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How to Look Better in One Minute

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By Kathleen Hou
Beauty editors and makeup artists often say blush is the stiletto of beauty products -- it makes everyone look good. When applied correctly, blush can instantly make you look fresher, more vibrant, and just plain better. I was an unbeliever until the celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo offered a demonstration. For this next series of GIFs, the CK One Cosmetics global color ambassador, who's worked with nearly every Victoria's Secret angel (among other famous faces), demonstrates how to apply cream blush correctly.
Related: How to Look Amazing in Under 10 Minutes 2015-11-11-1447275569-9989587-beauty110403.w529.h352.gif © Provided by The Huffington Post 2015-11-11-1447275569-9989587-beauty110403.w529.h352.gif Step 1: Start by choosing a rosy cream blush. Shades with a slight bit of pink are most natural, since they mimic the tones found in the skin when there is a slight flush. In this case, Vanngo is using CK One Cream and Powder Duo in Grace. Starting from the middle of your cheekbone, take your finger and dot out a slanted line, toward your ear. This also creates a naturally slimming effect.
Related: How to Have Greasy Hair and Not Look Crazy 2015-11-11-1447276082-679104-beauty110404.w529.h352.gif © Provided by The Huffington Post 2015-11-11-1447276082-679104-beauty110404.w529.h352.gif Step 2: The key to making cream blush look natural is a lot, a lot of blending. The next few steps are all blending. Start to gently pat and blend the line down.
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Related: How to Draw a Galaxy on Your Nails 2015-11-11-1447276272-3123691-hunglook1extra01.w529.h352.gif © Provided by The Huffington Post 2015-11-11-1447276272-3123691-hunglook1extra01.w529.h352.gif Step 4: Slightly disperse and blend the cheek color up toward the temple of the cheek, as this avoids any harsh blush demarcation lines when you smile.
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Step 5: Blend a tiny bit along the high point of the cheekbone. Note that along these steps, Vanngo didn't stop to apply more color -- that's right, he spent four steps continuing to blend the color.
Related: The World's Easiest Way to Highlight Your Face 2015-11-11-1447276408-8725376-hunglook1extra03tada.w529.h352.gif © Provided by The Huffington Post 2015-11-11-1447276408-8725376-hunglook1extra03tada.w529.h352.gif Step 6: The natural, flushed look.
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