“If you’re going to drape your blush, rather than right on the apples of the cheeks, move your blush placement back a bit to the top of your cheekbones, dusting the orbital bone and then up to the temples,” says Kasey Spickard, a makeup artist in New York. “Start by building your product slowly. You don’t want to go full ’80s with the intensity of the blush.”
If you’re more of a minimalist, you can stop at your cheekbones, but I usually like to take it up around my eyes (again, think that C where we’ve been taught to put highlighter), and across the bridge of my nose like all the kids are doing on TikTok. No matter how much I apply, I always go over the edges with a clean beauty blender so there are no harsh lines where the color starts and stops.
One of my favorite things about this technique is how easily swapping the blush shade can change your whole face and vibe. For everyday, I like to use a nudey-rose color for a more natural sculpt—my favorite blush for this is Chanel’s Rose Bronze, since its warm tones and slight shimmer act as my highlighter, blush, and bronzer in one. For summer I like to switch to more of a juicy terra cotta shade, and if I look really dead or want to stay true to the ’80s vibe, a bright, cool pink is the way to go.
I prefer to use powder blushes for this technique since I find it easier to control, but Spickard recommends starting with a cream (he likes the Jouer Blush and Bloom duos). “I buff out the cream super faintly as my base with fingers or a dense buffer brush,” he says. “Then I go back over the top of those with a powder blush of my choice.”
I know it sounds intense, but the result really does look so pretty and fresh. If anything, it’s better than crazy stripes of bronzer, right?
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.