I decided to give my MAC 188 a shot the other day, especially since it hasn't gotten much love from me since I purchased it a few months ago. Prior to this I had only been using it to stipple MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush to my cheek bones as a golden highlight (which is gorge, by the way!).
Here are 4 easy steps to follow when applying pigmented blush:
Step 1: Choose a pigmented blush and swirl MAC 188 through it.
The coral side of Marine Life is super pigmented and can look a bit much if you're not careful with your application. This is where the MAC 188 comes in. It allows application with much more precision than the 129 and since it's a stippling brush, the bristles are not as densely packed. This means that it will pick up less product when swirled over the blush and deposit less product when swirled over your cheeks.
Step 2: Smile to locate the apples of your cheeks and begin application there.
Step 3: Swirl brush in a circular motion from the apples up to the temples, concentrating more on the apples.
Step 4: Smile and be happy you don't look like a clown :)
The key here to achieving a natural flush rather than clown cheeks is definitely the choice of brush. The 188 is my new go-to brush for bright pigmented blushes, while the 129 still holds a special place in my heart for all of the others (massive shout-out to Well Dressed and Hang Loose!).
How do you apply your blush?