How do you apply blush? Do you brush it on after you’ve put on your foundation? Do you brush it on before you apply foundation?
If you brush on the blush before you apply foundation you have more control over the shade. You can tone down the shade without having to smudge your makeup and then making any repair to naturalize your look as is what can happen with an application over foundation.
An application of blush over foundation if the shade is uneven or too dark may call for wiping some of the blush off with your fingers, application brush or tissue which can mess up your foundation leaving discoloration, bare spots and smears in the removals wake.
The foundation can ruin the applicator brush making the brush greasy or stiff. You may be able to wash the brush and remove the grease. Loss of bristle may result.
If you apply blush before your foundation if you need to even out the color or tone it down you can blend it in with your fingers, application brush or tissue without messing up your foundation. The foundation itself applied over blush can tone it down, blend it in and adjust the shade.
The application brush has a lot to do with how dark the shade may become when brushed across the cheeks. A small flat brush that comes with some blushes can rub the blush in a line instead of spreading the color out. It can make the blush uneven and darker in spots when trying to make adjustments and break the line for a natural look. Throughout the blush line itself with a first application of the small flat brush there can be light and dark spots. Applying the blush with the fingers may be better than use of the small flat blush brush.
A reason the small flat blush brush doesn’t seem to work that well is because the bristles don’t really spread out. The bristles sort of lie flat even though they have movement. Without the flexibility that a good brush needs to apply blush evenly the small flat brush falls short.
A large blush bristle brush, a pouf brush, which can be purchased on its own, will help spread the blush evenly over the cheek area instead of in a line.
No matter how good the brush though there will be times that the blush goes on too dark and for those times applying blush before the foundation will help to tone the shade down.