Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Best Blush Colors for Your Skin Tone

The right blush can warm up your complexion, create the illusion of cheekbones, and even make you look younger. Here, the most flattering shades for fair, medium, olive, and dark skin.



Baby Pink

This one's pretty obvious: Pale pink is the shade most people with fair skin blush, so as a blush, it looks natural. "On fair skin, baby pink gives a subtle flush. It's almost like the same color as the inside of your lip," says makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. "If you have really fair, alabaster skin, other shades can tend to look orangey," adds makeup artist Quinn Murphy.


The most universally flattering, can't-go-wrong blush shade? Peach. "Anybody can put on peach blush and look fantastic," says Ciucci (which is why you'll see this shade as a pick for multiple skin tones). On fair skin, peach is especially flattering if your complexion has yellow undertones. "It has orange and yellow tones, so it enhances the natural flush," explains Murphy. And this is a case where it's all about texture: A formula that's sheer and blendable is going to look the most natural. When in doubt, "Look for descriptive words like 'satin' or 'sheer' on the packaging. Test it by swiping your finger over the surface of the powder: If it looks chalky or heavy, it might not be the best option," says Ciucci. Also, opt for a blush with subtle shimmer. "Shimmery formulas are going to be easier to sheer out on fair skin so it's not overwhelming

Sheer Plum

Ciucci recommends this color for a more dramatic evening look. "Plum cheeks give a little bit more drama. With fair skin, it's important to look for a translucent stain or cream in a plum shade that's a step or two darker than your lips, with purple or blue undertones." This hue is also a bit of an overachiever, doubling as a contouring shade for fair skin. "Dab a little bit of plum blush in the hollows of cheeks for extra definition and a nice shadow, rather than a harsh, obvious line," says Ciucci.
1. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Berry Bliss (shown here)
2. Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Rouge               



Some medium skin tones are already warm, so they only need slight enhancement. Apricot with a tinge of orange is flattering and subtle. "On medium skin, this shade is soft and flirty and fresh. It allows you to go bolder with the rest of the makeup," says Ciucci.

1. Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Apricot (shown here)
2. Nars The Multiple in South Beach


Want something a little edgier? Go for a muted mauve. "This shade looks rich and gives depth to medium skin," says Ciucci. If you're feeling really edgy, wear it with a mauve shadow and lip color—just vary the textures. Do something matte on the cheeks, something shimmery on the eyes, and glossy, sheer lips," she says.

1. L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Spiced Plum (shown here)
2. NYX Stick Blush in Water Lily

Soft Berry

It's common sense: If pale pink is flattering on pale skin, then medium pink is flattering on medium skin. "You want something that's in the midrange, not something with too much white in it. Pink-y berry is soft, delicate, and pretty," says Murphy. "This is how you can go bright on medium skin," adds Ciucci. "Look for a light raspberry for a flush that looks like you've been in the snow. It's vibrant but natural."


Orangey Peach

Finding a blush for olive skin can be tricky because of its green undertones. "Look for warm tones," says Ciucci. "Some cooler blushes can tend to look ruddy on it.... Using a warm peach shade will make olive skin glow." For a fresh, dewy effect, try a cream formula.

1. Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunset (shown here)
2. La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Peach Glow


Rose is the just-right, Goldilocks shade of pink for olive complexions. "Rose falls in the middle range: It's not bright, but it's not shadowy, either. It's just a very delicate, natural flush. Rose is the middle-of-the-road, everyday neutral for olive skin," says Ciucci. And, like peach, it can also help to balance out olive tones. "This skin tone can get a bit sallow, especially in the winter, but rose can lend warmth so your complexion doesn't look drab," says Murphy.
Using a bronzer or a bronze-tinged blush is going to really boost olive skin," says Ciucci. "Because people with this skin tone tend to tan beautifully, this looks natural on them and really helps pick up their skin tone," adds Murphy. You can also use it as a contouring shade: Use a fan brush or angled powder brush to sweep the bronzer onto the hollows of the cheeks. ("If you need help, make fish lips!" says Ciucci.) "On fair olive skin, you can stop with one stroke, but on medium olive or deep olive skin, you can layer a few more swipes. Then smile and apply the bronzer to the apples of the cheeks for a brightening effect," she says.

1. Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Allure (shown here)
2. Benefit Powder in Dallas



Those with dark skin shouldn't be intimidated by deep raisin shades. "Dark skin can really hold up to pigment," says Ciucci. "You need to choose bold, highly pigmented shades, otherwise it will look muddy, ruddy, or it won't even show up."

1. Maybelline Master Glaze by Face Studio Glisten Blush Stick in Make a Mauve (shown here)
2. Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Blush in #1


Deep terra-cotta looks gorgeous on dark skin. "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. So brick is like a redder version of a raisin. It tends to pack a little bit more punch," says Ciucci. Brick is also a great option for contouring. Use the same "fish-face" method to find the hollows of your cheeks, and dab a cream formula below cheekbones, blending carefully.

1. Mary Kay Cream Blush in Cranberry
2. Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Irresistible

Bright Tangerine

Sure, this fiery orange shade looks intense in the pan, but on dark skin, it's the best way to get a true flush. "Bright orange blush looks so intimidating, but on dark skin it's subtle and pretty. A bright blush winds up looking surprisingly neutral," says Ciucci.

1. Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef
2. Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow in Fira