Finding the right shade of blusher for your skin tone is crucial for achieving that natural flush. The wrong shade can leave you looking washed out. We asked two of our favourite makeup artists for their tips for sourcing the perfect shade of blush for you.
I HAVE A FAIR SKIN TONE
Soft, rosy pink and peach tones might be the obvious go-to shades for you, but they’re not your only option. “Depending on the undertone of the person’s skin, and how naturally flush their cheeks get I might opt for a cool mauve,” says New York based makeup artist William Scott. And, in terms of your texture choice, William recommends a sheer powder blush. “It can be layered to achieve just the right level of colour and life to the skin after applying foundation,” they add.
Our favourite blushers for fair skin tones, include Charlotte Tilbury Fard à joues Cheek To Chic, 32,00 £ in First Love, which gives cheeks the slightest hint of pink. If you prefer a liquid texture, look to Chantecaille Gelée pour les joues, 41,00 £ in Happy. Press the gel-like formula onto your cheeks with clean fingers for that glow-from-within finish.
I Have A Warm Skin Tone
Warm peach pigments will work best for you, but don’t go for anything too flashy or sparkly,” says makeup artist Pascale Pomat. “Look for yummy, fruity colours to help make your skin pop.”
Velvety apricot hues and soft berry shades will give your skin a natural-looking warmth. Veer away from cool pastel tones as these can leave you looking ashy and washed-out. If you have a warm skin tone and prefer powder blushers, look to Laura Mercier Fard à joues Infusion de couleurs, 16,20 £ in Peach, which offers buildable coverage. Unsurprisingly, Laura Mercier Couleur crème pour les joues, 15,00 £ is equally as good if you prefer cream textures. We love Sunrise for a warm berry shade.
I Have A Olive Skin Tone
Similar to those with a warm skin tone, you should opt for rich hues. “Dullness can sometimes be an issue for olive complexions, so warm, orange tones will help add some brightness and radiance,” says Pascale.
While it might feel more natural to opt for a cream blusher to achieve a dewy glow, Pascale has an interesting rule of thumb. “If I’ve used foundation underneath I’ll opt for a silky powder, but if I’m applying blusher directly onto bare skin I like to use a cream texture,” he says. For a warm, natural glow look no further than By Terry Palette CC éclaircissante, 42,00 £, which lights up olive toned skin effortlessly. Dust onto the apples of your cheeks for an effortless boost of colour and radiance. If Pascale has inspired you and you’re applying your blusher over foundation, try Nars Blush, 16,50 £ in Liberte.
I Have A Deep Skin Tone
“In my experience, a lot of blushes fail darker skin tones because the pigment in the pan doesn’t translate onto the skin,” says William. “I’d recommend avoiding blushers that use gold or orange shimmer as these often look too pale and unsaturated on their own.” Instead, they recommend opting for burnished terracotta tones and rich berry shades.
If you decide to go bright but apply too much, fear not as William as a clever trick. “Rub your hands together to warm them and then press your palms into your cheeks to take away some colour,” they say. “If there is still too much, use your foundation brush to erase.”
The makeup artist Bernicia Boateng loves the versatility of Kevyn Aucoin Le Néo-Blush, 28,00 £ in Grapevine. From a soft pink to a rich berry hue, this powder complements deep skin tones beautifully. If you’re looking for a cream texture in a bold shade, try Sisley-Paris Phyto Blush Twist, 50,00 £ in Fushia.