying blusher, using a tapered blush brush. Look created by Max Factor.
Model applying blusher using a full, fluffy powder brush. Look created by Max Factor.

If Your Face is Square...

Your forehead, jawline and cheekbones are all roughly the same width. To soften angular features, use a complexion-enhancing shade, like a shimmering peach blusher, and a touch of highlight to diffuse natural light across your face.

Step 1: Smile, then dot a glow-boosting shade of Miracle Touch Creamy Blush directly onto apples of cheeks using fingertips or a fluffy brush.

Step 2: Lightly blend blusher across apples of cheeks, moving outwards to the edge of your eyebrow for a healthy flush.

Step 3: Use fingertips to warm up a small pump of Miracle Glow Pro Universal Highlighter, then tap onto cheekbones and under the brow bone, catching the light to soften your angles.

If Your Face is Heart-Shaped...

Your forehead will be wider than your jawline and your chin slightly pointed. To enhance your facial features, use a sculpting blusher technique to balance out proportions, creating instant definition.

Step 1: Dip an angled blush brush into a sculpting blusher shade, like Crème Puff Blush in Nude Mauve, tapping off excess powder so as not to overload on pigment.

Step 2: Use the angled blush brush to hug cheekbones, applying to the hollows and sweeping around the apples of your cheeks in a ‘C’ shape, finishing at the temples.

Step 3: Take a clean, fluffy powder brush and buff in circular motions for perfectly-blended, natural-looking definition.

Model wearing soft pink blusher on cheeks. Look created by Max Factor.
Model wearing pink blusher on cheeks. Look created by Max Factor.

If Your Face is Oval...

The right blusher application will create the illusion of shortening your features and accentuating natural bone structure. Pair a fresh, natural-looking blusher with a sculpting shade under cheekbones to lightly contour your look.

Step 1: Starting in line with the middle of your eye, apply your shade of Crème Puff Blush

Step 2: Next, apply a contouring shade to suit your skin tone from the Miracle Contouring Palette. Use fingertips to apply into the hollows of cheeks, hugging and sculpting the cheekbone as you blend.

Step 3: To finish, use the lightest shade in Miracle Contouring Palette to highlight the very tops of cheekbones and under the brow bone. Flawless.

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