If you haven’t noticed, this is the year of blush. Soft pinks, striking rouge, and even oranges have taken center stage in our favorite makeup looks. And I couldn’t be happier. Blush is one of the most powerful tools in your makeup arsenal. Not only can it bring warmth to your skin and brighten your face, but it can even add dimension and enhance the natural shape of your bone structure. As a professional makeup artist who prides myself on helping women of all skin types feel beautiful, blush is one of my favorite things.
I recently had the opportunity to make up the faces of dozens of beautiful women at the Kreyol Essence VIP lounge at the 2022 Haitian Ladies Network event. The one product I kept applying over and over was blush. So many of these women were surprised by how well blush highlighted their natural beauty because they usually avoided it when doing their own makeup. When they thought of blush, they thought of light shades that disappeared into their skin or garish tones that clashed with the deepness of their own skin.
Unfortunately, this is the fault of mainstream cosmetic companies. For years, makeup lines have been tailored toward lighter skin tones. The pigments they’ve released would leave white casts or wouldn’t even show up on tan skin. Or worse, when they develop shades for deep skin tones, they’d be in unappealing colors that brought down women’s confidence instead of building it up. So, many black and brown women just resigned themselves to doing their makeup without blushing. But we don’t need to do that anymore! The world of makeup is changing, and brands like Juvia’s place, Rose Inc., and Fenty have wide ranges of blush shades that work for everybody (just like makeup is meant to). If you’ve kept blush out of your makeup routine but are ready to add that pop of color back in, now is the time!
What Blush Colors Should You Choose?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options when you’re choosing your first blush. You must consider color, the shade of that color, and even its tone. Should you go for pink or red, light, or dark, warm or cool? Well, there’s no one to answer. Although you may see posts saying that dark skin tones should stick to deep colors, you don’t have to box yourself in. Feel free to experiment with bright colors that stand out. Or, add drama to your makeup look with wine tones that’ll make your skin glow.
One way to choose which blush is right for you is to look at your skin’s natural undertones. If you’re not sure what your skin’s undertone is, check your wrist. If the veins there look blue, you’re likely cool-toned. But if they look green, you’re probably warm-toned. If you see a mix of both, your skin likely has a neutral undertone. Finding a brush that matches your skin’s undertone will make your skin look healthy and alive. Warm tones tend to love reds and oranges. Meanwhile, cool tones thrive with purple tints and berry blushes. I have a red undertone, and I love using orange-colored blushes to brighten my face.
How Do You Apply Blush?
Adding blush to your makeup routine doesn’t have to be hard. Once you find one that you love, all you need is a fluffy brush, a makeup sponge, or even your fingers to apply it. Now, blush comes in many different forms. There are creams, sticks, liquids, and powders. What you choose is completely up to you – the process is similar regardless of its formula. All you need to do is apply a small amount of product to the round part of your cheeks and blend. How you blend will change the way the blush hugs your face, which can create so many different looks.
Blending outward from the apples of your cheeks straight to your hairline can help contour and warm up your face. But keeping the blush closer to the center of your face can give you a youthful glow. You can also skip the round part of your cheeks entirely and add blush to the sides of your face, sweeping just underneath your cheeks, back to your hairline, and up to the outer corner of your eyes. This creates the illusion of sharp cheekbones and a sculpted face.
Give yourself the freedom to play around with the kinds of blush you use, how you put it on your face, and even how much you use. I love the subtle hint of color on my cheeks for my everyday look, but sometimes I want to play it up and make my blush the star of the show. Find what you like, and don’t be afraid to try out some dramatic looks. Once you see how blush can transform your face, you’ll be hooked, and it’ll become a part of your daily routine.