Blusher is the magic wand of make-up but only when it’s the right colour. For the longest time blush has had a bad rep because most wearers didn’t have a clue about how to apply it. You don’t want a Halloween kind of look. Now that people have evolved and know how to use blush, it can still get a little daunting to select the right shade for the skin tone. With so many shades and formulas, how to pick the right blush to make the face brighter and fresher? You need a shade that matches the natural colour of your cheeks. Once you’ve picked the right shade, picking a formula is easy: For oily or acne-prone skin, choose a powder formula. Choose creams and stains for clear skin and dark complexions. For a bolder look, try layering a powder formula over a stain or cream.
Blusher For Pale To Light Skin Tone
If you have pale skin, there’s so much choice out there and it all depends on the finish you want. Peach and soft rose hues are great options for paler skin if you want to achieve a more subtle effect. For a little more of a statement, sheer plum and soft coral both look great.
Blush For Fair Skin Tone
If you have fair skin, less is more to own a healthy flush. Select pale pink or baby pink for a subtle glow. Using a dark bronzed blush can make it look orange. Don’t get carried away with vibrant shades. A soft pink, peach or light coral will enhance porcelain skin. A creamy blush texture will yield a natural finish. Cream blushes settle into the skin in the most realistic way.
The key is a proper application. Tap the colour on the cheeks with your fingers or with a duo-fiber brush. Too much usage of the product will create a harsh finish. Choose the appropriate intensity of blush for a natural finish.
Some of the popular blushes for fair skin tones include Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush – Peachy Sweetie, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos – Pink Blush.
Blush For Medium Skin
If you’re in this camp, you suit most shades. Invest in a blusher palette to tailor your make-up as per the seasons. It should be warmer in the winter and softer and peachier in the summer. You can also try the different finishes and textures depending on your mood. You can apply a deeper shade of pinks and peaches or layering until your desired vibrancy.
To find the right landing space for your chosen hue, smile and see where your cheekbones pop. Medium skin tones are the most common skin type. Nearly 85% of Indian females fall under this category. This warm skin tone only needs a slight enhancement. Opt for shades that are rosy pink, rich pink, certain shades of mauve, deep peach. A tinge of apricot or orange will flatter the skin. Some of the popular blushes for fair medium skin tones include Maybelline New York Master Flush Stick – Peach Babe, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos – Peach, L’Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush Blushing Kiss – Sunset Glow.
Blush For Olive Skin
Olive skin can look a little sallow sometimes due to yellow and green undertones. Hence, a wisp of blusher is a key to perking it up. Avoid cooler tones like a plum. Orange peaches breathe life into the light as well as dark olive tones. For a pinched look, a vibrant rosy shade works wonders. Alternatively, you can opt for a bronzer. It adds a natural blush effect to olive skin tones.
Blusher For Dark Skin
Rosy hues and candy pinks might suit well on darker skin tones but they tend to look frosty or doll-like. Hence, try something with a warm undertone to enhance your skin’s natural glow. Dark skin-pops with hot corals, warm reds with a rich undertone and deep neutral pinks. Choose a colour from rose to deep orange. Pigmented blushes work very well. Dark skin holds up to pigment. Avoid using light shades as they can induce washed out and muddy look. Choose warm tones that flatter your skin tone.
Recommended blushes for dark skin tones include Revlon Powder Blush – Wine Not, Faces Glam On Creme Blush – Sun Kissed, Faces Ultimate Pro Blend Finite Stick Blush.
Blush For Deep Skin
It can be difficult to get pinks and corals for deep or ebony skin tones, but something with a brick red tint will look epic. Deep shades of red, orange and brown are the ideal colours for dark skin. Choose a shade that looks bright in the packaging. These colours will give a radiant look instead of washed out. Try a fuchsia for warmer skin tone or a bold tangerine for cooler skin tone. Other shades are raisin browns or bronzed sienna hues. Sweep blush in a circular motion at the apples and then continue it outwards towards the tops of the ears. By targeting the apples of your cheeks with a vivid swipe you’ll be left with a beautiful cast of colour.
The type of texture and finish you settle for is largely down to preference, but if you want to look flawless, your skin type should always be a factor. Go for a matte powder if you have large pores. Avoid thick or solid textures if you have oily or acne-prone skin. If you find that cream blusher slips off quickly or that it contributes to your breakouts, swap it out for a powder version. This will last your smooth look. Avoid blushers containing mineral oils. Powder-based formulations will work well. They need to be blended well into the skin. Normal to dry skin will do well with most blushers. For a dewy, ethereal look, try a hydrating cream, gel or serum-based texture. Always layer a powder blusher in a similar hue over the top.