Beauty School: How To Find Your Perfect Shade Of Blush

“I’ve never worn blush before but lately I’ve been wanting to try it out. How do I find the right color for my skin tone?”

A pretty flush creates youthful radiance and makes you glow with vitality. As well as brightening the complexion with a pop of color, blush also enhances face shape and emphasizes cheekbones. The color you choose – from fresh pink or soft peach to deep plum, tawny brown or bronze – makes all the difference to your finished look. Choosing the right shade for your skin tone is paramount, here are a few handy guidelines:

  • Porcelain Skin – pale peach, apricot or very soft natural blush pinks work well, but don’t go for anything too pink as this will overemphasize the natural pink in your skin. Stick to a silvery highlighter on cheekbones.
  • Fair Skin – pink shades generally look lovely on fair skin – anything from brownish pink to fuchsia to fresh pink. Be careful with bronzer and avoid anything too dark or with too much orange or shimmer. Stay in silver tones for highlighter.
  • Light Olive – coral pinks and soft orange tones add warmth to the face. Because the skin is so pale, pinker tones that don’t work on deep olive skin bring a pretty flush to the cheeks. Most bronzers, including pearlized ones, work well on light olive skin. To highlight the cheekbones go for soft peach or gold tones.
  • Dark Olive – apricot and peachy pinks create a warm flush, while lighter plums and browns are also flattering. Bronzer works well for you – from warm gold to terracotta – including shimmery finishes. For highlighter, go for gold tones.
  • Deep – if you have a cool skin tone, deep shades of plum and rose will look beautiful. Shades of apricot and bronzer are flattering on warm-toned skin, while deep gold highlighter will bring out the golden undertones.

Some palettes contain two complementary shades – a soft neutral that works well for everyday and for contouring, and a brighter shade that can be used to add freshness or drama. The softer, deeper color can be swept into the hollow below the cheekbones for subtle shading and a little used at the temples for balance. The fresher, brighter shade can then be applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended up along the cheekbones. You can also layer the two to create the perfect depth of color for your skin.

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