Choose the Best Blush For You

by Lecia DeBrine
(last updated September 17, 2014)

The flawless face has delicate radiant skin, bright eyes, and a soft rosy cheek. Blush applied correctly frames and enlivens the face giving you a fresh glow. There are a few things to take into account when picking a blush. It's not just pressed powder anymore, in most stores now you can find cream and gel blushes, or cheek tints and stains. There are a rainbow of colors to choose from in opaques, sheers, and shimmers. The different looks you can make with these are innumerable. Here are some things to think about next time you go shopping:

  • Color. Finding your natural blush color is quite easy. Bend over with your hands touching or reaching for your toes. Hold this position for about 1 minute and stand up again. The color of your cheeks is your natural blush color. Another way to choose a good shade is to determine if your skin tone is a red or yellow base. Red based (cool) skin tones should use neutral to bright shades, while yellow based (warm) skin tones should use warm colors. Finding your skin tone can be done by observing the color of a freshly washed face with a white towel around the neck. If your face appears more yellow you have a warm skin tone, if it appears bluer you have a cool skin tone. Neutral skin tones appear to have a little of both, and you can wear almost any color.
  • Texture. The classic powder blush is great for all skin types and is usually long lasting. It is a good choice for anyone. Creams are great for dry skin because they have high oil content and incorporate multiple moisturizing ingredients. Tints, gels, and stains are good for oily to normal skin and should be applied before powder.
  • Look. For a fresh daytime look sheer lighter colors work well. They give the face just enough color to look natural and radiant. A little sheen in a daytime look can be very refreshing. For a more dramatic or a nighttime look you can use the bolder darker shades. Shimmers are a great way to give a nighttime look a little more drama.

Color can be intimidating but don't let it scare you. Experimenting with color is the only way you will find the perfect shade for you; remember to have fun with it.

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