One of the most underrated heroes of your make up bag is the blusher. If you're guilty of skipping this step you're missing out on taking your look to the next level, plus you're not doing your cheekbones any favours.
Adding tones of pinks and reds to your cheeks is the fastest and easiest way to always look fresher and younger. But it's not just about adding a touch of colour to your face (which we can all benefit from, especially in the colder months) but when used correctly blush can also create the illusion of cheekbones.
When it comes to selecting a shade it's not as simple as picking any old pinkish hue though; there are so many variations to choose from, from magenta to rose, warm reds to cool pinks, and everyone's colouring will react differently.
Read our guide to selecting the best blush to complement your skin tone, choose the one that best suits you, then arm yourself with a good brush and get blushing.
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If you're super pale then you can really benefit from a dusting of blush. The right tone will save you from looking washed out, warm up your complexion, and make you look less tired.
Fair Skin - The Pinks
If you've got pink undertones you probably shy away from the blusher, as you feel you don’t need any more pink on your cheeks, but a cool pink tone will actually work really well on you. When it comes to blusher you want it to look as natural as possible, kind of like you're blushing ever so slightly, so pale and soft pastel pinks will match your colouring best. One to try is Physicians Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural. A good tip when choosing your shade is you can take your cue from the pink colour of the inside of your lip!
Fair Skin - The Peaches
Peach is a safe bet for most skin tones as it looks great on pretty much everyone, and if you have pale skin with yellow undertones it will look uber natural on you. A good option is Essence Mosaic Blush in Miss Floral Coral. Combine it with a stroke of bronzer for added warmth. If you’ve got pale skin you need a blush that isn’t too harsh, so choose products that have shimmer to them, are easy to blend, and generally powder formulas, as they are more light-weight.
Fair Skin - The Plums
If you want a look that is more night-time than natural choose a plum shade. The blue undertones suit your light skin if you have cool undertones and the darker shade is great for contouring cheek bones. Dab a bluey/pink stain (like LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick in Plush) in the hollows of your cheeks and blend well.
Essence Mosaic Blush
Miss Floral Coral
LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick
Physicians Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush
Olive Skin - The Bronzes
You're in luck; bronzer will work amazingly as a blush on your glowy, golden skin. Use a darker shade like LA Girl Velvet Bronzer Contour Stick in Brazen Bronze in the hollows of your cheeks, blending out towards your ear. Then take a slightly lighter shade, and blend it just above (along your actual cheekbone) to add serious definition. The darker your skin tone then more strokes of bronzer you can apply. The result will be a beautiful combination of natural and shimmery.
Olive Skin - The Peaches
Olive skin can be varied in terms of light and dark, but always have a green undertone and the right hue of blush can do wonders to complement or correct that. Give yourself a healthy look with a warm peachy shade. Stick to pure peach tones such as Palladio Matte Blush in Toasted Apricot, as anything too orange or too pink might look unnatural. Everyone's skin is slightly different and blush comes in so many subtle variations so be sure to test out a wide variety before settling on your perfect product.
Olive Skin - The Roses
If you worry about looking sallow you can correct this with a touch of rose. Rose tones sit between pink and red and generally suit olive-skinned women. Rose has a playful, childlike quality to it so will both add warmth to your face and make you look younger, which we’re always happy about! Try Revlon Powder Blush in Ravishing Rose.
Palladio Baked Bronzer
Palladio Matte Blush
Revlon Powder Blush
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Essence Matt Touch Blush - Peach Me Up! 10
Essence Mosaic Blush - Miss Floral Coral 10
LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick - Pinch Me
LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick - Plush
LA Girl Velvet Blush Stick - Crushed Berry
L'Oreal True Match Blush - Rose Amour 95
Palladio Baked Bronzer - Caribbean Tan
Palladio Matte Blush - Toasted Apricot
Physicians Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush - Natural
Revlon Powder Blush - Orchid Charm
Revlon Powder Blush - Ravishing Rose