Mishal Cazmi
Mishal Cazmi

Why I Apply Blush Before Foundation

Pro tip: Try applying  your blush before your foundation. Yes, you read that correctly. One of my favourite things about talking to makeup artists is seeing them break conventional or so-called cardinal makeup rules. All that ‘Never Do This’ or ‘Don’t Pair This With That’ doesn’t apply to them. This particular tip may sound like crazy talk but it works and looks good too. Dick Page (who does all your fave Victoria’s Secret models), Nick Barose (Lupita Nyong’o’s go-to guy)–they all do it.


The whole point of switching the order is to help give you that lit-from-within glow. The kind where you look flushed but not in a I-just-ran-a-marathon way, but in a I-blush-like-a-model way.

IMG_2208I cheated a bit and applied YSL’s Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Color, which has a mousse-like texture, instead of a cream blush.

It’s as simple as it sounds. Start by applying a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. You can be a bit more generous with product than you would if you were applying it after foundation. Then, go in with a foundation (I use a beauty blender to apply) and gently blend it out. And voila, you’ve got a more natural-looking flush.