The first time I used blush I was about 15. I had no idea how to use it so I just happily swept away and once done I looked like a clown with two bright pink spots on my cheeks! It took me a few good years (blush application is tricky and very easy to get wrong) to finally master the technique, but every now and then, I still overapply.
This usually happens when I buy a new pigmented blush. With my pale skin, I have to be extra careful cos overdoing blush is even easier. But anyone can make this mistake and when you do, there is no need to reach for your makeup remover. That’ll only mean that you’ll have to reapply all your makeup (foundation, concealer etc) again. Instead, try these tips below:
1. Translucent powder is your ally
If you used too much blush and now look clownish, simply swirl your brush into your translucent powder and tap off any excess. Now that you only have a hint of powder on your brush, buff it onto your overapplied blush. It will tone it down to give a more natural look.
2. Translucent powder works even better with a cotton ball
For years, I used the translucent powder tip above until recently I came across Renee’s post on how to fix overdone blush where she suggests using a cotton ball first. Basically, all you need to do is to lightly sweep a cotton pad over the blush in a circular motion. This will pick up some of the color from your cheeks. Next, using your blush or kabuki brush, apply some translucent powder on top of it and blend well to soften any harsh lines. The translucent powder trick always worked well for me but now that I use it together with a cotton ball, I noticed correcting mistakes is a lot easier and the result more natural. Thanks Renee!
3. Fix cream blush with foundation
The tricks above work very well with powder blushes but when I overapply cream ones I fix them in a different way. What I do is put a small drop of foundation on my hand, gently dip a duo fibre brush like the MAC 187 in it, go over the blush with it and blend well. Not only it will make the blush look more natural, the makeup also won’t look cakey!
What do you do when you overload on blush?