VIDEO & Reader Questions: Contouring and How-To Apply Blush

So it’s been a long time coming and I finally had the courage once again to do another video! Yay me! I also realize how HARD it is to type with a band-aid! I had a little accident this morning, I was trying to open this hard plastic package wrap that was wrapped around my new Sephora eyeliner; that safety seal where you pull the perforated line all the way down the pencil to open it, well it went under my nail and cut the skin underneath there and boy did it hurt! You can see my ugly little band-aid in the video on my index finger, just thought id share, LOL.

I had some awesome questions and one of them was how to apply blush, I know it sounds easy, but if you do it wrong, you can look like you were rolling in some dirt. In addition to the video, I thought i’d explain it in text so it’s a bit more “work friendly”.

Q: Can you please give a tutorial on how to wear blush? I know it sounds pretty simple, but for some reason mine always comes out too harsh… its like there’s a very distinct line as to where my blush starts. I have a round face so I don’t really wear blush on my apples. Instead I suck in my cheeks and go from there. I also use the blush brush from MAC- the somewhat small angled one with the white bristles (I forgot the number and I don’t have the brush on me). I was using a cheapy brush before and it worked fine, but I did spend the money the MAC brush so I want to be able to use it properly. Any tips?

A: First, I use the MAC #136 brush (I ACCIDENTLY said 186 brush in the video because I was looking at my 187 brush when I grabbed that one, oh well), my sis Stephie loves that brush too, it’s also one of my favorite brushes next to the MAC 180 brush and the 187. I take a little blush, tap off any excess powder and then SMILE! Apply it on the apples of your cheeks and gently sweep it up to your temple or towards your ear in a back and forth motion.

Look after video tutorial (as it’s hard to see color in videos):



I have a round face so I like to contour the hollow part of my cheeks when I make a squishy pucker face, as well as my jawline, and the sides of my nose. You can also contour or shade the sides of your forehead or temples. I use the MAC Sculpting Powder in “Sculpt” but you can use any dark powder or blush to achieve this.

Contouring helps certain areas recede and look slimming as well as more prominent. Shading the sides of my nose gives a nice soft illusion of a more narrow nose.

20 Comments on VIDEO & Reader Questions: Contouring and How-To Apply Blush

  1. Anonymous
    December 11, 2007 at 5:04 am (11 years ago)

    You are too cute! Thx for the tips, I’m gonna try that shading of the nose thing! amylola

  2. Anne
    December 11, 2007 at 5:24 am (11 years ago)

    haha you’re sooo cute. well i enjoyed watching your tut. can you please make one with your fotd using hepcat and pink mauve pigment pleaaaaaase?

  3. christianadivine
    December 11, 2007 at 6:06 am (11 years ago)

    Haha. You’re so cute, I LOVE watching your video tuts. 😀 And you look so pretty. 😀 But you always do. LOL.

  4. christianadivine
    December 11, 2007 at 6:50 am (11 years ago)

    Thanks Nessa! You’re such a sweetheart. 😀 I really REALLY appreciate it. 😀 Did you know that you’re my dupe savior? hahaha. 😉

  5. christianadivine
    December 11, 2007 at 6:55 am (11 years ago)

    p.s. where can I get the brand "No. 7" at? I don’t recall seeing it anywhere. 😛

  6. christianadivine
    December 11, 2007 at 7:10 am (11 years ago)

    Ahh, ok. Thanks for the heads up Nessa love. 😀 OoOo… I LOVE your reviews, they’re always so informative and helpful. 😀 I’m looking forward to it!

  7. babydollie
    December 11, 2007 at 12:29 pm (11 years ago)

    can i use a bronzer for contouring or should i stick to a brownish blush?

  8. Mae
    December 11, 2007 at 12:55 pm (11 years ago)

    those e/s colors look gorgeous on you!! And I love your tut cuz I have round face too :p Linking you! 😀

  9. candy
    December 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm (11 years ago)

    ohhh my this look is absolutely perfect on you nessa! u MUST do a breakdown of the products u used!!! it’s simply divine.

  10. Claudia
    December 11, 2007 at 3:27 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Vanessa!<BR/><BR/>You’re so cute! Thanks for the great video! :)<BR/><BR/>Claudia

  11. Grayburn
    December 11, 2007 at 6:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Such a joy to read and watch.<BR/><BR/>Thanks!<BR/> Grayburn @ blogspot

  12. Anna
    December 11, 2007 at 6:40 pm (11 years ago)

    of course i don’t mind! i’m lin king ya too =]

  13. Divine Blackness
    December 12, 2007 at 7:41 pm (11 years ago)

    Okayyyy, where you in my head or what? In my last blog post, I was talking about how I wanted to work on nose contouring. And then you made this vid! Thaaaanks. I’m really going to look into it because I’ve got quite the honker. You’re fab! Keep up the fab work!

  14. neptune
    December 12, 2007 at 11:45 pm (11 years ago)

    HI Vanessa=)..Thank you for the awesome video=)…I have a question: I tried searching for the "sculpt" sculpting powder you mentioned in the MAC website but I couldnt find any..=(…Do have anyother recommendations?? My skin tone is similar to yours and I always find it hard to find a not-so-dark sculting color..Thank you!!=)

  15. Philly
    December 13, 2007 at 12:51 am (11 years ago)

    Hi Hun,<BR/><BR/>I just wanted to say I love watching your videos!! You are super cute =) I have a question about your contouring video/pic. I love your eye shadows there, what colors did you use and have you done a video for that before?<BR/><BR/>Philina<BR/>

  16. Marie
    December 13, 2007 at 11:34 pm (11 years ago)

    Hey Nessa…<BR/><BR/>I just wanted to comment on your e/s in this blog/tut. I’ve been meaning to, but kept forgetting to. What colors did you use. The colors look so pretty.

  17. Mrs. Lynne
    December 15, 2007 at 10:15 am (11 years ago)

    Yay, the video I’ve been waiting for!! I like the nose trick. I don’t have a sculpting powder so I used a darker e/s but evidently it was tooo dark because it looked like all I had was dirt to use for it, lol. Just thought I’d share.<BR/><BR/>I want to get the 136 and 150. I only have the 129 but I think it’s finally broken in because now it’s soft as ever and picks up blush nicely.<BR/><BR/>Very

  18. Anonymous
    January 1, 2008 at 12:22 am (11 years ago)

    is the 186 a Pro brush or it is DC because i don’t see it on the MAC site.

  19. Vanessa
    January 1, 2008 at 10:42 am (11 years ago)

    Anonymous- I mention it in the first sentence of the answer portion in this post (refer to the above), in my video I meant 136 not 168…

  20. Vanessa
    January 1, 2008 at 10:42 am (11 years ago)

    Anonymous- I mention it in the first sentence of the answer portion in this post (refer to the above), in my video I meant 136 not 168…