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This 3-Step Blusher Application Technique Gives Natural Highlights And Contours, And We're Obsessed

Blusher application may not necessarily be the easiest step. Too much may cause you to end up looking like you’ve got a rash and some powders or creams may not be the most blendable, leaving it looking patchy. I personally enjoy applying blusher though, as I love the end result; it really helps to brighten my overall complexion, and give my skin a fresh-faced glow.

But instead of just using one blusher, I have recently adopted the three-step blusher technique of layering different shades to not only give my cheeks a pop of colour, but to also create natural contouring and highlighting. I first came across this method while watching popular K-beauty vlogger Edward Avila on YouTube.

How the technique works: first, apply a light, luminous shade of pink (a pastel, baby pink is great too) across your cheekbones and nose bridge. This helps to highlight and impart a radiant glow to your skin. After which, add on a coral shade to add some warmth and contour (sometimes, I even gently brush it across my nose bridge). Lastly, apply a shade of blusher of your choice. This can range from hot pinks to purples to add colour.

If you can’t wait to try this application technique out, scroll through the gallery above to check out our favourite blushers to use.

#1: Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Berry Adore, $55, Sephora
The finely-milled formulas offer seamless blending and full-pigments for buildable coverage. #2: Laura Mercier Colour Infusion Blush in Chai, $49
Said to provide 10 hours of buildable, natural-looking colour, the weightless formula is made with micro-fine powders and glides and blends easily onto the skin for a flawless finish. #3: Dior Rouge Blush in No.277 Osee, $73
Available in three different finishes (matte, satin and shimmer), this combines intense pigments with a long-wearing formula to last throughout the day. #4: Nars Blush Bronzer Duo in Sin Casino, $65
Infused with transparent pigments that are lightweight on the skin, the micronised powder and silky texture ensures smooth, blendable application. #5: Shiseido InnerGlow CheekPowder in No. 4 Aura Pink, $56
A blush and highlighter hybrid, this features a unique formula that imparts a luminous sheen to your skin. #6: Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop, $40
The silky smooth formula gives a vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour with a range of shades that will suit all skin tones. #7: 3CE Duo Color Face Blush in Retro Drive, $34, Sephora
Although the colours may seem pretty vibrant, this duo actually gives off a natural-looking finish that’s super wearable. #8: Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in No.3 Juicy Rose, $39
Formulated with a Special Grinding Technology and Cross-linking Binder system, this gives colour with great sheen and clarity. It also has a highly adhesive formula that gives longlasting colour payoff. Main image: