Avoiding Blush Blunders With Shade Savvy

Credit Christopher Griffith

How does one choose a shade of blush? That is the question.

I admit, there have been plenty of times where I loved a certain shade of blush on display, but on my mug it was not so hawt.

Blush is so key to a made-up face, so if done poorly (application or color) it can look quite ridiculous. Trust me, I’m a blush lady of the night so I’ve had my fair share of blush blunders.

Real Simple‘s rule of thumb?

…find a blush that suits your complexion best, you should choose one based on your skin’s undertones.

Easier said than done, right? Real Simple breaks it down further:

If you tan easily or your skin is olive, chances are you have gold or yellow undertones. If you blush readily yours are probably pink or red. If your complexion is dark you have plum or blue undertones.

Once you determined which tone you are, follow these general guidelines:

Gold or yellow undertones: Pick orange or reddish pinks. They enhance brightness and diminish sallowness
Pink or red undertones: Stick with light pinks to complement your coloring (for a natural looks), or try peach or mocha to cut redness
Plum or blue undertones: Opt for vivd oranges or pinks, which will stand out against your skin.

But the best thing to do (in Femilady’s not-so-humble opinion)? Trial and error.

And remember, blush beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I personally like a blush w/ a hint of shimmery dimension–NARS Orgasm–even though flat rose colors have been recommended to me by some makeup artists in the past.

It’s also important to use a cheek color that will “play well” with your eyeshadow and lipstick colors.

So, more often than not the beauty buyer (you!) knows best. Trust the gut.

Need some blush ideas (powders, sticks, stains, creams, etc.)? Check out Real Simple’s Best Blushes list.