The best Blush shades for different skin tones

Jul 16, 2019 | Face

Blusher is the only beauty product that can bring your whole complexion to life. It makes you look younger, healthier and more awake.

With just a sweep across your cheeks, you can transform your dull complexion into a fresh and rejuvenated one. It’s the Blush Power Ladies! Never underestimate the power of the blush. Give it an extra attention and always carry one in your makeup bag.

Unfortunately, blush is undervalued. A lot of women use pink blush for every occasion, without taking much care of their skin tone and their lipstick color. It’s true, the variety of colors and the confusion of what brand to choose may be the cause of why many women get overwhelmed by the blush, but I’m here to simplify things for you. Blush is art and in order to get the best blush shades for your skin tone you should first learn about your skin tone and undertones and how they react to show your blush.


Skin Tone and Undertone – the key to choosing Natural and Bold Blush Colors

Your skin has a tone and so does the blush. Let’s first find out the difference between skintone and undertone.

Skin tone is the color you describe your skin with. It’s the tone on the surface of your skin.

Undertone is the subtle tone that comes through your skin from underneath this surface to affect its overall hue.

Now that undertone is what we need to focus on so that you pick the right blushes that suit your skin.

People of all colors can have any of the following undertones:

  • Cool  (pink, red or bluish undertones)
  • Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
  • Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)

How do you know your undertone?

Does your skin tan easily and hardly sunburn? If so, you probably lean toward a warm or neutral undertone. If not, you probably fall into the cool-toned category. ­­­­­­­­

Do your veins appear bluish or more deep purple? If yes, you’re likely in the cool-toned spectrum. If your veins appear greenish, you most likely lean toward the warm-toned. Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty deciding on either color.

Does your skin look somewhat gray? You might have the olive skin, which is a combination of the natural, warm along with green undertones.


General Rule:

Now the RULE to pick the best blushes is: If you’re opting for a natural look, choose a blush with the same undertone as your skin. If you’re looking for a bold look with a pop of color, pick a blush with the opposite undertone as your skin.


Real colors of Different tones of Blushes:
  • Warm Blushes: Coral, Peach, Tangerine, Brown
  • Cool Blushes: Fuchsia, Pink, Raisin, Berry
  • Neutral Blush: Mauve

So, for example, If you have a warm or yellow undertone, these are your options for a natural look:

  • Warm Blushes: Coral, Peach, Tangerine, Brown

These are your options for a bold look:

  • Cool Blushes: Fuchsia, Pink, Raisin, Berry

In the same manner, the same rule applies on cool or pink undertones

So, if you have cool or pink skintone, these are your options for a natural look:


  • Cool Blushes: Fuchsia, Pink, Raisin, Berry

These are your options for a bold look:

  • Warm Blushes: Coral, Peach, Tangerine, Brown


This goes natural for every undertone:

  • Neutral Blush: Mauve


Those with natural or balanced coloring can wear just about any color and look great.

You want your skin to look healthy and awake and this can be achieved with a light hand application. If at any time you felt that you applied too much blush, you can always diffuse the color into the skin with your foundation brush.


Let’s find out the best blush shades for Fair, Medium, Olive, Dark and Deep skin tones.


Fair, Light and Pale Skin tone:

Baby pink, soft pink, soft peach and sheer plums work best with your complexion. Since the skin tone is light, you don’t need much of a dark color for the blush. Only a little bit of blush gives the subtle amount of color for a nice complexion.


Medium Skin tone:

Most shades look flattering on you. Apricot, mauve, soft berry, Rich pink and Deep peaches. The skin tone is not too light and not too dark, therefore the blush needs to be a bit darker in color than the one used for Fair skin. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright colors, as those look a lot sheerer when applied onto the skin.


Olive Skin tone:

Olive skin can look a little pale sometimes, so a hint of blusher is key to making it alive. Orangey peaches and rich bronze colors look fabulous on light and dark olive tones for a natural look, but if you’re after more of a pretty, bold look, a bright rosy shade works like a charm.


Dark skin tones:

Raisin, deep terracotta, corals, bright tangerine, warm reds, warm browns and deep fuchsia tones. You need deep and bright colors to really come through your dark canvas – skin. If you use lighter colors there’s a big chance they won’t show so always look for deep colors.


Deep Skin:

It can be difficult to get pinks and corals to show up on deep or ebony skin tones, but something with a brick red tint will look epic.

Other shades that complement deep skin are raisin browns or bronzed sienna hues.


Fair Skins – soft pale, baby pinks to create the perfect flush.

Medium Skins – peachy toned and slightly more mauve based pinks are the colors for you.

Olive Skins – orange based corals or true rose red shades work brilliantly.

Dark Skins – Plum purples and brick red/ orange tones are ideal for darker skins.

Deep Skin Tones – Brick reds, raisin and sienna


How To Pick The Right Blusher Formula And Finish

Cream, powder, gel, tint… The type of texture and finish you settle for is largely down to preference, but if you want to look  f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s, your skin type should always be a factor.

Large pores?

Go for a matte powder. Acne-prone? Avoid thick or solid textures.

If You Have Oily Or Acne Prone Skin:

Always use powder blushers since they don’t have oils. Pick matte shades if you have super oily skin or large pores. Shimmery blushers will only accentuate pores and blemishes. Use them only if you have Great skin

Keep away from cream blushers and blushers that contain mineral oils in their formula.

Normal To Dry Skin:

You’ll do well with most blusher finishes, whether cream, powder, gel or tint. If you’re after dewy cheeks, try a hydrating cream or gel formula.

Beauty Tip: To get a dewy look for a long time, choose a cream blusher with natural oils and waxes in the formula. You can also spray a facial mist on to the brush then swirl it gently into your blush and blend it into your skin for an extra glowy finish.


How To Apply Blusher



Powder Blusher:

To get the perfect spot to start applying your blusher, imagine an invisible line coming down from your iris to the end of your nose. Starting from that spot, sweep the blusher onto the cheek and blend outwards towards the hairline, using quick circular motions. Don’t be afraid to sweep with your brush as this will effectively deposit the color into the right place.


Cream or Gel-Based Blusher:

Use a synthetic brush to pick the cream color and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. Blend the blusher with your fingertips for a soft finish. You can also use a damp beauty sponge and pat the color onto the apples of your cheeks for an airbrushed finish.

There you have it my dear! Now you’re ready to rock those cheeks with the most flattering blush shades for your own skin tone. What blush shades have you found the most flattering on you?


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