Whether you’re going for a casual or highly glamorous look, “midtone blushing” is the new TikTok trend to step up your makeup. Learn how to master the technique with tips and recommendations from makeup artist Anthea Bueno.
In the realm of beauty, various makeup trends always come in and out of vogue, but a fresh, natural, seamless look is always in style. On Tiktok, a new trend is taking this look to the next level with “midtone blushing,” a blush technique that gives you a natural-looking flush.
Midtone blushing is a makeup technique where you use two different shades of blush to create a natural, seamless flushed look. Although it may seem like it’s a new technique, Anthea Bueno, a professional makeup artist, has been using this technique throughout her career, “Most of the time, I do like layering on two tones or two shades of blushes,” Bueno shares with Vogue Philippines. “It’s always been that way, I don’t usually do shades or products directly from the pan. I like doing custom colors or shades on my clients.” With Bueno’s expertise, here are some tips and recommendations for midtone blushing.
Choosing two shades
To get started, you need two different shades of blush. “I start with a deeper tone blush then I get another tone of blush that’s lighter,” Bueno says. After applying your base makeup, the lighter blush shade is applied on the undereye area, then followed by a more opaque blush shade in the middle of the cheeks.
“I like using peachy tones for the more opaque color, the one that you put on the middle of the cheeks. Then, I get a muted peach for the perimeter around the cheeks,” Bueno shares. “But sometimes if I’m feeling a bit experimental, I also use a yellowish tone.”
Use gradated palettes
Bueno also suggests getting a blush palette with gradating shades to make midtone blushing easier. “They’re very easy because you can see which one you can put for the undereye, and which ones you can put in the center for that pop of color,” she says. Bueno adds, “I’ve been seeing a lot of local brands coming up with lighter shades that are used in midtone blushing. Get Ready With Me [Cosmetics] and Issy and Co., usually, have shades that are muted enough to blend with another blush color.”
To blend everything seamlessly into your makeup look, she shares another expert tip: “You know how when you put concealer on the undereye and there’s a line between the blush and the undereye? To remove that, I usually get a lighter shade of blush but in the same tone, so that it doesn’t leave a streak,” she shares.