Blush Technique: The Bounce

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Video


Rise and shine, morning glories. It’s Friday, yea! Are you ready for the weekend? In this short video I talk about one of my standby blush application techniques, codenamed “The Bounce.”


Have a good one today.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Did you happen to see last night’s America’s Best Dance Crew? How about Strikers All-Stars, huh? WOW! That seven-man monkey roll was out of this world.


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  1. jeannie says:

    OH MY GOSH!!! You are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! I love that you are doing videos now! =) Bounce, baby, bounce!

  2. Yarisse says:

    I like your videos (and you blog) so much! Your tips and tricks are simple and easy to follow and they really work. Usually I just look at the page or a video and just keep saying “Heey, it is so simple, how could it be that I wasn´t able made that up?” Yep, you rock! Since I know your blog my make-up technique has improved so much. And I thought that I already knew everything 😉

    Btw: A shop assistant at MAC store recommended me their blush in Blushbaby which you mentioned in one of your vids and which I purchased. The weird thing is that I have very pale skin but it suits me. So I think that this shade of MAC blush can work with every skintone.

  3. tanya says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for the blush techniques. Gots to get me some new brushes…and of course some more blushes…they’re addictive! Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Kristine says:

    omg karen you are totally adorable. LOL “the bounce” I do it too! gotta love bouncing the blush 😉

  5. katee says:

    Great video!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Jeannie,

    Bounce baby! 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice Friday. Are you ready for the weekend?

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Yarisse,

    Oh, that makes me so happy! I am glad that your makeup is lookin’ good. 🙂

    And, sweeet — don’t you love Blushbaby? It’s so easy to wear and it goes with *everything*. If I have to pack light, it’s usually the only blush I bring with me on trips. You can also pair it with highlighters if you want more shimmer, too.

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Tanya,

    I hear ya, girl. I can’t imagine makeup life without blush. It really did open up a whole new world!

    Have a lovely Friday! Got any plans for the weekend?

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Kristine,

    Yes! It’s a fantastic technique, huh? I honestly had no clue how to apply blush until I learned that one. It opened up a whole new world!

    What are your favorite blushes?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    Sure! Hope this helps in your blush adventures.

  11. Chris says:

    Thanks for the tip! Lovin your videos especially how you break it down to one quick and easy topic.
    My blush seems to be fading fast lately so I need to try this one asap.
    Been wearing Scott Barnes Samba trio (an old fave) and Chanel Rose Dust a lot lately but Blushbay is in my stash too.

  12. Stephie says:

    Nice video! This was really helpful. I am always wondering what best way to put blush on my apples w/o looking like a ragdoll fool by the end. Do you have any tips on how to use a fan brush on really pigmented blushes [cough* NARS Crazed} ? I would love to see a vid on that, if you are able. Thanks. Have a nice weekend!

  13. Yarisse says:

    Hi Karen,
    I am also glad that my makeup is looking good 🙂 And that is thanks to you!
    Blushbaby is my HG among blushes, it REALLY goes with everything. I have been looking for something like that for years!
    Oh and thank you for your advice, I will try it with a highlighter asap.

  14. Alison says:

    Hi Karen!

    I’m loving your videos, especially the idiot proof make-up application videos. I’ve never seen or heard of ‘the bounce’ technique but it looks really easy. Thanks for sharing, love the blog! Have a great weekend!

  15. gio says:

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

    gio´s last blog post..Product Review: Bulgari Jasmin Noir Fragrance

  16. Tiera says:

    Karen, you are just too cute! I love your videos! As someone who’s made the mistake of packing on the blush too much (and too many times, I might add), “the bounce” seems like such a fool-proof trick. Love it!

    Tiera´s last blog post..NYX Mini Haul: Eye Shadows and Lip Glosses (and swatches)

  17. stacie says:

    Good technique! Thank you! Now all I need is a MAC blush brush!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Chris,

    Hmm, maybe it’s the weather? Or perhaps your skin is changing. I noticed that as my skin changed from oily to dry that products started performing differently.

    Ahhh, Chanel Rose Dust! That’s a good one. 🙂

  19. Anna says:

    Hi Karen,

    I tried the bounce today and wow, a better way to apply blusher. I’ll be bouncing from now on !!!

    I’m lovin America’s Next Dance Crew too. Still no group can beat the Jabawokees, loving the name Fanny Pack…it has a different meaning here in London, heheh !

  20. Camellia says:

    i love the blush technique (:

    &I’m sad to see boxcuttuhz go home :[ they were my favorite.
    &the monkey roll was pretty cool (=

  21. Maggie says:

    i love love love your video-blogs! they’re so fun and they give a lot of information at the same time!
    oh and at the end of your video, like the very very end…it looks like you’re gonna hunt the viewer down. (like a death stare?)

    ahaha, sorry, i just notice really random and weird things! XD

  22. Briana says:

    Ooh, this is a great video! Your hair is so cute! I haven’t worn blush in years because I’ve never really been able to find a color that looks good, or been able to apply it well either! Might have to try this out 🙂

  23. victoria says:

    i love your tips, topics and your videos. pls do more.

  24. lesley says:

    I tried this today!! It worked so well to make one of my very pigmented blushes toned down and work-friendly!! 🙂 Great video <3

    I liked ABDC last night! I have to admit I love the novelty factor of the cloggers, however, I agreed with JC that the Ringmasters need to dance more in addition to their bone-breaking skills. Weren’t Fly Khicks so cute in their outfits??

    Hope you’re enjoying your Friday night! =)

  25. lexi says:

    loving the apple image!

  26. simplicity says:

    LOVE your carefree personality, fun blog & videos! 😀

  27. Fie says: why didn’t I think of that.. Thank you for the tip!!

    Fie´s last blog post..IMATS London ’09

  28. snowflakelashes says:

    Thanks for this, Adore your blog. I just bought a TON of MAC powder blushes so I can definately use this tip to start playing with how they look 🙂 Short and Sweet Video 🙂

  29. Misti says:

    This is *brilliant*. I’m 27 and have *never* gotten blush application. I wish I had some with me so I could practice in the bathroom at work lol!!

  30. Marisol says:

    Pretty soon I will be copying all your moves.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Full of Hope

  31. nikki says:

    I love your technique! it works wonders.

    nikki´s last blog post..Cosmetologie 2009

  32. Jenn Staz says:

    Haha I can’t believe I’m just now 1. seeing this post and 2. commenting on it 2+ years after you published it… but i’m very thankful i clicked through on your LORAC post. I haven’t even seen this before!!

  33. Thank you for sharing this bounce technique! The click on the Lorac post brought me here!
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  34. Cailyn says:

    This is the first video of yours I’ve ever watched (because I prefer to read things) and I didn’t expect you to sound like that at all! You are so gosh darn CUTE!!!!! 😀

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