How To Choose The Right Shade of Blush?

It’s about time we discuss one of the most underrated makeup products ever: the mighty blush. While some could never leave the house without putting on blush, others just skip it. If you really think about it, a good blush does a lot for your face. It upgrades your look from dull to fresh and lively instantly. Plus, with proper application, you can redefine your face shape and create an illusion of a smaller face or a higher cheekbone. 

Just like every other makeup product, you can’t just go for the first shade of blush you find and expect it to work for your skin. When choosing the right blush for your complexion, there are a few vital factors to consider. We tackle it all here!

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What’s your skin tone?

The key to finding your one true shade is to choose one that matches your skin tone instead of just fixating on a gorgeous colour. This way, you can pick a shade that complements your skin instead of washing out your natural complexion. Are you fair, medium, or dark? Once you determine your skin colour, it’s time to identify if you have a warm, cool, or neutral undertone. It will help you choose which colours will make your blush pop or flop. 

There are several ways to identify your skin undertone. You can check the colour of the veins on your wrist, for example. If you see blue veins, you have a cool undertone; if the veins are green, you have a warm undertone; and if you see both colours, you fall into the neutral category. 

Once you have your skin tone settled, you can now move forward to choosing the right colour for your blush. 

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The best shades, according to your skin

Blush for Fair Skin

If you have fair skin, your choice of blush should centre on lighter colours that accentuate your skin instead of dark ones that take away all the spotlight. Here are your best picks for shades:

  • Light pink or baby pink: looks great for a natural flush and works well with most fair skin tones.
  • Peach: works great as a blush if you want something more striking and colourful than baby pink, and it complements most skin tones.
  • Plum: gives a dramatic and intriguing vibe when worn right, but make sure to match it with the rest of your makeup look.

Blush for Medium Skin 

With medium skin, you can generally assume a warm undertone with a bit more tan. This complexion is perfect for peach and bright pinks as it brings out your natural colour. If you have medium skin, go for these colours:

  • Rich pink or mauve: gives you an effortless flush and a nice pop of colour to your look.
  • Deep peach or apricot: subtle enough to blend in with your skin yet bold enough to attract attention to how lovely your blush is.

Blush for Darker Tones

Those with darker skin tones usually have warmer undertones, allowing them to add vibrant blushes that others find hard to pull off. You can opt for these shades for a playful, bold, or sophisticated look:

  • Brick red: warm colours like terracotta, raisin, or brick red make the skin pop and look radiant.
  • Berry: perfect for a natural look, especially for cooler undertones.
  • Tangerine: may feel intimidating at first, but it complements dark skin.