You make me blush.

Posted: Aug 12 2014

One of the best things about makeup is that there are no rules and you can always push the envelope and challenge what others feel makeup is ‘supposed’ to look like. With that in mind its always welcoming to have those fall-back, tried-and-true colours that you know will look fabulous and radiant on your skin. 

Choosing the perfect blush can be a daunting task and can pose a serious challenge, even for those experienced with makeup. It’s a sea of pink, apricot, berry and rose that can be intimidating, but the right blush really pulls a look together and brings out your skins natural glow. Every person should have (at least) two different shades to choose from, a peach tone and a pink tone. This way you have versatility regardless of the makeup look you’re going for.

I’ve broken down blush into 6 general colour categories to make it a little bit easier to navigate that sea of colour.

*Remember these are just guidelines! Wear what makes you feel confident and rock it!

Light Pink

These light hues are best reserved for those with fair skin. Soft, petal pinks provide the perfect flush without looking clownish on porcelain skin. My favourites are rms beauty’s lip2cheek in Demure and Julie Hewett's blush in Bud of Rose. 

Hot Pink

Although these blushes may look intimidating in the pan, they are one of the most universally flattering colours. Remember with these saturated tones, less is more. A quick swipe for those with fair skin livens up an entire look, and those with darker skin tones can build colour to achieve the perfect level of intensity.Pairing a touch of hot pink blush with a bronzy glow is my favourite way to rock these hues.

Try the Balm's Instain blush in Argyle or Jouer blush in Peony.

Rose

The warm undertones in tan and olive skin tones absolutely glow in medium pink to rose hues. I love rms beauty's lip2cheek in Modest and the Balm's shadow and blush in Cabana Boy.

Mauve

Cooler olive skin tones look amazing with a blush that’s in-between a pink and a purple. To add extra dimension, try layering mauve under a pink. I also love light mauves (like Jouer’s bouganvillea) on those with fair skin, it adds depth as well as a natural flush.

Try out the Balm's Instain blush in Houndstooth, or rms beauty's lip2cheek in Illusive.

Peach

Apricots and peaches give a sun-kissed glow to almost every skin tone. Those with darker skin should stay away from shimmery versions of this hue to avoid looking washed out and ashy.

My favourite matte shades are Jouer's blush in blossom and rms beauty's lip2cheek in Smile. For those that love shimmer try out the Balm's Hot Mama blush, it adds a beautiful warm glow.

Orange

Those with warm undertones rule this lively colour. It looks amazing on darker skin tones because it has enough colour to add beautiful colour without looking ashy and accentuates the depth of cocoa skin.

For the perfect hue try out the Balm's Instain blush in Swiss Dot, or ILIA beauty's multi stick in I Put A Spell On You.

Now that you have the perfect colour in mind its time to talk formula, there are multiple formulas and its time to choose cream, powder or liquid. When it comes to formula its all about personal preference, if you don’t like the medium chances are you won't reach for that product…even if you love the colour.

Cream

These formulas are best applied with your fingers because it helps warm up the product so it blends beautifully into your skin. Creams also add moisture for those with dry or mature skin and give your complexion a lit-from-within glow. (Creams can also double as lip colour!)

Liquid

Most liquid blushes are cheek stains that can also pull double duty as a lip stain. These formulas are easy to blend but once dry they stay in place and resist smudging.

Powder

Definitely the most common formula for everyday blush, best applied with a brush. For those with oily skin powder has more staying power than cream formulas and it can be more easily layered over foundation and concealer (cream blush can cause base makeup to move around during application).

Happy Blushing xx Katey