How To Find The Right Blush For Your Skintone

A little rogue goes a long way, at least that’s what our Grandmothers tell us and we haven’t been able to prove her wrong yet. When we brush a dreamy pink hue across the apples of our cheeks our confidence rises. Mastering a bright, flushed cheek means we can play the bashful card when our current crush waves “hi” or simply get that *touched by the sun* glow any day of the week.

The trick to pulling off blush the right way? Finding the right shade for your skin tone. When you apply the wrong rogue your makeup instantly enters the clown zone, but the right colour to accent your skin tone will makeup your whole makeup look 100% better. So take my tips and Grandma’s words to heart and you’ll be well on your way to perfectly rosey cheeks.

Fair Skin
Fair skinned beauties, don’t get carried away; a soft pink, peach or light coral will enhance your porcelain skin perfectly. The key is a light application. Too much product or the use of saturates hues will create a harsh finish reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Avoid a stage makeup faux pas when you select the right formula of blush for a natural, flushed cheeks finish.

Product Picks: TruMatch Naturale Blush in Soft Rosé, NARS Cream Blush in Enchanted.

Medium Skin Tones
Similar to your fair skinned friends, pinks and peach will be your best bet. You’ll want to take these shades a step further by applying a deeper shade of each. A rich pink and even certain shades of mauve will leave you with a dramatic edge–especially when you apply blush at all the right spots. Bonus tip: stay away from blush that has a bluish undertone, if your skin tone isn’t right on point, you’ll be left with what looks like bruised cheeks.

Product Picks: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Powder Pink, Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Spiced Cider, Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Mauve.

Dark Skin Tones
Deep shades of red, orange and brown are the ideal blush colours for those with darker skin. These colours, unlike light powder pinks, will leave you looking radiant rather than washed out. Try a fuchsia (think dark radiant orchid/mauve) if your skin tone tends to be warmer; a bold tangerine if its cooler. By targeting the apples of your cheeks with a vibrant swipe of one of these shades you’ll be left with a daring effect even your Granny can get behind.

Product Picks: YSL Creme de Blush in Bright Coral, Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Red, Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rogue Glow.

What colours do you find look best on you? What formula of blush do you use? Do you have a favourite brand or blush brush? Or a blush you’re dying to try out? Let me know!

Peace Love and Lipgloss
-M xx


7 thoughts on “How To Find The Right Blush For Your Skintone

  1. This is great advice for makeup novices. I think it’s always good to branch out, I like to use some rich rosy mauves to create some dramatic contouring on my fair skin for going out/evening looks. Just an idea : ) Love the blog btw!

    • Thank you!

      I totally agree, the best thing about makeup is that there is no actual “rules” just guidelines and suggestions, but its always best to change things up, play around and find what’s best for you.

      I’m going to try out your mauve contouring… Im also fair skinned and I have a hard time finding a contour shade that doesn’t look too orange, or “dirty”. Great suggestion!

      • I like to use Glee by BareMinerals, it’s one of their powder all over face colors, it was recommended to me years ago and it’s still one of my top favorite colors. I’m actually wearing it right now funnily enough. I love the BareMinerals powders, they’re easier to pick up than a pressed powder and way easier to blend.

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