photos: imaxtree, michelle du xuan/post design: eunice chun

Let’s get brave in the world of blush placement! Yes, the most obvious option is on the apples of your cheeks. But have you considered concentrating the color high atop on the outer ends of your cheekbones? It’s quite a chic + fun way to mix it up! Here’s how:

SUBTLE: Super flirty! Load up your blush brush with a pink or rosy powder blush and swirling it above your cheekbone from your temple inward, stopping just before you reach the apple. Then repeat without dipping back into the blush and this time go ahead and finish on your apple with the minimal dusting that’s left on your brush. Try: Victoria’s Secret VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo in At Last $15 or NARS Highlighting Blush in New Order $27.

EXTREME: Such a perfect homage to the 1980’s! With a bright pink powder blush, trace a sideways letter “V” that hugs the outer areas framing your eyes. We love Smashbox Blush Rush in Bright Fuchsia $24 and NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Pinky $6. This look is super fashion-y but toned down a little can totally be pulled off!