Beauty Guru: Guide to Selecting the Perfect Blush

Blush should be part of your daily makeup routine, regardless of the season. Blush can enhance a sun-kissed complexion, or add some color to an otherwise pale complexion in the dead of winter. Selecting the perfect blush is quite challenging; there are creams, powders and gels, and a plethora of colors to decide on.

There are two critical factors when selecting your perfect blush: the first is recognizing your skin type, i.e. oily, dry, or combination, and second is identifying your skin tone, i.e. fair, medium, or dark.

Types of Blushes

For a natural-looking finish, use powder blush.
Powder blush is best for the oily skin type. It provides a natural-looking finish, goes on smoothly and is easy to blend. Powder blushes are best applied with a wide, quality brush, since it will follow the natural curves of the cheek bone. To ensure a smooth and even application, tap the excess powder off the brush and apply to the center, fatty part of the cheek and work and blend, following the cheek bone. While everyone's facial structure is different, a good rule of thumb is to apply blush where color naturally arises.

Cream blushes are oil-free and best for dry and mature skin. They are generally applied with the fingertips and give a precise result. Cream blushes can also be applied with a makeup sponge. Stick blushes are considered a cream blush, but you have less control in the application process.

Color

Knowing your skin tone is critical when choosing a shade.
This is where knowing you skin tone is critical. Have you ever worn a blouse that is just the right color, making your complexion glow, while some colors leave your complexion looking washed out? The same rule applies to blush; some colors will complement the complexion and bring about a beautiful glow, while others are not attractive at all. Here are some color tips:

Fair skin (sun burns easily, freckles, porcelain complexion) - consider a light pink or peach

Medium skin tone - consider blushes with a hint of brown or rich shades, such as peach, dusty rose, cranberry

Olive or Asian skin tone usually yellow undertones) - warm pinks and plums

Sun-tanned skin - orange, apricot and coral

Dark skin tones - bronze, apricot, berry colors

Black skin - apricot, magenta, gold blush, ruby color. Avoid bright pinks.

While I understand the above is pretty general, it is a good starting point. It's time to start experimenting!

Lastly, blush can also be used to elongate a round face. To apply this technique, you will need to purchase a blush palette that enhances your skin tone. The palette should consist of a dark color, medium color and light color. First apply the darkest tone just below the check bones and blend out, but do not go past the corner of the outer eye. Secondly, apply the medium shade and blend all of the way to the temple. Lastly, use the lightest color and highlight the check bones. This technique will give the appearance of a thinner face and elongate the face.

Carol Belanger is an author of 300+ skin care recipes and Shine Beauty Guru. I hope you will stop by visit my Shine blog which offers skin care and hair care tips and product reviews. Or, stop by and visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for skin care and hair care recipes and products for all your beauty needs.