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The art of the chic cheek.
Ever see a woman (like our model Tara to your right) and wonder how her blush was applied so perfectly and natural looking?  In this section, I hope to explain how you can achieve a similar look quickly and easily at home.
Your cheeks take up a fairly large portion of your face, agreed?  So proper/improper application on blush and/or bronzer can make or break your look.  Applying it too low can make your face look "droopy", applying too much can make you look like a clown, and applying only to your cheeks will give you an unbalanced-looking complexion.
When blush is applied properly, it should not only bring out and enhance the "apples" of your cheeks, it should also be used lightly on your forehead, temples, nose and chin to give you an all over sun-kissed look.  Blush and bronzer should be  used to give you a radiant glow, not change your complexion entirely, and they should be used fairly sparingly during the day, and then "pumped up" at night by adding a bit more for a more dramatic effect.
Note:  To achieve the look our model Tara is wearing, use TIGI Brilliance Glow Blush , shade with the darker half of TIGI Bronzer, and highlight with the lighter side.  I prefer to apply blush with my Powder Brush and shade/highlight with my Blush Brush.

Blushes, Bronzer, and the Tools
To Apply Them Properly
Before getting started, I'd like to familiarize you with the TIGI Glow Blushes, Bronzer, Powder Brush and Blush Brush I'll be using and referring to in this section.  All of these items are available in the salon or here online.
  • Blush Brush - Generally used to apply blush and bronzer, although I prefer to apply use a Powder Brush, followed with the Blush Brush for highlighting.
  • Powder Brush - Genereally used to apply face powder and Powder Foundation, it's also great for applying blush and for a quick dusting of bronzer for a natural glow.
  • Glow Blush in Brilliance - A soft pink to suit almost any skin tone or complexion.
  • Glow Blush in Awaken - A gorgeous coral shade to compliment anyone, especially those with peach skin tones or a warm hair color.
  • Glow Blush in Haute - A soft, natural warm light brown to give you a tanned tone, great for olive skin.
  • Glow Blush in Lovely - Similar to Brilliance but with more of a mauve tone, goes great with eyeshadows in cooler colors.
  • TIGI Bronzer - This dual action bronzer has 3 uses:  Use darker side for shading, the lighter side for highlighting, or swirl your brush and mix both sides for an all over broning effect.
Everything you need to achieve the look pictured above is available in our TIGI Califormia Girls Collection, pictured below.


After you've chosen your blush color, look in the mirror and imagine which parts of your cheeks and face in general would look sun-kissed had you been out in the sun.  That's where you will apply your blush.
If you're having trouble imagining it, try this trick:  From a standing position, bend over as far as you can and hold that position for about 30 seconds, then stand up and look in the mirror.  Your blood has rushed to your face now, so you should be able to see clearly where you naturally blush, then apply your blush to those areas.
When you are ready to apply your blush, load your brush with the color desired.  Always start by applying blush to the apples of your cheeks in light circular motions, but before you apply make sure to turn your brush bristle-side up and tap on a countertop to load your blush (or bronzer) into the fibers, preventing an overload of pigment when the brush first comes in contact with your cheek.
Once you've applied your blush in circular motions to the apples of your cheeks, begin to pull some all the way up your cheekbones, just shy of your hairline.  To give your cheeks some contour, load your Blush Brush with a darker blush or the darker half of your TIGI Bronzer.  Lower your bottom jaw to accentuate the concavity of your cheeks and apply lightly just under cheekbones.  You can use the other, lighter side of your TIGI Bronzer to add some highlighting just above you cheekbones, too.
You can see in the soft, daytime look we gave Ana in this split Before & After photo, the proper application of blush actually makes her cheekbones look higher.  Ana's look was achieved using mostly TIGI Bronzer on her cheeks, forehead, temples, nose and chin,  and a bit of Glow Blush in Brilliance on her cheeks only.
I will do a run-through of everything I used during Ana's makeover on a future page, so check back soon.

Coming soon!

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