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What tools do I need to apply blush?

When applied properly blush can look fantastic, done incorrectly, it can ruin your look! Getting the right blush tools is the first step to getting that perfect rosy flushed look.
 
There are different types of tools recommended for different types of blush, for example when applying a cream formula, some like to use their fingers because it can be easy to control how much product you are using. Also, the product becomes warm from the heat of your skin, which means it blends easily and the end result looks natural. This technique is particularly effective if you want to get that rosy, in-from-the-cold look on the apples of the cheeks. If however, you want to contour and shape with blush, use a brush.
 
The skimpy brush that comes with most powder compacts should be thrown away. They are normally way too small to get the desired effect from blush. Also using such a tiny brush will take much longer to work the product into the cheeks. If you have a powder blush compact, you’ll need a big, fluffy powder brush; this will help avoid a striped, streaky effect.
 
There are different types of blush brushes as follows:
  • Flat brush for blush- these brushes blend in blush quickly, but the dense bristles gather a lot of colour, so make sure you tap the excess off before you use it.
  • Stippling brush – buy a long feathery synthetic brush as these outlast the natural ones. Use your stippling brush to apply a light covering of blush.
  • Powder brush – as discussed above, this large fluffy brush type is a staple, its wide head leaves behind colour that is soft and diffused. Using a brush that’s large and fluffy will add a sheer luminosity to the cheek.
  • A foundation brush – If you apply your blush with the same brush that you used for your foundation, a bit of foundation residue mixes with your blush. This can lead to a seamless look to the skin.  A foundation brush tapers off at the end, allowing you to go in and sculpt cheekbones with ease.

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