At BeautyMNL, we are firm believers in the democracy of color. Any woman can pull off whatever hue she sets her heart on—in the proper dosage, of course, and with the right attitude! Having said that, some shades within the same color family simply complement certain skin tones better than others. That’s why the beauty world offers a cornucopia of pigments for the lips, the lids, the nails, and the star of today’s story—the cheeks.
Want the most flattering flush ever? First, figure out your undertone and face shape (placement is key, ladies). Then, sweep through the list below. These blushers for fair, medium, and deep skin are oh-so-crushable—and they’ll fine-tune your search in a cinch!
Your pegs: Julia Barretto, Heart Evangelista, Emma Stone
If you have warm undertones: Go for a peachy blush with a hint of shimmer in it. The worldwide darling for this skin tone is NARS’ Powder Blush in Orgasm—a certified glow-getter. We also like Palgantong’s Pop Cheek Blush in Virgin Peach, which warms up the skin with flecks of gold pearl.
If you have cool undertones: Try an icy pink, which imparts a just-pinched look to your cheeks. We’re loving Lioele’s Cheek Beam Blusher in Peach Pink at the moment—a candy-like hue that’s perfect for ivory skin. RMK’s Sheer Powder Cheeks in Natural Rose will do the trick, too!
Your pegs: Kathryn Bernardo, Karen Pamintuan, Vanessa Hudgens
If you have warm undertones: Try a pinkish-nude blush, like Tarte’s Natural Cheek Stain in Exposed or Y.E.T.’s Shy Girl Powder Blush in Tea Rose. The neutral leanings of this pink shade makes you look lit from within, instead of painted on the surface. That’s exactly what you want from a good blush.
If you have cool undertones: Our top choice is a classic rose, like Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Powder Pink. And if you’ve just come from the beach and are tanner than usual, a mauve blush like Wet n’ Wild’s Color Icon Blusher in Heather Silk will set your skin off nicely. Remember, it’s the amount of blush you apply that tips you over the line between glowing and garish.
Your pegs: Bianca Gonzalez Intal, Nikita McElroy, Rihanna
If you have warm undertones: Try a poppy blush that’s on the reddish side, like NARS’ Pierre Hardy Collection Blush in Boys Don’t Cry or the new Matte Multiple in Siam (this is gorgeous). You’ll want something this bright to offset your tan—just blend, blend, blend for a subtle, non-streaky, sun-kissed look.
If you have cool undertones: Go for a blush in bright coral or tangerine, like Laura Mercier’s Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour in Coral Glow. This will make you look absolutely radiant—and nope, it won’t be too much. On a budget? Opt for Lioele’s Carry Me Blusher in Cutie Peach, a shade that’s more citrusy than its name suggests.
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