How To Choose The Blush For Your Skin Tone

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For many of us, picking the right blush may be one of the biggest challenges we face when it comes to makeup. With so many gorgeous shades on the market, finding the color that is right for your skin tone can seem like a daunting task at best. Even women experienced in makeup can feel overwhelmed at times. Blush is meant to be a natural and subtle looking makeup. Too much can make us look clownish, too little and we look washed out.

Knowing your skin tone is key to finding a shade that will work perfectly for you. To help you, we are going to break these down into 3 groups, fair skin, medium skin and dark skin. We want to help you pick the perfect shade to help add the ideal flush of color on your cheeks.

Each person should have at least two shades to pick from, a peach and a pink. This way you have a color to choose from regardless of the makeup look you are going for. In this tutorial we are going to give you the best options for both plus the perfect highlighter to add a flawless finish to your cheeks.

Fair Skin

Alright you fare skinned babes, you know who you are. If you burn easily, get freckles when your burn, or if you have porcelain skin then you fall into this category. When picking a shade for your stunning skin, remember, lighter is better.

Using a angled blush brush like the Makeup Geek Blush Brush, tap off the excess by “flicking” the end of your brush with your finger. This will get rid of any unwanted excess on your brush and keep you from applying to much on your cheeks. If you do apply to much, use a beauty blender and roll the area lightly, this will pick up any unwanted pigment on your cheeks.

Apply the color to the apple of your cheeks and blend back toward the temple. For highlighting your cheeks you want to pick something for fair skin that’s a light champagne color. Whether you choose liquid or powder form is completely up to you and really is a matter of what you are more comfortable using. With a highlighting brush like Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush, apply the highlighter right above where you placed the blush. This will add just the right amount of shimmer to the cheeks.

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Medium Skin

Medium skin tones are the most common with 80% of all women falling into this category. The best blushes for medium skin toned ladies are rosey pink and deep peaches. If you choose a color that is to light it can make you look ashen, anything to dark will make you look clownish.

With an angled blush brush like the Makeup Geek Blush Brush, apply the blush to the apple of the cheeks and blend back. Again, remember, if you apply to much you can go in with a beauty blending or sponge and roll across the color to pick up some of the excess pigment on the skin. For highlighting on medium skin toned, the best thing to use is a pale golden or warm gold. Don’t use a champagne color or a light color as it will look to frosty on the skin.

Depending on the kind of highlighter you choose, you can use a highlighting brush or CLEAN fingers, pat the highlighter onto the cheek bones right above the blush. The highlighter used here has a small amount of shimmer to it, using a matte blush allows you to control the shimmer and place it where you want it to be. You don’t want your cheeks to be overdone. Remember, you cheeks should look as if they have a natural flush to them.

 

We recommend:

  • Pink Shade: NYX Blush – Mocha (Amazon) (eBay)  (yes that’s the name but we promise it’s pink)
  • Peach Shade: Tarte Blush – Tipsy (Amazon) (Sephora) (eBay)
  • Highlight: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Natural Highlighter Duo – Gold Luster (Amazon) – This is dual sided compact, for medium skin you want to use the lighter of the two sides.

Dark Skin

OK you beautiful dark skinned dolls, it’s your turn. For your skin, choose colors from rose to deep oranges. Choosing a shade that is to light will make your skin appear washed out and pale. You want to enhance the natural beauty of your skin.

Just as before, use an angled blush brush like the Makeup Geek Blush Brush, remember to tap off an excess from the brush by tapping the brush with your finger. Gently apply the color to the apples of the cheeks and blend back toward the hairline.

Remember, you just want to make your cheeks glow. For cheek highlighting using a gold color is stunning. Using a champagne color will look to frosty against the skin. Using your two CLEAN fingers, apply the gold color to the top of the cheekbones above where you placed the blush. Use a beauty blender or a sponge and blend the color into the skin for a perfect dewy finish.

We recommend:

  • Pink Shade: Tarte Blush – Amused (Amazon) (Sephora) (eBay)
  • Peach Shade: NYX Blush – Cinnamon (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Highlight: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Natural Highlighter Duo – Gold Luster (Amazon) This is a dual sided compact, for dark skin you want to use the darker gold shade.

And there you have it, the perfect shade for any skin type. Having a couple of shades to choose from is necessary when it comes to trying different and new looks. We hope this guide helps you find the perfect shade to add just the right amount of color to bring out the natural beauty you all have inside of you.

Fair Skin

Medium Skin

Dark Skin

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