Learning how to choose blush color that flatters is a rite of passage for most of us. Although blush doesn't necessarily make a statement like a red lip or bold liner, it has an important place in your routine. You want a radiant glow that enhances your natural beauty, so it's important to select the appropriate blush for your skin.
Wherever your complexion falls on the spectrum from light to dark, you also have to consider skin tone when choosing blush. Your skin tone may be warm, cool or neutral. If you're not sure, try these tests:
Women with fair skin tend to burn easily in the sun and often have freckles. If you have pale skin that is almost translucent, go with a shimmery beige. Dusty rose is another good neutral choice for fair-skinned ladies.
If your skin is light and has golden undertones, opt for peach, light coral and pink shades. The latter provides a natural glow while corals and peaches are a good choice when you want a fun pop of color. Women with pale skin and dark eyes and hair look great in a peachy blush such as Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Sweet.
For cool skin tones, the same color spectrum applies if you have fair skin. In this case, however, corals and peaches would look more subtle while pinks are vibrant and dramatic. Plum shades are a good choice in this category for an evening look that dazzles.
The lighter the color, the more natural the effect when it comes to fair skin. Avoid very dark shades on light skin as they tend to look orange.
Ladies with orange and yellow undertones look especially alluring with peach shades of blush. However, women with red hair should avoid coral blush.
For best results, apply pink blush on the apples of the cheeks to mimic your actual flush. Peach blushes should be blended just under the apples along the cheekbones.
Most women have a skin tone in the medium range and look amazing in deep shades of peach along with mauves and darker pinks. If you have a medium skin tone with brown hair and brown eyes, you can wear almost any blush color successfully. For example, go for a softer effect by choosing the same pale peaches and pinks as your fair-skinned sisters.
As with light skin, pink and mauve hues look more natural for women with cool undertones and peach provides that effect for warm undertones. Choose the opposite colors when you want to step up your makeup game for a special occasion.
Apricot blush is a good natural choice for medium skin tones with orange undertones. This shade looks youthful and flirty when you play up the rest of your features. For cool undertones, light raspberry provides a flattering flush of color.
Choose mauve for an edgier look. Avoid milky or pastel hues, which can make you look washed out. As with pink blush, rose and plum shades should be applied to the apples of the cheeks.
Rose-pink blush is recommended for a natural glow if you have olive skin, which has greenish-yellow undertones. Go with golden bronze to compliment your year-round tan. Glo Skin Beauty Shimmer Brick in Luster has four colors to use separately or mix and match.
Jewel-toned blush colors really pop on women with dark skin. Think juicy tangerine, sophisticated raisins and browns and fun berry and fuchsia hues.
Brick red or raisin blush is a good contouring tool. If you have warm undertones, you'll be surprised by the natural, neutral look you get with bright orange and other neons. Caramel-colored skin looks beautiful with a shimmery deep peach.
Fuchsias and berries give you a natural look if you have cool undertones, while brown and orange-based colors offer a subtle glow for warm-toned complexions. Swap it out to boost your look to the next level with summer brights. Pur Chateau Cheeks Powder Blush in Sassy offers a great pop of color.
Blushes in the brown family can be used on the apples of the cheeks and to highlight the cheekbones if you have dark skin. Blending well is essential to avoid a doll-like effect.
Depending on the application, the right shade of blush can make you look younger and more awake. It brightens your skin and polishes your profile, creating the illusion of cheekbones. Try these techniques to revolutionize your look with blush.
For light skin, sheer, blendable formulas are the most natural, while shimmers create drama. Women with dark skin should choose richly pigmented formulas since lighter colors won't have much of an effect.
Once you've found your color, it's time to apply.
For cream blush, skip the powder and apply with clean fingertips. This is the easiest formula for blush newbies and provides hydration for dry skin.
If you have oily skin, opt for cheek stain. This liquid or gel formula is designed to be worn under foundation for a lasting blush.
Start sheer; less is always more when it comes to blush. Add layers of pigment until you reach the desired color. You want rosy warmth without harsh lines.
Mixing your blush with pressed powder creates an airy effect that appeals to women who still have nightmares about 80s-style clown blush. Ideally, your blush should stand out without stopping traffic.
Different types of blush brushes create different effects. For example, a fan-shaped brush distributes color evenly across the cheeks. A smaller brush gives sharp control of placement.
If you avoid wearing blush because you are afraid it will highlight redness in your face, you're missing out on its brightening effects. Try starting with primer to even the skin tone before using blush. Primer is also a great way to keep your color in place from the subway to after-work drinks.
Women with visible pores or bumps on the cheeks should opt for a matte formula. Shimmers can highlight these imperfections, which is likely not the effect you want.
Basic contouring with blush is simple. Dab a color with the opposite undertone in the hollows of your cheeks for instant shadows and definition. Try these contouring tricks to suit your face shape:
Don't match your blush to your lipstick, which looks dated. Instead, choose colors with the same undertones to look modern without clashing.
Still in doubt about your perfect blush color? Don't skip it; instead, try this secret makeup artist trick. The color of the inside of your bottom lip or your fingertips is the shade of blush you should choose if you want a glowy, go-with-everything hue for all occasions.
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