Blush Hack: Quick Rosy Cheeks Makeup Tutorial

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
8 Materials
10 Minutes

Today, I have a quick rosy cheek makeup tutorial for you. This blush hack is ideal for those of you who struggle with blush application, whether it is because your blush applies patchy, or too strongly.

The goal is to aid the longevity of the blush while achieving a smooth finish on the skin.

Tools and materials:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Powder blush
  • Finishing powder 
  • Angled powder brush
  • Makeup sponge
Applying base makeup

1. Apply base makeup

Apply your regular base makeup to your face.

I’ve applied foundation, concealer, a bit of bronzer around the circumference of my face as well as a tiny amount of setting powder through the center (down the nose) to tame excess oil.

At this point, the cheek area should only have foundation and bronzer.

Be sure to use a finishing powder for this step, rather than the setting powder. The difference is that a setting powder tends to be more talcy. Finishing powder is a lot more finely milled.

2. Double dip your powder brush

Dip an angled, powder brush into the blush, and then dip it into your finishing powder.

You can see on your brush that the colors are layered, not fully blended.

Applying the finishing powder at the same time as the blush will create that seamless look.

Powder brush

3. Apply the blush and finishing powder 

Next, using a light hand, apply the blush and finishing powder in circular motions to the cheekbones.

You are essentially applying the blush as well as setting the foundation with the finishing powder that we mixed in. 

Applying the blush and finishing powder

Repeat for the other cheek, starting with dipping the brush in the blush and finishing powder again.

You can tap off the excess from the brush before applying if necessary.

Applying the blush and finishing powder

Lightly buff the combination onto your skin in circular motions as you did before.

Applying the blush and finishing powder

4. Press

Using a slightly damp makeup sponge, press the area of the blush for a seamless finish. 

Pressing blush with makeup sponge

5. Apply finishing powder

Go in over the top with a bit of finishing powder if you need to tone down the color.

Applying finishing powder

So here is the final look of this flawless, blush hack. Finish off the look with your favorite eye makeup and lip color. 

Rosy cheeks makeup

Rosy cheeks makeup

Tip 1: If you find you have lots of vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) and this method enhances those tiny hairs, give your face a spritz with a setting spray or facial mist once you are finished. This will help to diminish excess powder. 

Tip 2: You can swap in bronzer instead of blush if you want a more subdued look. 

I hope you loved this rosy cheek makeup tutorial. Let me know if you try it in the comments below.

For more tips, tricks and hacks, check out my post on How to Contour Your Eyes.

Suggested materials:
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
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