There are no rules that state that a woman has to wear any specific color of blush. However, that does not mean that a women should wear any color she feels like wearing. Not if she cares what she looks like, anyway. Below are a few guidelines that will help you choose the right blush color, so that your makeup will look flawless and natural.
Consider Your Skin Tone When Choosing Blush
By far, the biggest mistake that women make when trying to choose the right blush color is purchasing shades that are either too light, or too dark for their skin tone. This can cause the blush to either go completely unnoticed, or stand out in a way that is not at all flattering. Women with fair hair and skin should avoid any shade of brown. Brown causes too high of a shading level on fair skin individuals, and will create more definition than it should.
Blush is meant to highlight your cheek bones, not color them in. No matter what your skin tone, blush should be applied with a delicate touch. Blush should only be applied to the to the middle and upper portions of your cheek bone, and not all over.
Stick With the Basic Blush Colors
If you have no idea how to choose the right blush color, try sticking with the basic colors. Shades of berries, pinks, and roses are all great options as they come in many shades from light to dark. By starting with basic colors, you will be able to quickly start the process of eliminating shades that are unflattering.
Never be afraid to mix different shades together. It just might be that you need to create your own custom color. Powder blush is the easiest to mix, but creams can be mixed as well. Try mixing just a small amount at a time, so that you do not waste much blush while experimenting.
Types of Blush and Proper Application
Women with oily skin should never use cream blush, as it may make oily skin worse. Cream blush should be used when you have dry skin, or have wrinkles that you would like to hide. Cream blush will fill in wrinkles, and make them less noticeable. Powder blush will settle into the wrinkles, and highlight them even more.
If you have a round, or “moonpie” shaped face, try using a combination of both a lighter and darker shade. The lighter shade should be applied directly to the cheek bones, and the darker shade should go just underneath. This method of application will give your cheeks are more defined look. Be sure to blend the colors well. Otherwise, you will be left with a stark contrast that is quite noticeable.
Finally, when trying to choose the right blush color, consider the other colors of your makeup. Your blush does not have to exactly match these other colors, but they should at least work together, and not against each other. For example, a dark brown lipstick and a light pink blush are just a bad idea, no matter what your skin tone.
If you need further advice, or an outside opinion, visit the makeup counter of your local department store. Yes, they will likely try to sell you something, but you are under no obligation to buy anything. Women that work in this department are trained to help people just like you make makeup choices, and there is no reason you should not take advantage of their professional advice.
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