How to Apply Blush on Round Face? – A Complete Expert Guide for a Slimming Sculpted Look!

by Stephanie Yankova

Is blush suitable for a less angular face? How and where do you apply it? What’s the best formula and which brush should I use? If you’ve just started playing around with makeup, and you’re still learning the ropes, it’s understandable why blush can seem quite intimidating. I assure you, that with the right technique and set of tools, you’ll be a pro before you know it! Let’s give you a fabulous makeover with these simple step-by-step guide showing you how to apply blush on round face!

Does Blush Suit Round Faces?

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Round faces are the perfect canvas for applying blush. They’re soft, symmetrical, and evenly proportionate which allows you to blush your features with ease! Whether you’re using a powder or cream blush, your aim should be to achieve a heart-shaped form. Research shows that the female face appears to be more conventionally flattering when it’s narrow at the chin, gradually getting wider at the cheeks with a defined angular dimension.

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 How to Apply Blush on Round Face?

Before you dive into the application of the blush, you first need to make sure that you have the right tools. Depending on the formula of the product, the color, and the brush you can create either a dramatic, a soft and minimal, or an editorial look. Here are some expert tips that can help you achieve perfect blushed cheeks every single time!

Step 1: Choose Your Blush

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The most common mistake you can make when applying blush on a round face for the first time is to overdo it. Less angular faces normally suit a more subtle touch of blush, which is why I would advise you against using hyperpigmented products if you’re a beginner. Remember, blush is buildable, so you can always add more if you decide to do so. However, once it’s on, you can’t take it off without removing the rest of your makeup! Some great products on the market that you can look into are:

  • beautyblender Bounce Liquid Whip Cream Blush – This blush has a really soft and easy-to-apply hybrid formula that goes from cream to blush once you work it into your skin. It’s rich in vitamin C and hyaluronic acid which boost your skin’s radiance while retaining moisture and protecting it from free radicals. Can be used on both cheeks and lips.
  • SIMIHAZE BEAUTY Sun Flush All-Over Face Tint Liquid Blush – This liquid tint has a multipurpose vitamin-packed formula that can be used both on your cheeks and eyelids. It has a natural matte finish, perfect for a “no makeup” look.
  • Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Blush Stick – This is one of the best blushes you can use if you’re a beginner. It’s another multiuse formula that can be applied anywhere on your face. It’s made from skin-nurturing natural ingredients such as avocado and apricot oil, and mango butter which will keep your skin soft and moisturized all day long! Because it’s in a stick packaging you can easily apply it on-the-go without even using a brush! Simply use your fingers to tap it onto your skin, and you’re done!
  • tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – If you’re after a product that’s going to stay intact for 24 hours – this is the one. Amazon clay is one of the most long-lasting natural pigments that will give you true and natural wear all day long! It’s also enriched with vitamin E, which is an active antioxidant and emollient. Because of how pigmented this blush is, one pack will last you a long time. It’s ideal for people with oily skin.

Step 2: Choose Your Brush

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In order to create a perfect seamless blushed look you need to use the right brush! The market is over-saturated with all different kinds of brushes and the process of choosing the right one is often overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’ve picked out the 4 best blush brushes for 2023 for flawless results with a single stroke!

  • Best for defined sculpted look – Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
  • Best for cream blush – Merit Brush No.1 tapered blending brush
  • Best for all blush formulas – Wet n Wild Blush Brush
  • Best for powder blush – Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Powder Brush

Step 3: Contour Your Cheeks

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When you have a round face, and you want to achieve a more defined dimensional look, experts suggest contouring your face before applying blush. Use your favorite bronzer, powder foundation, or concealer that’s 1 or 2 shades darker than your natural complexion to contour your cheekbone. We use contour to reduce our facial features, however, in order for it to work we need to create brighter spots that accentuate other parts of our face. This way we build a well-balanced and dimensional look. For the areas that we want to highlight we’re going to apply a concealer that is 1 or 2 shades lighter than our natural complexion.

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As we mentioned earlier, when contouring a round face the goal is to make your features more heart-shaped. To do that, first, you have to apply the lighter concealer using the following technique:

  1. Apply the light concealer under both eyes and in the middle of your forehead in an upside-down triangular shape.
  2. Underline your eyebrows starting from the middle of the brow and extending towards the outer tip.
  3. Draw a line right across the middle of your nose all the way to its tip.
  4. Finally, draw another inverted triangle right in the center of your chin.

Once you’ve highlighted all areas you’re going to move on to contouring:

  1. Take the darker concealer and start applying it from the center to the outermost sides of your forehead.
  2. When you get to the temples move down the far edges of the jawline.
  3. The contouring line finishes right under your cheekbones.
  4. Finally, add two lines on both sides of your nose bridge.

Once you’re done, take a blending brush and start working the products slowly into the skin in a circular motion going outwards, not inwards. Finish off by using a damp beauty blender for a seamless look without any harsh lines!

Step 4: Apply the Blush

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When you’re applying blush on a round face you need to start softly. The blush should sit slightly higher on your cheekbones. An easy trick you can use to determine the perfect position is to smile as you’re applying it. You will feel your cheeks lifting when you smile, and the blush should go right on the top of the bone. You can also you the outer corner of your eye as a guideline. The reason why experts suggest wearing your blush slightly higher when you have a round face is because it gives you a more sculpted and lifted appearance.  This way you get the definition without further accentuating on the roundness of your cheeks.

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