Q: I'm not comfortable wearing too much make-up on and I only like to put on blush and nothing else. Do you think blush is enough to enhance my face? Can you please give me tips on how to enhance my features with just blush?

A: Expertly applied blush can shape and define your face, creating the illusion of cheekbones that don't exist—and it's easier to do than you think.

To thin a round face: Start your blush at the apples, then brush it along the cheekbones all the way up to the temples, says makeup artist Pat McGrath.

To fill out a thin face: Using circular motions, apply your blush to the center of your cheeks and blend it along the cheekbones and straight back to your ears. On a narrow face, adding on a bright pink blush with highlighter on the apples helps add fullness

To shorten a long face: Dust your blush from the apples up toward the temples, then a little across each eyelid and on the chin. Having the same shade on your eyes, cheeks, and chin will make your face look shorter.

To soften a square face: Apply a soft shade of blush on the apples and down into the hollows of your cheeks. Then lightly skim your brush over your temples to very subtly contour.

To create higher cheekbones: Choose a contouring powder or a matte bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin. Starting at the outer cheekbones, lightly sweep it over them. A dot of highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones creates a lifted effect.

Q&A is a section of my blog where I'd be posting beauty-related questions from my clients, readers and anyone really. You can submit your questions to diorco@gmail.com.

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