Pick the Best Blush for Your Skin Tone
What’s not to love about blush? It has the ability to create a youthful glow, add warmth to your complexion and give the illusion of sculpted cheekbones. But if you’re still not sure which shade to choose, we’re here to help. These are the best colors of blush to suit your skin tone.
FAIR SKIN TONES
If you have a very fair complexion such as model Karlie Kloss, you probably know the dilemma of finding the perfect tone of blush that looks natural. Pick a color that is too harsh and it can make your skin appear sallow and washed out. Here’s a tip from makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci – pay attention to the color of your lips. Pale skins tend to have naturally light pink tinted lips. “On fair skin, baby pink gives a subtle flush. It’s almost like the same color as the inside of your lip,” she told Allure magazine. Some pink options to try are Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Pink as well as Benefit Dandelion.
Another great option for light blondes – peach. Here model Elsa Hosk plays up the yellow undertones in her skin by wearing a light coral peach blush. In the summertime particularly, peach is great at mimicking a flushed summer glow. Chantecaille Cheek Gelée in Happy is a great pick, as is Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal
MEDIUM/OLIVE SKIN TONES
Similarly, medium-toned skins receive a fresh dewy glow with apricot blush. As the shade is so close to the natural skin tone, the effect is hardly noticeable as makeup. Get a fresh-faced glow like Selena Gomez with NARS Blush in Luster and Sephora Collection Colorful Face Powder in So Euphoric.
With Lily Aldridge’s dark features and olive skin, her complexion looks best with a soft rose-colored blush applied to the apples of her cheeks. “Rose is the middle-of-the-road, everyday neutral for olive skin,” comments Ciucci, adding that it can add extra warmth to the skin tone. Good options to try: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain and Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk.
DARKER SKIN TONES
Model Lais Ribeiro may fall on the darker side of the spectrum, yet her skin still has medium and olive undertones. Blended tones like hers look sublime in peachy-pink colors with added golden pigments. A great color to try is NARS Blush in Orgasm (which just so happens to be Meghan Markle’s shade of choice too). Another good pick is Stila’s Convertible Color in Gerbera. Apply it to lips, cheeks and even eyelids to give your face an all-over summer tint.
Skin with a darker hue like model Jasmine Tookes truly comes alive in golden, metallic blush. If you’re unsure of a color to choose, remember that warmer colors like coppers and golds will add light and luminosity to your complexion. “It’s important to stay warm when you’re working with dark skin because if you go too cool it’s going to look ashy,” advices Ciucci. MAC’s Matte Blush in Raizin is a beautiful reddish-brown with golden pigments, lovely on darker skin. If you’re a fan of a more pinky finish, don’t be afraid to go bold. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Vibration is especially striking on darker tanned skin.