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Blush Contouring: How to and the Most Pinned Blushes!

It seems as though the contouring movement has been alive and well for years now. Makeup artists as well as drag superstars have been putting the technique to work for decades, while the rest of us have only just hopped on in the 2010s. A couple of years back it was all about the contour, and while people still use the technique every day you hardly hear about it anymore. That is, until blush contouring gave it the comeback it needed.

What is Blush Contouring?

Blush contouring is basically what it sounds like. While the techniques may differ and the products vary, blush contouring is essentially contouring using a blush product. Rather than turning to cooler toned taupes or bronze colors like we’re used to, this form of contouring using blushes instead and forgoes the typical contour shades.

How To Contour With Blush

What has made this trend go so viral is the difference in effect. We’re used to contouring typically shading our face and creating shadows in the contours of our face. Suddenly, we’re told this method includes applying brighter colors to those very areas. Similarly to contouring, blush contouring can be achieved in a number of different methods depending on the desired effect.

To Elongate

If you have a shorter or fatter face, then you may want to turn to contouring to help you slim it out and elongate your face. Blush contouring can give you the same effect when applied the right away.

We typically apply blush to the apples of our cheeks, but if we want to slim our faces down you want to do the exact opposite. Instead of the apples, apply your blush to the outer edges of your cheeks coming down. This narrow outer edge blush gives your face more length and definition.

To Round Out

On the alternate side, you may have a longer and narrow face that you are looking to round out. When blush contouring a slimmer face, you want to take the opposite approach. While in the previous technique we focused on a narrow, diagonal angle of blush contouring, you want to take more of a centered approach here.

Start at the outer edge of your face but brush in more of a horizontal direction ending at the apples of your cheeks. This inward motion will give your face a rounder effect to leave you looking more youthful and plump.

To Lift

Now, here’s our favorite way to use blush contouring. While we can surely pop by the doctor’s office and get a few injections of botox or a face lift, we prefer to fake it! Blush contouring is best known for its lifting and anti-aging effects.

To get a lifted effect, you want to focus your blush on your cheekbones. This is typically where we might highlight, but using a blush in an upward motion at our cheekbones instantly gives you a dramatic lift!

The Most Pinned Blushes

As with any true makeup trend, blush contouring came about through Pinterest. More and more pins were flooding in showing the methods of blush contour as well as the most popular products used for it. Here are some of the most pinned blushes used for blush contouring.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter
Luminous Blush in Camelia

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Hot Spice


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