Women having been wearing blush as far back as Egyptian times, using crushed fruit and vegetables to define the cheekbones and give an appearance of youth. Luckily the only fruit on our cheeks are the bright hues associated with this season’s hottest looks.
Noticeable blushes can complement this season’s similarly bright lipstick color trends without being overpowering. In fact, blush can actually help balance the appearance of color on your face. And the best part is it’s easy to apply with a few quick techniques from the pros.
Know Your Skin
Many women dislike using brighter toned blushes because they are afraid they will appear clownish. The key to avoiding this is to know your skin tone and skin type.
For fairer beauties, pink and peach blushes work best. Think Lancôme Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Blushing Nude or Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Almond Blossom.
Those on the medium spectrum can delve into the world of corals and rosy pinks. Try Benefit CORALista Box O' Powder.
Darker skin tones should play in the realm of deeper reds and oranges. Consider Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Fresh Melon.
“It may take a few tries before you get used to the look, but rosy cheeks are definitely in,” says Bianca Posterli, editorial director for Glam Media. “Opt for pink hues, dewy application, and really focus on the apple of your cheeks.”
Knowing your skin type is equally as important because it will help you choose the best type of blush for your skin. Here’s a breakdown of the various blush formulas and what skin type is suited for each:
Cream – Dry skin (the cream moisturizes the skin, helping the product stick)
Powder — Oily skin (absorbs the oil, which keeps color in place)
Gel/Liquid Stain — Normal skin (provides long-lasting color without smudging and dries quickly)
“If you’ve wandered into a store without doing any research beforehand and you’re jumping into the world of blush for the first time, remember this trick: either pinch your cheeks or squeeze your fists and pick a hue that’s similar,” Posterli advises.
Shana King, senior director of beauty and education at Anisa International, suggests applying a light dusting to the apple of your cheek and softening outwards. To add more intensity to the look, apply blush color to the base of the cheekbones blending outwards toward the hairline. And, remember, if all else fails, blend!
“If you are a novice blush user then I suggest opting for neutral shades that will pair with both your skin tone and hair color,” says King. “Remember that blush should accent your features, not overpower them.”
It is easier to add more color than it is to take away. If you’re using a new color for the first time, begin with a conservative amount of blush, then add more if needed.
Last but not least, invest in a good blush brush.
“While blushes sometimes come with a brush, depending on the product you buy, it’s worth it to invest in a new, well-made brush,” suggests Posterli. “Blush brushes are smaller than powder brushes and should be domed with tapered bristles.”
A fluffier brush is perfect for powder blushes, while a more tapered brush is best for cream blush formulas.
Beauty within Budget
$40 and Under
- Laura Geller Baby Cakes Blush Palette ($39.75)
- Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Destination Eye & Cheek Palette ($37.50)
- CARGO Contour Palette ($36)
$30 and Under
- Benefit Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain ($30)
- CARGO Cheek Color Sticks ($26)
- Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush ($26)
$20 and Under