3 Ways To Wear Blush This Holiday Season

Get your rosy-cheeked glamour on with these awesome tutorials.
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Get your rosy-cheeked glamour on with these awesome tutorials.

As we cruise into the holiday season, our attention turns to party glamour, and one of the key components to any amazing party look is blush. Forever one of my magical products, the right color and placement makes your skin glow and sets off the rest of your makeup perfectly.

So here are three ways to wear blush (and look amazing) right now, and during all of tomorrow’s parties.

1. The Apples

It turns out that this is a somewhat controversial blush placement. PLENTY of people think that you should never ever for any reason wear blush on the parts of your cheeks that get chubby when you smile.

apples of cheeks

My apples are maximum chubby and I love them.

I don’t care very much about other people’s opinions on my makeup, because I still really like this look (even as it is no longer my go-to).

I’m using Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten here, which is an awesome pink-gold shade.

Tarte blush swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten, swatched.

Here’s how to do it.

Smile naturally so that you can see the apples of your cheeks. Brush a little blush onto the lower part of the apples (unblended placement shown in picture 1 below). Blend the color up and out with small circles (2). You can extend the shape out toward your temples a little, but try to keep the majority of the color on your chubby apples (3).

blush placement apples

Getting the rosiest apples!

The finished look is fresh faced and rosy-cheeked--like you’ve just been running around outside in the snow. I’d wear this with berry lips and shimmery taupe eye shadow to visit my family over the holidays; the warm pink blush stops me from looking too drawn with my dark hair and cool-toned lips.

pink holiday blush

Warm apples + cool lips = swoon!

And before you ask: The lipstick is L'Oreal Colour Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipgloss in Berry Persistent.

2. The Cheekbones

Even if you are not from Cheekbone Planet, this is a great way to enhance your angles and add color.  

I’m using NARS Blush in Super Orgasm here, a natural rose pink with gold glitter, which I love, because SPARKLE MOTION.

super orgasm swatch

Super Orgasm swatch.

And here’s how we do.

Smile naturally so that you can see both the apple of your cheeks and your cheekbone (shown below in picture 1)--don’t Cheshire Cat grin or it’ll mess up your placement. Sweep the blush from the apple along the cheekbone toward the temple like a Nike swoosh (2). Blend it really well up into your hairline to avoid harsh lines, and you’re done (3).

blush cheekbones tutorial

Cheekbone blush. Not pictured: ALL the gold glitter.

The end result is a natural flush of color that adds a little bit of contour to the face, without making you look like a mannequin or an arsonist. I’d wear this to a fancy party with a great black dress and deep red lips (this is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella).

blush red lips

Pink cheeks and red lips are perfection.

Simple and striking. This is how I've been wearing my blush a lot lately.

3. Under The Eyes

If you’d have told me that my super-dramatic Princess Bubblegum blush application would be something that people were hyped on, I would have sentenced you to one million years dungeon. But you were, and while this is definitely A Lot Of Look, it can be very striking when deployed correctly.

I’m using my most beloved NARS Blush in Desire, a cool-toned, SUPER bright pink (and a light hand, because seriously).

nars desire swatch

Desire swatch.

And this is how we do it.

Apply the blush along the hollow of your cheekbone, bringing it up to the temple and around the tail of your eyebrow (shown below in picture 1). Starting about halfway under your eye, apply more blush in a C shape, avoiding your apples and following the natural curve of your cheek downward (2). Make sure that everything is blended REALLY well, and the look is complete (3). Your blush shape will look like the number 3, with a verrry long middle arm.

pink blush tutorial

The unbearable pinkness of being returns!

Like I said: this is a major look, but if it’s applied well, it’s really fun (and a little editorial, which is cool). I’d wear this to a fashion-y holiday party with a glittery cat-eye and light lips.

glitter cat eye

This blush brings the drama.

  • So now you tell me: which of these three looks is your favorite? 
  • How do you wear your blush? 
  • What’s going to be your go-to holiday party time look this year?