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On a dull, dreary day, just one swipe of blush instantly transforms the face and adds a bit of glamour and fun to the whole look.

Nars Blush

And there are plenty options to choose from for every skin tone and personality, not to mention texture and price points. From iconic ones like Nars Orgasm to new-age beauties like Glossier’s cult Beam, there is much you can experiment with this season. Here’s a look at the best choice for every skin tone.

Deep skin tones: Reds, maroons, and burgundys

M.A.C Matte Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet
M.A.C Matte Powder Blush – Frankly Scarlet

The fact few colours stands out on deep skin makes it tricky, but understand that it gives us license to go with deeper and darker, with more pigmented hues. Try a pink or a peach and there are chances you will look flaky and ashy. To look natural, pick from bolder tones – plum, burgundy, and maroon, even red. Opt for creamy blushes than powdery ones because the latter, once again, makes one look ashy, while the creamy texture gives it an almost dewy feel. Avoid shimmer and pick up a matte texture that adds more depth to your look.
Best blushes: Nars blush in Exhibit A; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks – Raspberry; and M.A.C Matte Powder Blush – Frankly Scarlet

Dark skin tone: Terracottas and mauves

Stila Custom Color Blush in Adjustable Bronze
Stila Custom Color Blush in Adjustable Bronze

Darker skin has the same issues as deep skin tones but one can go for lighter shades that showcase the yellow and warmer undertones. Oranges and brick-hued shades are best suited for this because they give the cheeks that much needed pop without being over-the-top. A warm glow is what we should be aiming for. Shimmer could also work wonders but use it sparingly.
Best blushes: Clinique Cheek Pop – Cola Pop; M.A.C Matte Powder Blush – Burnt Pepper; and Stila Custom Color Blush in Adjustable Bronze and Makeup Forever High Definition Cream Blush – #425

Olive skin tone: Deep rose shades and plush oranges

Tom Ford blushOlive skin tone are perfect for trying out offbeat shades that are both creamy and matte. They fall right in between medium and fair skin tones so there’s a bit of fun to be had and one needs to go for rose pinks, light oranges, and fun bronze shades – anything that adds more depth and contours the face beautifully.
Best blushes: Bobbi Brown Blush in Clementine; Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo in Exotica Flora; and Givenchy Blush Memoire De Forme

Medium skin tone: Peaches and pinks

Becca
The good thing about a medium skin tone is that the lighter but more pigmented shades show up beautifully. The texture can be matte or powder, but it shows the flush well and adds that just-got-out-of-the-sun look. Opt for lighter peaches, rosy pinks, dusty mauves to deepen the effect and to add a glow. Anything on a stick works here to create that radiance.
Best blushes: Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in 03 MomokoL’Oreal Paris Le Bar Matte Blush in Play with Me and Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush in Brazen Bronze

Fair skin tone: Light pinks and warmer peaches

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush And Highlight Palette – Pacific Coast Pink

Blushes for this tone come with a clear mandate: Shimmer and shine alongside a bit of pink. The cooler undertones give out a pale look so one needs to balance it out with a neat rosy hue to make it look natural and effortless. Peaches also make a statement here if you use them moderately. You could also try a warmer fig or mauve but clearly, pink works best here.
Best blushes: Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush And Highlight Palette – Pacific Coast Pink; Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink; Tom Ford Cheek Color – Frantic Pink

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.