Which blusher suits your skin tone?

Blusher is the perfect way to give your complexion a healthy glow and enhance the definition of your face. However, with the wrong shade you can easily end up looking like a clown. Try out this guide to the right tone for your skin and you will have a healthy flush in no time.

Fair skin

For porcelain skin you need a soft shade that is not too heavy on your skin. Pink, tawny and light beige tones suit a fair skin best and can really add warmth and depth to your face. Don’t be scared to experiment with a darker tone – you don’t have to have a thick layer, just a thin smattering of colour to create a healthy glow. With pale skin the key is keeping the intensity of the blusher light.

Try Nars Orgasm Blusher, cost £21.


A medium skin tone is slightly darker than fair and is sometimes due to thicker skin. To get a really great blush stick to neutral, brownish pinks and golden tawny colours. The brownish pinks and golden tones will highlight the lightness of your skin tone and make it glow.

Try Blush Bojour Paris, Rose Ambre, cost £7.49.


If you have a yellow undertone to your skin try corals and coppers to complement your complexion. It might be a good idea to go for a matt shade during the day and then in the evening change to something with a bit of sparkle to enhance your colouring.

Try Mac Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush Pro Palette, Lady Blush, cost £14.50.


Olive skin has a natural golden glow that needs a bright, light blusher to show it off well. Deep peachy apricot shades will create a subtle warmth; for the evening try a light peach colour for a light glow.

Try Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin, cost £6.49.


Darker skins look best with plumb tones if you have a cool undertone or with rich bronzes if the tone is warmer. With darker skin you can go for a more intense brush but make sure that you don’t over-do it! Experiment with bright plums, oranges, deep auburns and burnt reds.

Try Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Blush Flame O4, cost £18.

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