Here is your first installment of our new biweekly series, “Every Girl Must Have“, where we bring to you tutorials, tips, and suggestions for the wardrobe and makeup bag essentials you should always have in your arsenal.
Today’s feature: Blush!
Blush, or blusher, is used on the cheeks for a pop of color, a hint of warmth, or contouring the face shape. Blushes come in all shapes and forms; what suits you best depends on your skintone, skin texture, and the other base makeup you wear.
Below I’ve recommended some of my favorite products that would suit Asian and Indian skin colors. The most important part about picking the right blush to wear every day is to make sure it matches your lip color.
The rule of thumb for having a well-stocked blush bag is to have one of each of these five color families:
Have a blush in each of these five colors and you’ll never need another again!
Have a pink blush to pair with pink lipglosses and lipsticks as well as nude and “my lips but better” lipcolors. Pink blush will also look lovely with some plum lipcolors as well.
Product Rec: MAC Powder Blush in Pink Swoon
Use a peach blush with peach, coral, or beige lipglosses and lipsticks as well as nude lipcolors. Try a peach blush with a hint of shimmer for fun in the summer.
Product Rec: MAC Powder Blush in Peachykeen
Have a plum blush handy to match with plum or berry lipsticks and lipglosses. Try a plum blush with a hint of shimmer for a sexy and elegant look at formal events or parties.
Product Rec: MAC Powder Blush in Plum Foolery
This is perhaps the most important blush to own: a red-based blush that mimics your natural flush. I would always recommend this shade for bridal wedding makeup and for date night makeup for a healthy, charming glow. Use a red blush with lipstains and muted berry, red, or brown lipsticks and lipglosses.
Product Rec: MAC Powder Blush in Pinch Me
Finally, have a bronze powder blush for days you wish to contour your cheekbones. Bronzing powders look great with nude, taupe, or brown-based lipsticks and lipglosses. I recommend a matte bronze powder for a more subtle finish.
Product Rec: MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly
What types of blush work for you?
It all depends on the formula of the individual blush as well as your skin texture (dry, normal, oily) and the foundation you use (liquid, powder, or cream).
- If your skin is dry, use a gel, liquid, or cream blush.
- If your skin is normal, use any kind of blush.
- If your skin is oily, use a powder blush. (Prep with a blot powder before applying to prevent oxidization.)
- If you use a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer alone, look for gel or liquid blushes or cheekstains. If you apply a powder with your liquid foundation, you can also use powder blushes.
- If you use a powder foundation, pair with a powder blush.
- If you use a cream foundation, use a cream blush.