I know that blush shade looks cute, but are you sure you’ve considered everything before putting that in your cart?
Before you check out at the counter, there are a few things to think about. Blush is something that we don’t often talk about as beauty enthusiasts because it’s all about highlights and contours now. But blush is applied almost right smack in the middle of your face, and if it doesn’t match you well, then it’s going to be pretty obvious right off the bat.
First of all, consider your skin type. If you have normal to dry skin, try using a cream blush. However, if you have a combination of dry to oily skin, a powder blush might be the better option. Cream based blushes perform like a moisturizer and will not dry out your skin, and powder blushes will absorb the extra sebum on oily skin and mattify your look. It’s a simple concept that most of us disregard, but can actually make a huge difference in your look.
So we got the type down. What about the shade? How do you know if it matches your skin tone? A popular trick I use is to put some blush in the palm of your hand and see if it matches or compliments the color of your fingertips. Your fingertips and skin area behind your ears and your cheeks are similar in skin tone, so this technique will help you figure out the best shade for you.
If we want to break it down further, we can categorize skin tones into three most basic distinctions: light, medium, and dark.
Light: The easiest choice for light skin tones is pink, because most of the time it looks natural on them. It gives the illusion of a natural flush. Peachy blushes also work on lighter skin tones especially if there is a hint of yellow undertone because peach is a combination of orangey and yellow tones. So if you have yellow undertones, peach is a good choice. But make sure it’s not looking too orangey, heavy or chalky on your skin. As for evenings, if you like a more dramatic look, plum shades for blush also work, but it has to be in stain form, or else, a lighter plum shade with blue or purple undertones will do the job. A plum shade for blush should not be too dark, just one or two shades darker than your natural lip color.
Medium: Medium skin tones are already warm, and they only usually need a slight pop of color to look more alive and get the sun-kissed look. Apricot colours, with a bit of orange, look nice against medium skin tones. For more dramatic look, try out shades of mauve which will give your skin more depth. Another shade option that could work well on medium skin tones is a soft berry such as raspberry colors.
Dark: Darker skin tones can wear deeper and more pigmented blush shades without looking over the top. As easy as it may sound, you still need to choose something with a texture that works for you and doesn’t make your face look dirty or muddy. Bold colors are a good choice because lighter colors tend to not show up on your skin. Terracotta shades or bright orange also complement darker skin tones, as long as you apply with a light hand to avoid making it look too stark.
What’s your favorite blush? And do you have more tips on how to choose the perfect blush? Please share in the comments below!
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