1. Pick the best shade—and consistency—for your skin. The most flattering blush will match the natural flush of your skin. To pinpoint the right shade, check the pad of your index finger; that's the color you're looking for. If you have fine lines or dry skin, avoid shimmery blushes and look for very soft powders or creams that melt into skin.
2. Bright blush can accentuate blotchiness, so before applying it, use a light foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out discoloration or redness. Cover up blemishes or age spots with concealer on a small nylon brush.
3. Smile! Now apply the blush (with a natural bristle brush for powders, your fingers for creams) at the highest point of the apples of your cheeks. Blend it outward, in small circles, until it has disappeared seamlessly into your skin. If the color looks too intense, use a dry sponge to pick up excess pigment.
4. Give your lips and eyes soft washes of color that balance the blush without overwhelming it. Try a sheer pink or tangerine gloss, and a taupey eyeshadow with two coats of mascara.
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