Find Your Blush!

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Giving a warm, natural colour of blood rushing to your cheeks – this is what blush does. Blush gives depth and contour to your cheeks and accentuates your inner glow. Unfortunately, blush comes in a wide variety of shades and tones that can get you confused on which shade is just right for your skin. A guide for beginners and experts alike read on to get the full story on one of the cosmetic industry’s best effects.

1. Choosing the appropriate shade of blush for your skin tone

This is similar to picking the right shade for your foundation, concealer or eye shadow. It is hard to pick out the right one – doing this would require comprehension of colour theory. But, you don’t need to worry; blushers today are very flexible, which will blend onto your skin tone easily. Getting off on the wrong track, however, will make your face drained or looking like a clown so you must ensure you chose a tone that suits your face.

2. What to consider

There are two simple things to take into consideration – skin and the context.

Skin tone

  • Know whether your skin is a warm or cool tone.
  • If you have a yellow undertone, you will settle in better with cool colours like mauve, rose and pinkish plum.
  • Orange, copper, almond or peach is appropriate for olive-skinned while blue skin tones (very dark-skinned) can opt for dark red or auburn.
  • Those with a neutral look can have any colour while those with pink tones can get away without a blush at all.

Skin strength

  • The darker the skin, the stronger the colour of the blush. It follows that the lighter the skin, the lighter the blush.
  • The intensity of the blusher will make or break your look. Having a blusher that is too weak for your skin will not even be seen.
  • Fair-skinned women may use a shade from a pale pinkish red to beige – you can also apply powder blush on top to have that translucent effect.
  • Medium tones call for warm pinks, brown-based pinks or soft beige. For the olive-skinned, brown-red, soft berry, honey beige or plum pink is recommended.
  • Those with a darker skin colour can use deep bronze, soft mahogany or cocoa.

Consider the colour of your hair and eyes.

  • Dark or black hair tends to make the skin look paler, so a stronger blush than the recommended shade might be needed.
  • Neutral shades like a bronzer should complement blonde hair and tanned skin.
  • Peach is a safer colour for red heads or those with loud hair colours, since it competes with your blush.
  • Day or night-time? Soft, natural colours like warm pinks, beige, peach, and mauve is more appropriate for evening affairs.
  • A bronzer can also be a substitute to blushers if you want a sun-kissed look.


3. Find Out Your Blush Colour

Do physical activities for about two to three minutes until your cheeks become pink. This is your natural blush colour. Try making a fist and squeeze quite tightly for 10 seconds. The colour that’s around your fingers and knuckles is also your natural colour tone.

If you’re still having a hard time knowing what the right shade is best for you, ask someone from the make-up counter. Since they have charts and colour wheels, it is best that you ask them for advice on colour.

4. When applying blush…

If you’re thinking on buying a blush, remember that you won’t find out the real shade until you try it out. Apply on the inside of your forearm to find out the colour. If it doesn’t stand out, then you have chosen the right colour.

Experimenting with the right shade and colour would require a face in full make-up. This will let you know if your blush is balanced with your make-up. Make sure that your blush will match the colour of your lipstick. Applying a little blush to the tip of your nose and chin will balance your look.

To ensure that your blush will blend with your make-up, apply blusher first or else it will compete with your eyeshadow and lip colour. If you find out that you have too much blush, don’t fret and panic,  just get a dry and clean sponge to soften the colours. Remember, this will all be in vain if you don’t know how to apply blush properly.

Have fun with your blush!

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