If there’s anything makeup lovers everywhere can agree on, it’s that blending is key. It’s what separates beginners from experts and is the difference between a flawless smoky eye and something resembling panda costume makeup (that is only cute during Halloween szn). Barring incorrect color choices and poor-performing products, correct blending can make drugstore makeup look expensive, while mediocre blending can make even the priciest beauty buys underperform. Blending different areas of the face also requires different skills, tools and techniques, which is why we’ve rounded up tutorials by some of our favorite beauty gurus to help you out along the way.


How to Blend Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can be a tricky, albeit amazing, thing. The key to landing a solid shadow look almost always depends on your blending ability. Whether you’re picking up an eyeshadow brush for the first time or know your way around an eyeshadow palette like the back of your hand, brush up on your skills with this tutorial by Eimear Mcelheron where she shares how to nail a simple eyeshadow look from start to finish. Newbies, just remember that mastering a perfectly blended eye gets easier with practice. 

 

How to Blend Blush

Rosy, vibrant blush is one of the major makeup trends sweeping the beauty world — and we couldn’t be happier about it. Flushed cheeks are the perfect companion to any makeup look, especially if you know how to make it look natural and subtle. For flawless application every time, see this tutorial by makeup artist Wayne Goss. He shares five different placement options for your blush (there’s more than just the apples of your cheeks!) so you can completely customize your look.

How to Blend Foundation

For foundation that looks like a second skin (our forever goal), try this “no Facetune needed” tutorial by Alissa Ashley, the queen of flawless makeup looks. Perfectly blending your foundation is the key to a great base, and will set the stage for any buildable makeup look.

 

 

How to Blend Contour

Unblended contour is practically a makeup sin at this point, making this one of the most important blending videos to watch. Contouring is the perfect way to add definition to the face, create dimension and add warmth to the skin. Try this tutorial by Roxette Arisa ahead, where she shares how to blend your highlight and contour to perfection.


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