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Find the right blush for your skin tone, without the fuss

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Find the right blush for your skin tone, without the fuss

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Redness tends to show up easily on fairer complexions, and using a blusher would only amplify the red tone further. To counteract this, use concealer or a high-coverage foundation to even out the skin tone before applying a blush colour.

Light colours like pastel pink really stand out on those with fair skin. Choosing the right tone requires a little more discernment: If you have warm skin tone, pick a warm peach or orange blusher. Cool skin tones, on the other hand, call for pale pinks or even lilac.

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Left To Right: Les Merveilleuses Laduree Pressed Cheek Colour in 17, $78. Sephora Colorful Blush in 05 Sweet On You!, $22. HERA Flash Blusher in 01 Eternal Pink, $55. NARS Dual- Intensity Blush in Adoration, $68

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Those with medium skin tone have a wide variety of blush colours to choose from. As such tones tend to be on the warmer side, colours like peach, orange and corals look stunning on the cheeks. But like those with fair skin, they must ensure redness and blemishes are concealed first. The more adventurous ones can opt for colours like mauve or burgundy to heighten their blush game, but remember to be light-handed about them.

On darker skin, however, as pigments will not show up as easily, it might be necessary to apply a tad more colour. To help your makeup look more cohesive, dab a little blush colour on your eyelids as well.

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Left To Right: LANEIGE Ideal Blush Duo in No. 3 Juicy Rose, $39. K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lasting Cheek Tint in 02 Peach, $19.90. Zoeva Aristo Blush Palette, $26. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Sensual, $47.

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Unlike those with fair or medium skin tones, redness hardly shows up on tanned skin (lucky you!) but dark undereye circles and dullness tend to be more obvious. Tackle these imperfections with a peach-coloured concealer or colour corrector before applying blush.

Warm tones like terracotta and brick red look amazing on darker skin, especially if they contain shimmer. However, if you’re up for something edgier, turn to plum and fuchsia tones – these colours might look intimidating on the pan, but give darker skin tones a natural-looking flush.

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Left To Right: Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in 508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff, $68. Clé De Peau Beauté Cream Blush in 1 Cranberry, $65. BECCA Mineral Blush in Nightingale, $48. Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Quickie, $39.


Most of us turn to powder-based blushers, but cream blushers allow you a translucent wash of colour when worn alone and intensify the cheek colour even further when worn under regular powder blush.

First-timers might find applying cream blushes with their fingers difficult. Try dabbing the colour onto the fleshy part of your palm (below the thumb), rub the palms of both hands together to ensure even distribution of pigments and to warm up the cream, then dab on the colour lightly onto the apples of your cheeks.

Always apply cream blusher before brushing on loose powder. If you use two-way cake or mineral foundation, apply cream blushers first or it might end up looking cakey on your skin.

If you need to extend the wear of your blusher, brush on a cheek colour of a similar shade over the cream blusher.

Cream blushers are extremely versatile, dab on your lips and eyelids for an overall rosy glow.