This Is How You Choose The Most Flattering Blush For Your Cheeks

Get that beautiful flushed look you’ve always dreamed of without standing outside in the cold. Here are our fave blush shades to complement every skin tone.

photo credit: Alvaro Goveia

What’s the key to beautiful flushed cheeks? The right blush for your skin tone

You don’t just feel amazing post-workout; you look it. And while nothing tops the glow that results from a legit sweat session, you can recreate the rosiness with blush.

“Blush brings life to your face,” says David Vincent, international makeup artist for Lise Watier. “It’s one of the best ways to make you look younger, healthier and more energized.” (For glowy cheeks that’ll last all day, check out our full reviews of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.)

If you’re fair, try a light pink colour. “It’s more complementary because it’s the closest natural colour that your cheeks will appear when flushed,” he says. Juicy shades of warm apricot and cool coral are best on medium skin tones, and dark skin can bask in bold colours. “Try something with more red tones, like berry, if your skin has a cool tone or orange if your skin is on the warm side,” says Vincent. (Love a bold look? We have the perfect red lip for you.)

The rule for all skin tones: Even more important than where you apply blush (the apples of the cheeks, please!) is how you apply blush. Invest in a makeup brush that has a domed, slightly fluffy tip, which will excel at dusting product all over your skin. “If the hairs are too long or too stiff, you won’t achieve perfect results,” says Vincent.

Want to know your true match? Here are the best shades for your complexion:

For fair skin
Blush, fair skinphoto credit: Geoffrey Ross

Give your cheeks a subtle wake-up with a colour that blends smoothly into the natural pigment of your skin, while leaving behind a healthy glow.

Lise Watier Ménage À Trois Blush Powder Trio – Rosé, $31 at Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

For medium skin
Blush, Medium Skin photo credit: Geoffrey Ross

This two-toned colour combo is the perfect way to get a healthy and vibrant glow on the apples of the cheeks, without much application. Use this product as a blush and highlighter for an Insta-worthy finish.

Yves Saint Laurent Blush Volupté Heart Of Light Powder Blush in 08 Light, $53 at

For dark skin
Blush, for dark skin tonesphoto credit: Geoffrey Ross

Show off your bold side with a duo palette blush that can take you from daytime chic to nighttime glam – thanks to its creamy, buildable texture.

Marc Jacobs Soft Glow Duo in 508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff, $57 at

Originally Published in Best Health Canada