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How to Choose and Apply Blush

Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow shares cheeky advice for getting your look just right.

By Dori Katz

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Powder Blush
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
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Find Your Match

Powder: Good for acne-prone and oily skin types. Less dewy than creams, creating a soft, airbrushed feel.

To Apply: Dip a blush brush into product and tap off excess powder. Sweep from apple of cheek to hairline, adding a touch on forehead and chin for allover radiance.

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Tool to Try: An angled brush puts powder in the right place.

e.l.f. Cosmetics, $3, eyeslipsface.com

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Cream: Better on drier complexions and should be applied after moisturizer. The emollient formula blends into skin for that "post-workout" glow.

To Apply: Rub on with fingers, making sure to diffuse edges. Focus on the apple of the cheek (under the center of the eye) for a bright, youthful look.

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Best Blushes for Fair Skin

Pink, light coral and apricot shades.

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Tipsy, $30

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bareMinerals Blush in Beauty, $18

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Best Blushes for Olive Skin

Berry, plum and bronze tones.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Sunrise, $9

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blendable Blush in Berry, $5

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Best Blushes for Dark Skin

Bright pink or orange hues.

Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Bang, $24

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MAC Powder Blush in Full Fuchsia, $19.50

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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