Blush Placement 101

blush placement 101 Blush can be applied in an endless array of ways--usually using the shape of the face as a guide. Throwing out all makeup "formality", I usually abide by one simple rule when applying blush. This one golden rule eliminates the guesswork out of blush placement and is a great trick for both beginners and experts. I use it as my own everyday guide as well as for my clients.

Makeup is all illusion. While it may seem trivial, where you place your blush makes a difference in the quality of your final result. Take your blush skillage up a notch by following this one simple rule:

Apply blush according to your lip color choice: bold or natural.

Here's the breakdown: 

01. If you are wearing a bold lip color...

blush applied towards the backs of the cheeks/cheekbones usually looks best. Lots of blush on the apples paired with a bold lip can end up looking heavy. It can also make the face look oversaturated with color in one area. By pairing a bold lip with a blush that is placed high and far back on the cheeks, you are forcing the eye to draw upward. This will create the appearance of an even, natural dispersion of color on the face.

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02. If opting for the more natural look...

apply blush to the apples of the cheek. Pale or light lips can start looking gaunt and lifeless really fast without a good blush. Bring some health and rosiness back to the face by applying your blush color on the apples of the cheeks. Smile and work in light layers, working the brush up and towards the back of the face for a more dramatic look. 

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For more blush-application secrets and professional artist tips, you can check out my Pinterest board, How To: Makeup. I've pinned a brilliant, more in-depth face chart about blush that explains face shape as well. 

 

How do you like to apply your blush? Any strategies to share with the class? ;)

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A Lash-Growing Mascara Hack

A Lash Growing Mascara Hack | www.annemariemitchell.com A common question I regularly get asked as a makeup artist is how to grow out a healthy set of natural lashes. The immediate solution would be to slap on a pair of falsies or buy a set of ridiculously expensive temporary implants (which can tear out your natural lashes as they fall out btw). 

If you're willing to go about it the (mind you) much slower way, you have a pretty cool option. It's healthy and natural too.

Does it involve chemicals?

Wack serums that accidentally tint your lash line too? (yo Latisse I see you girl)

No and no

The magical lash growing, volumizing potion I speak of is lavender essential oil. It seems essential oils have taken over the universe the past year and I'm not hating on it. Hold on to your mascara britches because this break down is about to get real for a sec. 

So I'm casually going to tell you that everyone has mites that live around the lash line. Long story short, they burrow into your little lash follicles and cause your eyelashes to fall out. We usually get more as we age (WHY?!?) or accumulate more when our immune system is low. Mascara only encourages their growth too. 

By adding 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to your mascara, you can drastically decrease lash loss and form healthier lashes over time. Essential oils are known for their anti-bacterial properties, and lavender essential oil puts a stop to an otherwise bacteria happy fun-fun time playground. 

How to Grow Healthy Lashes the Natural Way:

  • open a tube of your favorite mascara (toss it if more than 3 months old) and add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil. 
  • swirl the mascara wand inside the tube. Don't get too excited and pump it because that will get more air in the tube (aka more bacteria)
  • you're done.

Literally, that's it. So simple and your lashes will thank you! 

 

Do you have any lash growing secrets? 

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