Pretty Blush – Brightening Cheek Colour for All Skin Tones

By Louise Emma Clarke
Founding Editor of

If you like your makeup to be pretty and natural, you’re in luck – as this season, the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks echoed your favourite look. The show that stole my heart was Chanel, who sent a stream of models down the runway with perfect porcelain complexions, warmed up with subtly flushed cheeks and soft, rosy lips.

Getting your blusher right is key to this fresh-faced look – and the shade you pick depends on your skin tone. So this week, I thought it would be handy to create a guide of how to pick the right colour for your skin tone, with a few product recommendations thrown in to replenish your makeup bags for the spring days ahead.

Peach-pink blushers work best for paler complexions. You want the finish to be soft and natural, warming your skin tone rather than overpowering it. Stick to the lighter shades and blend carefully.
Tool:  DiorBlush Glowing Colour Powder Blush in Peachy Keen, £27.

If your skin tone has a medium tone, you should look for blushers containing soft shades of brown. This adds warmth to your complexion, whilst highlighting and defining cheekbones.
Tool: Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats in Soleil Couchant, £32.50.

For skin with yellow undertones, the blushers that will work best will be shades of coral or copper. Also look for blushers with a little golden shimmer, which will highlight and flatter your skin.
Tool: Clarins Blush Prodige in Sunset Coral, £19.20.

Shades of pink and dark apricot will warm olive complexions, whilst giving a very natural and subtle finish. Be careful not to go too dark – you’re still looking for a natural and pretty finish.
Tool: Stila Baked Cheek Duo in Pink Glow, £15.

Black skin tones can go for the bolder, brighter colours – so don’t be scared to pick darker reds and pinks! One rule though; make sure you spend time blending carefully into skin to pull off a natural, Chanel-esque look!
Tool: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher in Dare, £14.50.

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