Miki Monroe-Sheridan

Photo: Sara Fleur Abou El Haj

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Swirl a medium-size (not too fluffy) brush over a powder blush, and tap the brush to remove excess powder. (Powder formulas are more foolproof than cream or gel blushes.) Smile, then sweep the brush from the apple of your cheek, up along your cheekbone, to the top of your ear (pull the brush all the way past your hairline).

A couple of rules for choosing the most flattering blush:
If your skin has yellow undertones (like Miki's), look for a pink shade (like BareMinerals Ready Blush in The Tease, $22, BareEscentuals.com).

For a ruddy complexion, use a blush with bronze tones (like Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Spice, $9, Target.com, available mid-March).