Blush adds color and depth to the skin and can add a healthy glow to colorless cheeks, forehead and nose. Blush will also give dimension to areas that would ordinarily be lost. The key is to apply a very small amount. If you watch a professional makeup artist apply blush, you would be surprised at the miniscule amount of makeup that is actually on the brush before it's swept across the cheekbones. You can always build color, so start small.
Powder blush is best applied after your face powder. It will lie on top of the skin, adding a translucent glow. Using a blush brush, sweep it across your cheekbones. For a contour, use a deeper shade in the hollow of the cheek. But remember, you only want the sheerest hint of color.
Cream blush has the most intense pigment and should be used sparingly. Apply it over foundation, but before powder. Start at the apples of the cheek and blend upward.
Liquid and gel blushes will give you a stain of color that will look very natural. Apply over foundation or to bare skin for a soft, fresh-scrubbed look.