A guide to: Makeup Brushes – Blush

Last night I kicked off my A guide to: Makeup Brushes series, if you missed it you can catch up here. So we’ve covered foundation brushes and which ones will help us to apply the perfect base, next up we need to give our cheeks a beautifully natural flush or chisel those cheekbones to perfection. For the job we need a good brush that will not only pick up the perfect amount of product, but also allow us to apply it without ending up like Aunt Sally!


There are so many to choose from where do you start? Well this question can only be answered if you know exactly what it is you want to achieve. You may think that applying blusher is a one technique fits all kinda job. You just suck in your cheeks and shove a bit of powder above the indent, no?! Well there’s a little more to it than that. Great things and skinny faces can be achieved with a good technique. Have a look at this fab and easy to follow how to guide from the very talented Daniel Sandler.

OK hopefully we are now all on the same page when it comes to blush. Applying two symmetrical circles to the apples of our cheeks is not necessarily a good look. Instead lets opt for a lovely flushed look or defined cheekbones…minus the 80’s stripes.

You’ve chosen your look, your blush colour and product; powder, cream or liquid. Next is the perfect brush that will get you your desired finish. Always remember to match the size of your brush to the size of your face, a huge brush on a petite face is going to make it hard to create a precise application. Here’s a little look at what I’ve tried and tested.


Doomed Brush

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If you want to achieve a natural flushed look using powder blush then this is  the best brush to use. If you can opt for a luxurious, silky brush with a long handle and delicately sweep it over the desired area for a perfect finish. I have tried; The Body Shop, NYX, NARS and Real Techniques versions. My fave being the Real Techniques option. It is so soft with a long handle and bristles that ensures a sheer, buildable application. Unfortunately the NYX offering is my least fave. It’s bristles aren’t the softest and are a little short, also the brush head is a little small for my liking.

Angled/Slant Brush


For us round faced girls the angled blush brush is our best friend. A gentle swipe up your cheekbones with this brush will help you to define those cheekbones and ensure you don’t channel an 80’s Debbie Harry! Keep it subtle girls and the pay-off will be much better, not to mention you’ll be able to avoid those cringey makeup disaster pictures. Try this gorgeous angled blush brush from Liz Earle, £12.00. It’s very soft but at the same time sturdy and compact, not to mention absolutely gorgeous with it’s classy clear handle.

Stippling Brushes

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I mentioned in my previous post that I don’t use my stippling brushes for foundation application. Instead I use them for applying those brighter coloured blushes. These brushes are fantastic for achieving a shear application of intensely pigmented products. If I was going to get one I wouldn’t waste my money on the MAC version. As I’ve said before, go for the Eco Tools or the Real Techniques version.

Flat Foundation Brush for Cream Blushers

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I love these brushes for cream blusher application. Simply swipe across or press into your cheekbones and then blend out with a beauty blender or buffing brush.



If you haven’t tried Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blush yet I recommend you do, especially if you’re looking for that perfect dewy finish to your blusher. The Waterbrush was designed to work with watercolour blush but can be used with any liquid blushers. It has soft synthetic/taklon hairs that are all different lengths, allowing for the perfect application of liquid blushers. All you need to do is add a little stripe of product to the brush, apply to the face and blend. I personally like to pick my liquid blush up from the back of my hand rather than straight onto to the brush and either way works fine…just be sure to wash your hands quickly to avoid staining. Also if you’re looking for a fab contour brush then this baby does a pretty fab job of that also. Check out my review of both the waterbrush and blush here.

That’s it for now my lovelies. I’ll be carrying on the brush theme a little later on in the week. If there’s anything you’d like me to cover, or think I missed so far leave me a comment.

Sonya D x

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