― Elizabeth Ulloa, makeup artist
For most women, the struggle to pick the right blush is unending. With so many amazing shades out there, it sure is a tough job to zero in on the one that suits you the most. But, we are here to tell you that there’s no need to be overwhelmed by it. With some useful tips to choose a blush for your skin, you can easily get natural- and subtle-looking makeup every time.
Finding Your Skin Undertone
What is skin undertone? There are three types of undertones―cool, neutral, or warm. What this means is that an undertone is the color that is underneath your skin. Even though your skin tone may alter over time due to sun exposure, age, pollution, etc., the undertone will remain the same.
There are two tests you can do at home to determine your skin undertone.
1. To do the first test, you need to stand outside where there is direct sunlight. Hold out your arm, palm facing upward, and look at the color of your veins.
2. For the second test, you will require one silver bracelet and one gold bracelet. Now, wear both on either arm to see which one looks better (not your personal preference).
People with cool undertones
1. … have blue or purple veins on their wrists.
2. … look good in silver jewelry rather than gold.
If you have a cool undertone and have a fair skin tone, you should go with a pale pink, plum, apricot, rosy tones, cool to deep peach shades, or even the pink-peach shade. As for women with medium to dark skin tone and cool undertones, amber, rose, and tangerine blush shades are apt.
People with neutral undertones
1. … have blue-green veins on their wrists.
2. … look good in both gold and silver jewelry.
For women with neutral undertones, consider yourselves lucky as every blush shade will suit you. However, pink-peach, coral pink, rosewood, and burgundy shades are more favorable.
People with warm undertones
1. … have green or olive veins on their wrists.
2. … look good in gold jewelry rather than silver.
Medium to dark skin tones with warm undertones look radiant with blush shades that can give it a pop of color. Choose from cool, bright pink, and fuchsia. On the other hand, for women with fair skin and warm undertones, peachy-yellow shade blushes can work wonders.
Choosing Your Perfect Blush
For the purpose of this article, we have listed 8 skin tone shades below. Now that you’re familiar with undertones, go through the following information to find the skin tone that either matches yours, or comes as close as possible.
Many women, through no fault of their own, often overlook a simple, yet critical, detail while applying blush―concentrating it only on the cheeks. Blush is mostly applied to create an illusion of a natural, healthy glow. In the following section, we will go over the steps on how to apply cream and powder blush correctly.
Take an angled brush, and dip it in the cream blush as gently as you can. Make sure you’re not applying too much pressure, or the brush will accumulate more product unnecessarily.
At the back of your hand, blot the loaded brush at least 3 times. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting too much blush on your cheeks.
Stand in front of the mirror, and smile as wide as you can to make the apples ‘pop’. With the loaded brush, press and stamp (not smear or sweep) it on each apple.
Once the apples are done, do not dip the brush back into the blush. Instead, move towards your temple and eventually, to the edge of your brow bone as you stamp the brush.
Now, we will apply the powder blush. Take the round-tip brush, and dip it in the powder blush as gently as you can.
To remove excess powder, tap the brush a couple of times over the edge of the container. Now, follow the same technique as mentioned in steps 3―4.
Before after blush
If applying both cream and powder blush is too much for you, choose either of the formulas for your specific skin type―dry or oily skin. Mostly for dry or mature skin, a cream blush is ideal as it gives you a great flush of color without being too obvious. And go with a powder blush as it will have more staying power for oily skin.
Before applying blush, remember to moisturize your skin properly and apply primer for a smooth base. This way, the color will spread evenly on your cheeks, and will give you a natural glow.