It's a mistake that everyone has made at one point. You dip your fluffy brush into a bright pink pigment, applying it liberally onto the apples of your cheeks — only to end up looking like a prettier version of Pennywise the clown. In an era where makeup is meant to be easy, blush is the one product that's still tough to nail... which is a shame, since there are so many great new fall 2018 blushes to choose from.
And according to Eric Scott Ferrell, a celebrity makeup artist who's worked with Beyoncé and Gabrielle Union, finding your hue isn't that hard. "It’s really a matter of trial and error," he tells The Zoe Report. "You go to the colors that most resemble your complexion and then sample on the jawline after."
Celebrity makeup artist Marco Castro agrees. “I always tend to go for shades with bright red and coral undertones, and according to your skin tone, you can pick a light, medium, or dark shade," he advises. "Blush should replicate the natural cheek color on babies and healthy young people after exercising when you can almost see the flow of rich, warm blood under the surface of the skin. Another way to pick the perfect one is to choose a color that is the same as your natural lip color after you bite your lips.” Simple enough, right?
With those tips in mind, check out the latest offerings from Shiseido, Lorac, and more.
Pale pink, and peaches work best. Remember that a little color goes a long way on a lighter complexions, and a few brushes of color will brighten up your look immediately.
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love is the Drug
A peachy hue that will add a "love flush" to your checks. The blush is buildable, so that you can easily add a deeper color, or adjust if you need a lighter tone.
Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in Sonoya
If you opt for a more natural look when applying makeup, this blush is for you. The breathable formula will keep your skin fresh while providing a natural flush.
Jill Stuart Beauty Mix Blush Compact in Baby Blush
This palette features four shades that highlight, and provide a soft matte finish. The color appears subtle, yet noticable.
If you have medium skin, your tone is already warm so you won't need a bunch of product to enhance a pop of color on your cheeks (lucky!). Stick with deeper pinks and warm mauves, as the richer pigments will show up easily on your skin.
TOM FORD Shade and Illuminate in Scintillate
Personally recommended by makeup artist Marco Castro, this blush duo is designed to add the right amount of color and contouring.
NARS Oversized Blush in Orgasm
New size, same orgasmic color. With rich pink undertones, Orgasm will make your complexion look lively, but still natural.
MORPHE 8W Warm Master Blush Palette
Infused with apricot and mauve-y shades, MORPHE provides eight different hues to choose from when applying.
"Try three different shades. The one that seems to disappear is yours,” Ferrell suggests. Rich reds, berries, and corals are all winners, as they still have bold undertones.
Black Up Blush Me Up Palette in Medium
Specially formulated for darker skin tones, just a few brush strokes will provide your skin with a radiant glow.
Onomie Boosting Lip+Cheek in Berry
A less conventional (but convenient) approach when applying blush — this small, but colorful balm adds just the right flush to a darker skin tone. The sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and cacay oil all work together to boost collagen production.
Lorac Shine Bright Color Source & Light Source Cheek Palette
Although a little on the softer side, these buildable blushes still pop once layered on.
Richer skin tones have the benefit of pulling off bright pinks and oranges. There’s no need to shy away from colors that might seem “overpowering,” because darker skin can carry these tones as natural and warm instead of loud.
MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Loudspeaker
“This is on the orangey side, and is perfect for darker-complexioned women,” Ferrell recommends.
Flesh Tender Flesh Blush in Rub
Flesh's creamy powder blush (great for the winter months ahead), is gorgeously crafted and infused with rich pigmentation.
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Blush in Sunset
The satin and powdery texture of Neo-Blush helps the color glide onto skin easily, and eliminates the need to reapply.