Let’s Get Cheeky, or, Choosing the Correct Blush Color

Choosing the correct color of blush is vital to natural looking makeup. If you choose the wrong color for you, you may end up looking washed out or overdone. The right shade will give your face a healthy, vibrant glow.

The first step in choosing the right blush is to determine your skin tone. Are you warm or cool? Read my article “How To Choose The Correct Shade of Foundation” for detailed information on how to identify skin tone.

Once you know your skin tone, you can begin to refine your color selections.

Warm toned skin looks more natural in warmer colors with golden undertones like peaches, apricots, light golden browns and even pinky-peaches.

Cool toned skin gets a natural glow from pinks, roses and light mauves.

Here are some examples of warm and cool shades:

Warm Shades Herbs of Grace Warm Blush Colors Cool Shades Herbs of Grace Cool Blush Colors
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Brown
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Azalea
  • Wild Ginger
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Mahogany
  • Coral Bell
  • Desert Poppy
  • Amber Lily
  • Fringecup
  • Brown Bell
  • Chocolate Lily
  • Pink
  • Rose
  • Purple
  • Burgundy
  • Pink Carnation
  • Rose Petal
  • Primrose
  • Lavender Mist
  • Huckleberry
  • Dark Plum
  • Tulip
  • Raspberry
  • Alkanet
  • Orchid
  • Calypso
  • Mulberry

Herbs of Grace Product Recommendation: Blush Colors

Also take into consideration the lightness of your skin. Light skin needs a light shade, or can appear overly made up. Similarly, light blush colors can disappear on darker skin tones, so darker shades like burgundy or berry work well for them.

One more tip: Make sure your cheek and lip shades are in the same color family for a more natural, harmonious look.

Ideally, your blush shade should match the color of the apples of your cheeks when they are flushed. Observe the color of your cheeks after you’ve exercised and you will know which shade you’re after.


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This article is copyrighted by Vanessa Nixon Klein, the proprietor of Herbs of Grace, who is a Traditional Naturopath specializing in medicinal herbalism, nutritional therapy, homeopathy and aromatherapy. If you would like to reprint this article, either online or in print, please contact us.  vanessa@herbsofgrace.com

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