"There are tons of great blushes to choose from, but this one from Nars is hands down the best choice since it flatters all skin tones and gives an amazing flush of color to the skin," says makeup artist Aleetha Clanton.
For a natural look, choose a blush with the same undertone as your skin. If you want a bold looking blush, pick one with the opposite undertone as your skin. Therefore, If you have a warm skin tone (a yellow undertone), choose warm blush shade for a natural look and a cool blush shade for a pop of color.
Cream blush is generally more pigmented, making it great for deeper skin tones, but also more hydrating, so people with dry skin benefit from it as well. Powder blush, on the other hand, is more transparent and better suited to oily skin, since it won't slide off the way cream does.
7. Add blush for subtle dimension — especially if you're not a fan of bronzer. "Blush can also be used to create contour and shape the face," notes Eisdell. "Even if the photo is black and white, with blush on your cheekbones, you'll still have the look of definition.
The most universally flattering, can't-go-wrong blush shade? Peach. "Anybody can put on peach blush and look fantastic," says Ciucci (which is why you'll see this shade as a pick for multiple skin tones).
Shimmer vs. Matte: Shimmery blushes can be a pretty way to add a little glow to your skin. But since sparkly cheeks don't occur naturally, they're best paired with minimal make-up or at nighttime. Matte will always have a more organic look.
Apply blush in a "C" shape from the top of the temple down to the cheekbone. Use more product along the cheekbone, then diffuse it up towards the temple, pushing it in and upwards. Don't go overboard with your application: "You want a blended look since it's on more than just the cheeks," Glen warns.
Sweep your blush from the ear down the cheekbone towards the mouth. Add a little touch of blush to the chin and blend it well to make your face appear longer. Oblong/long faces - Apply blush on cheekbones below the outer corners of the eyes and blend well. Be sure the blush never extends lower than the tip of the nose.
Cream blush is great for mature skin, as powder blushes can settle into fine lines and creases and can give your skin a dry and cakey appearance. Cream blushes can be more hydrating and complimentary to mature skin, and they are great for those “no-makeup makeup” looks.
If you've already tapped too much pigment on your face, blot it to soften your look and disperse the colour with a damp makeup sponge. Some blushes can have shimmer, and highlighters can come in a warm tone, so using minimal amounts of both is key.
Though you often hear that highlighting your cheekbones with a little color can accent your bone structure, putting your blush too high can actually add years to your face. "Sweeping stripes of blush all the way up the cheekbone to the temple is a sure way to show your age.
Cream blush works on all kinds of skin types and across all age ranges—but it's especially perfect for dry or more mature skin which always needs that extra bit of moisture. The one skin type that might have issues with cream blush is very oily skins—powder formula makeup will always be the better option.
If you've already powdered your face, be sure not to add a cream or gel blush over top, as this can create a muddled-looking mess. That means you should always pair a powder foundation with a powder blush. Creams, meanwhile, can be worn successfully on bare skin or on top of cream or liquid formulas.
"The skin doesn't produce as much natural moisturizing factor as it used to, and the top layers of skin become dry," Dr. Carolyn Jacob, a dermatologist, told WebMD. And when you apply powder to that dry skin, it appears even more dry and either flake-y or cake-y. Both of these will add years to your appearance.