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Here's how to make those cheekbones sing.

If you’ve been using the cheekbone-apple technique, you might want to rethink your strategy, this time, paying attention to your face shape rather than the advice you were given by cousin Eleanor at the ripe age of 14. A good blush technique can set off those cheekbones, soften up your angles, or highlight bone structure.

The first step in perfecting your blush method, is determining your face shape. If you aren’t sure, take a look at our handy guide. Once you’ve finally settled the age-old question, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.

How To Apply Blush for a Diamond Face

The strategy here is to apply blush at the top of your cheekbones in order to highlight the features on the lower half of your face. Blend the blush out toward your ear lobes—we know, it sounds different, but give it a try. 

How To Apply Blush for a Rectangle Face

Also known as an oblong face shape, this bone structure allows for a bit more blush application than others. Apply blush in a slight semicircle shape, starting at the apple of the cheek and working up and out toward the temple. Repeat, this time stroking blush out and up toward the nose.

How To Apply Blush for an Oval Face

Oval faces have plenty of options when it comes to where to apply blush, though the most flattering option tends to be swiping color across the cheekbones. Just be sure you don’t apply blush too close to the nose, which will make your face appear more narrow.

How To Apply Blush for a Heart Face

The goal here is to soften your features. Apply blush in a gentle ‘C’ shape that starts at the top of the cheeks and loops up, just above the tail end of your brow.

How To Apply Blush for a Round Face

When using blush for a round face, it’s all about bringing out your bone structure. Start by applying blush at the apples of your cheeks, brushing up toward your temple. Then, once again starting at the apples, apply blush out toward your earlobes. Learning how to apply blush to a round face requires an angular approach that will work wonders to bring out cheekbones.

How To Apply Blush for a Square Face

Okay, this is one face shape that you can stick to your tried-and-true apples technique. Just blend softly upward and outward to soften your bone structure.

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For even more information on finding your perfect blush strategy according to your face shape, check out this guide from L’Oreal Paris.