A little rouge goes a long way. At least that’s what our grandmother tells 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. We experience the type of excitement usually reserved for when we wear colored eyeliner. Because mastering a bright, flushed cheek means we can play the bashful card when our current crush says hi or simply get that ‘touched by sun’ look any day of the week.
The trick to pulling off blush the right way? Finding the right blush color for your skin tone. When you apply the wrong rouge your makeup instantly enters the clown zone. But the right color to accent your skin tone will make your Friday night makeup, and just about everything else in life, that much better. So take grandma’s words to heart, and our tips below, and you'll be well on your way to always picking the right blush!
Fair Skin Tone
Fair skinned beauties, don't get carried away; a soft pink, peach or light coral will enhance your porcelain skin just right. The key is light application. Too much product, or the use of saturated 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 cheek finish.
Product picks: True Match Naturale ™ Blush in Soft Rose, Nars Cream Blush in Enchanted.
Similar to your fair skinned friends, pinks and peaches are your best bet. You’ll want to take these colors 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 on all the right spots. Bonus tip, stray away from blush colors that have a bluish undertone–if your skin tone isn’t right on point, you’ll be left with what looks like slightly 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.
Medium Skin Tone
Deep shades of red, orange and brown are the ideal blush colors for those with dark skin. These colors, unlike light powder pinks, will leave you looking radiant instead of washed out. Try a fuchsia (think dark radiant orchid) if your skin tone tends to be warmer; a bold tangerine if it is 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 Crème De Blush in Bright Coral, Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Red, Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rouge Glow.
Dark Skin Tone
What color do you tend to run to when it comes to blush? Let us know in the comments below!