A Hack To Soften Dark Blush Into A Light Flush

Create a dewy, soft flush with that harsh blush in the back of your makeup drawer.
Publish date:
March 1, 2015
David Bowie, blush, dewy makeup, hacks, bright blush, winter flush, dark blush

We've all had makeup buyer's remorse, am I right? We end up with a pile of unused, unloved, lonely lipsticks, blush, and eye shadow. Let's focus on those unloved blushes today, the ones that are too bright or too deep.

Start By Taking Your Cheeks Back In Time

A layer of foundation is already in place under the blush. Apply your blush in your normal fashion, then continue to apply it evenly with more pigment. Keep it proportionate and evenly distributed on the skin. You'll see why by the time we are finished. David Bowie circa 1978 would be proud of your before photo.

Make A Makeup Cocktail

Now grab your foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer, whatever you use for your overall complexion. Instead of using a foundation brush, use a flat, dense blending blush. I prefer using natural fibers or a blend of fibers. Natural fibers give a softer blend with little to no streaking.

Mix the foundation with your favorite hydrating primer or serum. This will give your skin a beautiful, hydrated, and smooth texture. (Typically, if I'm using a tinted moisturizer, I'll skip this step.) I highly recommend playing with your own blend if you're using a foundation, but don't use equal parts. For every pump or squeeze of foundation, I suggest adding serum in a quarter to a third of that amount. Stir those components together on your makeup dish, flat surface, or the back of your hand.

This Is Where The Magic Happens

Softly tap the brush directly on top of the mixture and gently buff it around the perimeter of your blush, using light pressure and circular motions continuously all the way around your blush.

As you notice the color diminishing, spiral the brush slowly toward the center of the cheek where the pigment is deepest. As you get closer to the center, reduce the application pressure. A delicate flush will begin to appear.

You can easily adjust this to your personal flair. Keep it deep, go extra delicate, or even use this technique to do a softer contour with that bronzer you purchased last summer.

Best of luck!

  • Are you going to revisit any blushes that didn't work before?
  • What do you do with your unused makeup?