Choosing the appropriate shade of blush for your skin tone is similar to picking the right shade of foundation, concealer or eye shadow. Choosing the right one requires a comprehension of the colour theory but don’t worry, blushers today are very flexible and will easily blend in with your skin tone. Getting off on the wrong track, however, will either have you looking drained or looking like a clown.

Skin type and hair colour.

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

The darker the skin, the stronger the colour of the blush must be and 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. Powder blush can be applied over it for a 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, such as a bronzer, should complement blonde hair and tanned skin. Peach is a safe colour for redheads or those with loud hair colours, since the hair can compete with the blush. In the evening, soft, natural colours such as warm pinks, beige, peach and mauve are more appropriate. A bronzer can substitute for blushers if you want a sun-kissed look.

Selection

Do physical activity for about two to three minutes until your cheeks become pink. If you still have a hard time choosing the right shade, ask someone from the make-up counter, who has a chart and colour wheel, for advice.

You won’t see the real shade until you try it out. Apply the blush on the inside of your forearm. If it doesn’t stand out, you have chosen the right colour.

Application

Make sure that your blush matches the colour of your lipstick and apply a little blush to the tip of your nose and chin to balance your look.

To blend your blush with your make-up, apply it first. You don’t want it competing with your eye shadow and lip colour. If you find you have too much blush, don’t fret. Just use a dry, clean sponge to soften the colour.

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