How to Find the Perfect Blush for Your Complexion

October 15, 2021
Alyssa Kaplan
By: Alyssa Kaplan | by L'Oréal
best blush for your complexion

Applying blush is the perfect way to add color and definition to your complexion. But achieving a flattering flush comes down to picking a shade that best complements your skin tone. So here, we’re sharing the best blush shades 一 cream and powder 一 for fair, medium and deep skin tones.

Best Cream Blush for Fair Skin 

When it comes to finding flattering blush shades for fair skin tones, the key is opting for formulas that are buildable and blendable so that you can avoid overdoing it with the color. The Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush in Coral Ember is a creamy formula in a gorgeous, pale peach color. The sheer flush of color comes in a breathable formula that’s blendable and easy to work with.


Best Powder Blush for Fair Skin 

If you’re looking for a subtle blush shade to dust on your cheeks for just a drop of color, the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Bare Honey is a soft, warm nude shade. It’s easy to blend, non-comedogenic and available at the drugstore.

Best Cream Blush for Medium Skin 

If you like multitasking makeup products that can be applied to multiple areas of the face, the Honest Beauty Crème Cheek + Lip Color in Coral Peach is for you. Not only does the bright shade look incredibly flattering on tan complexions, but the product is a two-in-one formula that can also be applied to lips for a monochromatic look

Best Powder Blush for Medium Skin 

The NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush Matte in Totally Chillcreates the perfect flattering flush on medium skin tones. It’s no surprise that the Fit Me formula is a classic considering how soft, pigmented and natural it is.


Best Cream Blush for Deep Skin 

If you have warm-toned, deep skin, the Glossier Cloud Paint in Eve was practically made for you. The lightweight gel-cream formula has a pillowy, bouncy feel that blends seamlessly and leaves cheeks dewy, not streaky or chalky. The rich, mulberry shade instantly warms up the complexion and adds definition to the face. Plus, it packs quite the pigmented punch 一 so go in lightly at first.  


Best Powder Blush for Deep Skin 

When the cooler months roll around, there’s nothing like a burgundy blush to imitate the flush you get when the cool air touches your skin. Enter the Lancôme Blush Subtil in Keep Calm & Blush. This fine, soft powder blends into the skin beautifully and provides a stunning wash of deep red to the cheeks.
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