Choosing the right blush for your skin can be challenging. Just standing in front of a giant display of amazing blush shades can be totally overwhelming, especially when they all look so beautiful!
It’s not only about which color is perfect for you, but also which texture is ideal for your specific skin type.
If you find shopping for blush a little confusing, or if you have a makeup drawer full of blushes you don’t wear, then this one’s for you!
HowTo Choose The Perfect Blush
|image of Katie Bunn by Eric Cassee, hair by Will Zecco, makeup by Corinna Cooke
1. Know your undertone
The first step to choosing the perfect shade of blush is to know the undertone of your skin. Not a color theory expert? No problem: if you wear foundation that falls into the porcelain/ivory/beige grouping then chances are you have a cool undertone to your skin. If your foundation is a bronze,olive or ebony shade you are probably a warm tone. (Ebony skin can wear cool tones too).
2. Know the undertone of your blush.
If you have a cool toned skin then you want a cool toned blush (or a neutral). If you have a warm complexion then you will look best in a warm blush. If the cool/warm thing is confusing to you, think of your blue based pinks as being cool colors and your orange/nutmeg/copper/bronze based shades as being warm.
Apricot looks lovely and refreshing on everyone, and there are some blushes that look good on most skins, but understanding warm and cool colors is key.
3. Don’t fall off the deep end.
Once you have the undertone down its time to figure out how deep of a color to choose. My rule is don’t go darker than the shade you naturally flush to. If you go deeper your cheeks will look heavy and muddy. Our goal with blush is to lighten and brighten the complexion, not weigh it down.
4. Choose your texture.
I love cream blushes. On normal to dry skins they are just glorious.
But if you get shiny through the T zone, tend to be a little oily, or just live somewhere super humid a cream blush can make you look super shiny.
If you are a powder blush girl, opt for one that has a fine texture and lays smoothly on the skin.
5. Finish it up.
Once you have your shade and texture sorted out don’t forget to check out the finish of your blush.
I avoid anything with big, sparkly particles as they can make the face look horribly glittery. A blush that is too matte can make your complexion look flat, dull and lifeless.
I like blushes that have a soft sheen to them so that light can pop off the cheek, lifting and brightening the face.
Here are my 4 favorite blushes from my pro makeup kit
|My favorite blushes
Clockwise from the left:
Nars Multiple in Portofino
Nars Blush in Orgasm
MAC blush in Melba