5 Blusher Tips That Will Transform Your Make-up Routine

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It's the instant perkifier that you dash on in a flash to look more awake. But do you think about how to apply it? Here's the best blush advice we've ever heard. Fact.

1. THUMB A LIFT

We love a built-in beauty trick. Did you know that the shape and size of your thumb pads (that fleshy, oval bit at the base of your thumb) is the exact size and shape of your cheekbones? Press the pad of your thumb into cream blusher and then press against your cheekbones for the perfect shaped flush. Make-up guru Alex Box told us this little nugget backstage so you know it's pretty much gospel.

2. GO UNDER COVER

If you love your bright pink blusher but want to play it down so you can wear a statement lip too, apply it under your powder or sheer foundation. Not wearing a base? Get the same subtle effect by switching your round blusher brush for a fan brush. They don't dump product in the same way giving an even spread of colour in a more delicate effect.

3. KEEP IT IN YOUR EYELINE

Natalia Vodianova's had professionals do her make-up for years but she told us the best tip she's picked up from the pros is to do with blusher. Said hack? She dots her blush directly in line with her pupils where a flush would naturally appear post-exercise so it looks like it's come from within.

4. GET SPORTY

Not up for looking too polished or 'glam'? Fine. Wearing your blusher in a faint vertical sweep (think Nike 'tick'), under the cheekbones will give you that virtuous outdoorsy look. Marc Jacobs global make-up artist Gilbert Soliz recommends using a neutral blush for subtle dimension and which also means you can play up the lips with something bolder for the evening.


Marc Jacobs Air Blush, £28, in Lines & Last Night

5. MAKE UP AND WAKE UP

Backstage make-up maestro Tom Pecheux let slip that when models are looking a tad tired from their hectic schedules, he'll apply a dot of pink blush a third of the way along their eyelids to counteract the blueness of any tiny veins or dark circles. Definitely copying that one!
 

 
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