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How to Perfectly Apply Cheek Tint Using Your Fingers

How to Perfectly Apply Cheek Tint Using Your Fingers
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Cheek tints are failproof if you want to give yourself a natural flush in a flash. Thing is, when applied incorrectly, they can end up looking patchy and uneven. Why is that? We asked Laura Mercier makeup artist Laila Al-Harthy, and here's what she said:

"Cheek tints or stains dry quickly and are activated by body heat, so if you apply them directly on the skin, it will really look patchy," she explains. "So to avoid streaks, I usually suggest applying it with a stippling brush or a makeup sponge for an even, natural coverage flush."

However, as a tint user herself, Laila totally understands that using your hands is the most convenient way to create a flush on-the-go. So below, she tells Preview a three-step process that will make sure your tint application is seamless and streak-free!

Step 1: Apply the tint on the back of your hand.

To prevent leaving unblended patches on your cheeks, Laila suggests spreading cheek tint on back of your hand first. This will create an even source of color that's essential for the next step!


Step 2: Transfer the color to your cheeks.

With the tint on your makeshift mixing palette, it's time to get the job done! "Dab the tint from your hand to your cheeks by putting your index, middle, and ring fingers together," instructs the makeup artist. "Your fingers will act as your 'sponge' that will evenly spread the product on the skin instead of leaving patches."

Step 3: Blend!

According to Laila, your blush shouldn't stay on the apples of your cheeks if you're going for a natural look. "From the apples, blend the tint sideways towards the highest points of your cheekbones to mimic a natural flush," she explains.

See the results below:

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IMAGE Mark Buenaobra

And that's it! No dots in sight. Try it out and let us know how it works for you!

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