A little flush is all you were really going for and somehow, you ended up with a patchy, streaky blush on your cheeks. While blush can do wonders for your complexion, a botched blush job can make you look a little ridiculous. If you are having some serious issues getting your blush to behave, here is what you need to do.
Exfoliate your skin: A huge factor in getting your makeup to apply smoothly and stay on is your skin’s texture. If it is dry and flaky, your blush — or anything else for that matter — will look streaky, uneven and come right off. Lightly exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle enzyme scrub to remove dead skin cells and flakes that could be messing with your makeup.
Prep and prime first: Do not expect your blush to sit tight and look even when your foundation can’t even do the same. First, be sure to moisturize because everyone knows that dry skin and makeup do not mesh well. Allow you moisturizer to sink into your skin and then use a pea-sized amount of primer for a smooth and even foundation application that won’t budge.
Lay down your foundation: Once you have applied your foundation, use a beauty blender or foundation brush and blend excessively. If your foundation is thicker in some areas than others, this will affect your blush application as well. If your skin is oily, be sure to use a mattifying primer or oil-absorbing foundation, as the natural oils in your skin will cause your cream or powder blush to come out splotchy and streaky.
All in the Blush Brush: When it comes to the matter of blush, any old brush won’t do. There is a strategic reason as to why the bristles are packed the way they are — to ensure a splotch-free application. Packed tightly, with just the right amount of fluff, blush brushes are usually slightly tapered or angled for a precise distribution of product and a naturally blended look.
Blend well: Simply dabbing a hint of blush on the apples of your cheeks will not do. Without blending, your blush will come out looking patchy and unnatural. Using your brush or even a beauty blender (if blush is cream-based), blend from the apples of your cheeks and out toward your cheekbones. A natural flush should essentially melt into your skin and, what it should not do is sit on top of your foundation and look clownish.
Set it: As the day wears on, your blush tends to wear out. Once the pinkish flush fades away, it can start to look splotchy as the pigment breaks down. After blending your foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush — everything — it is time to set your makeup. Using a translucent powder, apply a light veil over skin using a kabuki brush to keep everything in place.