As a part of this week’s Blondeshell Beauty Tips blog series, we’ve investigated the mystifying art of blush application. Okay, that may be a bit dramatic, but if you have no clue where to start, trying to find the right blush can be a daunting task.
In my last post, I discussed how to properly apply blush for your face shape. Once you’ve got that down, it’s time to find the best blush color for you. Of course, you must first know your skin tone. This is an important part of choosing any makeup, and blush is no exception. After that, you’ve got one last step: simply decide which formula (powder, cream, gel) works best for your skin type and you’re off!
So, now that we’ve figured out the proper blush application, keep reading to find the best blush for your skin tone, as well as the ideal formula for your skin type, and you’ll have a healthy, youthful glow in no time.
Blush for Fair/Light Skin
Attention all of you easily-sunburnt fair-to-light skinned ladies! You’re going to want to stick to a very subtle color to avoid looking like a horror-movie courtroom Lindsay Lohan. The lighter the shade, the more dazzling you’ll be.
For the porcelain skin babes with warm undertones, go for something that has a peach tinge to it. One of the most popular colors for you is Orgasm by NARS. It will bring your face to life. Ivory ladies with cool undertones, you’re going to look best with a cool, soft pink. Try a color similar to Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion.
- Light Skin/Warm Tones: Orgasm by NARS, $30 or Peach by NYX Cosmetics, $5.99
- Light Skin/Cool Tones: Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion, $28 or Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink, $4.99
Blush for Medium Skin
If you have medium skin, you want to stay away from blushes that are too light or too dark. Play it safe because light blush will wash you out, while something too dark will make you look like Boy George. If you have medium skin with cool undertones, go with a rosy pink blush. For the medium skin ladies with warm undertones, you’re going to look stunning with a deep peach/soft coral blush.
- Medium Skin/Warm Tones: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful or Tipsy, $26 or Extreme Wear Mousse Blush in Peach Glow, $8
- Medium Skin/Cool Tones: NARS Blush in Outlaw, $30 or Jane Cosmetics Multi-Colored Cheek Powder in Pink Bouquet, $12
If you fall somewhere between medium and dark, and would probably say you have very “light dark skin” (depending on the season, of course), a good choice for you is something with a touch of cinnamon, especially if you have warm or neutral undertones.
Cinnamon blushes appear a little on the orange side, but when properly applied it will give you the perfect pop of color, no matter your face shape.
I’m thinking something along the lines of what Kim Kardashian is wearing in this photo to the left. One of the best (and most budget-friendly) colors I’ve found is NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Cinnamon for only $6! Of course, at that price, I’m sure Ms. Kardashian is NOT wearing it, but it’s a quality product that won’t break the bank.
Blush for Dark Skin
For my gorgeous dark skin ladies, you want to find a color that will complement your deep tan, caramel, or cocoa complexion and choosing the right blush can get tricky.
If you fall somewhere in the middle of the dark skin spectrum with a medium-to-deep skin tone, you’ll likely be able to pull off a gorgeous brick red. One of Gabrielle Union’s go-to blush colors is MAC Blush in Raizin and she looks flawless in it. And for you ladies that fall in the middle and have cool undertones, a cool, subtle rosy pink blush will work great on you.
Interestingly, people that fall into this skin tone can sometimes pull off colors that aren’t typically associated with their undertones. For instance, depending on your outfit and the mood you’re in, if you have warm undertones, a touch of cool, bright pink on your cheeks can really make your look pop. And for the ladies with cool undertones, sometimes a touch of orange or coral will do the same.
- Medium-to-Dark Skin/Warm Tones: MAC Blush in Raizin, $21 or CoverGirl Blush in Brick Red, $4.99
- Medium-to-Dark Skin/Cool Tones: Laura Mercier Cheek Colour in Rose Petal, $26 or NYX Cosmetics Cream Stick Blush in Tea Rose, $5.99 and if you want to try something outside of your comfort zone, check out Cargo Blush in Laguna, $26
If you have a very dark complexion with warm undertones, your best bet will be a deep pink, ruby, or even a bronze blush. For my dark skinned ladies with cool undertones, you also may benefit from an uncharacteristic color like the medium-to-deep skin ladies.
So, don’t be afraid to try something with a hint of orange that will make your cheeks pop. Keep far away from pastels and very bright pinks as they can make your skin look dry and often times, will wash you out.
- Deep Skin/Warm Tones: Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot, $25 or Revlon Powder Blush in Wine Not, $9.99
- Deep Skin/Cool Tones: Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Tangerine, $26, Stila Convertible Color in Giadola, $25 or NYX Cosmetics Cream Blush in Orange, $6.99
Best Blush for Your Skin Type
Knowing your skin type is another important part of finding the best blush. I break down the basics of each skin type in my blog post “The Best Foundations for Each Skin Type” and many of the same rules apply when searching for the best blush.
- As is usually the case, if you have normal skin, then the world is your playground when it comes to makeup. You can try almost any formula and it will most likely be a success.
- If you have dry skin, a cream blush may be your best bet. Cream blushes are easier to blend than most and offer some much needed moisture for your parched skin.
- If you have oily skin, a powder or gel blush will work well for you. A powder blush will last much longer on oily skin than a cream, which can spread when your skin’s oil production speeds up. A gel blush is typically difficult to blend on dry skin, but for people with oily skin, it will glide on effortlessly.
- Ladies with mature/aging skin, you will benefit most from a gel or cream blush. Because our skin loses moisture as we age, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of moisture that these formulas provide. They will also give you a more natural glow than matte powders.
What other blushes have you tried? Do you have a favorite blush that I didn’t mention? What about blush horror stories… Do you have any of those? Share with me in the comments section below!