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Blushing Bride: Your Guide to a Natural Flush

There are plenty of things to blush about on your wedding day, having the wrong cheek tint isn't one of them

It can be easy to overlook something as simple as applying blush when you're rushing to get ready for your big day. But do it right, and you can transform your skin from dull to radiant in no time. We got the scoop from makeup artist Sabrina Mae on how to transform into the perfect blushing bride.

Find Your Shade
There are a few tricks you can use to find your perfect shade of blush. Try lightly pinching your cheeks until they begin to color, then match the blush to that rosy hues, Mae says. Feeling wimpy about the pinching? Instead, try a blush that is half a shade lighter than your favorite neutral lipstick.

Use Primer
Obviously you want your blush to last well past the "I Dos," which is why a primer is essential. "Silicone based primers are the best because they'll keep everything in place for hours," swears Mae. For those of you who are weary of all that makeup, opt for a cream blush instead. It's one step, easy to blend, and leaves skin glowing.

Now the tricky part: Application
Use a quality brush; don't even think about touching that cheap one your blush came with. Just don't. "I recommend a fan brush," says Mae. "They don't add too much when putting on powder blush." Swipe on blush as you smile (just think about all those wedding gifts coming your way or that dream honeymoon you're taking). This will help you find the apples of your cheeks. Dust across the apple, adding the most color to the area just near the top. Mae suggests blending upward toward the temple to best define cheekbones and highlight your bone structure.

Remember: Less Is More
When applying blush, it's best to stick with the "everything in moderation" approach. Don't overdo it; you can always add more on if it's too light, but you don't want to get stuck scrubbing it off (it'll only make your cheeks more ruddy)

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