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Mission Blush

A lot of people become so caught up in looking for the perfect foundation that they completely forget about the importance of picking the perfect blush. However, the right blush takes a look from “Oh” to “Wow!” within every stroke of product applied. It lightens the face and enhances the cheek bones for a more youthful glow! It provides your face with different dimensions that you possibly didn’t even know were there. Ladies and gentleman, (yes I said gentleman!) the blush provides you with the perfect pop of color that will take your already gorgeous face to the next level. Keep reading to find out which shades work best for you skin tone!

Fair Tones:

For entertainment purposes, clowns are universally known as having white painted faces with red paint on their cheeks serving as their blush. That’s fun and all but do you look to them for make-up inspiration when you’re going out with friends or on a hot date? No! With that being said, people with fair skin tones should stray away from applying dark red/pink blushes. It will appear completely unnatural and give your make up somewhat of a “clownish” finish. “If you have really fair, alabaster skin, other shades can tend to look orangey,” according to make-up artist Quinn Murphy in an Allure online article. To refrain from this, light pink blushes like Bare Minerals Warm Apricot or Peach Poppy blush will definitely give you a vibrant, younger, and fresher (with way less effort) look! However, if you want to spend less than $20, you can also purchase Elf Cosmetic’s blush in shades Tickled Pink or Twinkled Pink for $3!

MAJOR KEY: The key is for your blush to be subtle and compliment your skin tone and cheekbones in the most natural and flawless way! Also, I suggest applying your blush with an angled brush directly on the cheekbones so your face can appear sleeker instead of just on the apples of your cheeks which would give it a rounder effect. Keep that fair skin nice and bright!

Medium Tones:

Contrary to people with fair skin tones, people with medium skin tones should stay away from pale pink blushes to prevent an ashy look. Remember we want to enhance the cheekbones not take away from them. In order to do that, use rosy pink or peach blushes like Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush in Peach Pink for $26 at Sephora or Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush for $5.49!

Remember to apply this blush with an angled brush working from the bottom of your cheeks to the top towards the hair line. Some people pat when applying blush and some people swipe when applying blush. It is completely up to you. However, depending on how pigmented the blush is, you want to make sure to apply the blush with a light hand to refrain from putting on too much product.

MAJOR KEY: One word….BLEND! BLEND! BLEND! You can have the absolutely perfect blush for your skin tone but if you do not blend then you can’t win chiiiile! *scarecrow from the Wiz voice*. You want to make sure you’re blending to refrain from one component of your make up sticking out like a sore thumb. Your make up is supposed to be cohesive and flow together like a river in a stream. The only way this can be achieved is if you blend honey!

Deep Tones:

I prefer to use the term deep tones because I personally do not like the term “darker” (bear with me DCWkly readers). I prefer the term deep or rich! Anyways, on a much richer and chocolatier note- where’s the illest girls around? Flawless and brown?! As model and social media heavy hitter Destiny Owusu ( Ohwawa on Instagram) would say #IsYourMelaninOnFleek. If so, you want to make sure you’re using a blush that will compliment your skin to the best of its ability. “For a warm weather vibe, play with a bold red blush, a mid-range orange, or deep pink” according to Some of the best blushes for the deeper skin tones are Lancôme’s Blush in Subtil in Plum Noir for $32 or Black Nyx Cosmetics Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks for $6!

MAJOR KEY: Like most makeup, blush comes in two different forms- cream and powder. You want to make sure you get the perfect blush for your skin type whether it’s normal, oily, or combination. If you have normal skin, you can use cream or powder blush. However, if you have oily skin you want to prevent yourself from using cream like products so your face doesn’t appear too shiny. If you have dry skin, try using a cream brush to prevent your skin from appearing flaky. In this case-opposites attract.

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