Conventional makeup wisdom says that your blush color should mimic the shade you naturally blush when your cheeks are pinched. I don’t follow that rule. I'll wear any color under the sun. Most days I reach for a peach or pink color to brighten up my big, wide cheeks, but now that it's winter I’m spicing things up with these four not-so-traditional blush shades.
If you’re in the market for a new blush, scroll all the way down for six blush tips everyone should know.
If you like coral cheeks, try NARS Blush in Exhibit A.
NARS Blush in Exhibit A looks frightening in the package, but once applied, it produces a pretty, matte, bright red flush. The formula is very blendable, so you can diffuse the color if you put on too much. This color will pop on people with deeper skin tones, but it will also look great on people with fairer complexions, as long as they use a lighter hand when applying.
If you like a bright pink flush, try Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken.
This lilac blush instantly gave me glow-y fairy princess cheeks that look sort of pink. If you have light skin, this color would look fantastic on you, but people with deeper skin may have trouble getting this shade to show up. Here I paired it with a nude pink lipstick, although I can imagine this would look extra fantastic with a Barbie pink lip.
If you glow wearing warm peachy shades, try NYX Powder Blush in Terracotta.
This copper cheek color with golden shimmer screams summer because it leaves your face with a sexy sheen and doubles as bronzer. However, it can also work for winter when paired with a deeper lip color or smoky eye makeup, or when used as a contouring blush paired with minimal makeup. This blush adds warmth and slightly contours my cheeks. Although it isn’t super-pigmented (which is OK with me), it is buildable. I’m wearing it with a nude lip color.
If you like a deep, dramatic flush, try Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush for Cheeks in Blushing Bride
Winter is the perfect time for plum blush, since it’s dark and dramatic. This Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride has some pink in it, making it easier to pull off than a true purple shade. I like that it gives me a buildable, brightening, berry-colored flush. Here I paired it with a faded reddish plum.
6 Blush Tips Everyone Should Know
If you’re thinking of trying out a strong cheek color or a non-traditional cheek color, heed these tips to make sure things go smoothly.
- Don’t judge a blush by how it appears in the pan. Blushes are supposed to be blended out, so always expect a softer version of the color you see in the pan.
- There is such a thing as too pigmented. Pay attention to how well the blush blends when you’re testing it in-store. Steer clear if it’s stiff and won’t soften up.
- Always use a light hand to apply dark blush since it’s easier to add more blush later on than to remove it.
- Use a clean brush to diffuse the color after the initial application for a more natural look.
- When in doubt, match your lip color to your dark blush. It’s actually easier to do than doing completely neutral or bare eyes or lips. A lipstick in a shade similar to the blush helps bring out the color of the blush without completely stealing the focus from the cheeks. Lighter cheek colors, of course, work with a wider array of eye and makeup looks.
- Think you've over-applied your blush? Try lightly patting or dusting powder foundation over your cheeks to soften the color. Or, if all else fails, I like using the back of my hands or cotton balls to gently wipe away excess blush.
- Are you wearing any non-traditional blush colors this season?
- What is your favorite hue?