How to Pick the Best Blush for Your Skin Tone: Find Out and Glow - Klever Korner

How to Pick the Best Blush for Your Skin Tone: Find Out and Glow

Cheeks on fleek? We've got the blush bible right here

a woman sitting at a table with a bunch of makeup brushes
By Sue Biller
Lia du Preez
Edited by Lia du Preez

Updated December 20, 2023.

A woman applying a suitable blush for her skin tone.

We've all been there, standing in Sephora surrounded by an ocean of pinks and corals, each promising a youthful glow. But as you swatch them on your hand, reality sets in: the color disappears on your skin, leaving only a faint mark.

The good news is the perfect blush is out there, waiting to be discovered. We'll be your guide, arming you with tips and tricks to get a radiant glow that's uniquely yours.

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The Basics: Skin Tone and Undertone

Before we get into blush, you should understand the types of skin tones and undertones to find the perfect match.

Skin tones like cocoa can be dark and rich; they can be medium, like caramel and olive. Some people can also have a fair skin tone as delicate as porcelain. The main nuance comes with undertones, which can be cool, warm, or neutral.

Take a look at the main differences between undertones below:


  • Veins appear blue
  • Complemented by silver jewelry
  • Pink or blue tint of the skin


  • Mix of cool and warm tones
  • Complemented by gold and silver jewelry


  • Veins appear green
  • Complemented by gold jewelry
  • Olive, golden, or yellow tint to the skin,

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How To Pick a Blush Color for Your Skin Tone

Fair to Light

The most flattering blush shades fall within the pink and peach range. But you should choose a shade one or two tones darker than your skin to avoid blending too closely. Alternatively, try a lighter-pigmented one to prevent overpowering your complexion.


Those with medium skin tones should explore a variety of shades, but peach-colored blushes complement nicely. Rose and mauve colors also add a healthy glow without being too overpowering.

Dark and Olive

These skin tones suit earthy, berry, and warm brown blush colors. You want to add a vibrant splash of color without it being too harsh. Also, stay away from overly cool or light shades.

Tip: Avoid intensely red or vivid magenta shades when experimenting with blush colors, especially if you have a darker skin tone. These hues can be challenging to blend and result in an unnatural appearance.

A woman applying the best blush for her skin tone.

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Powder vs Cream Blush: Where to Start

Once you've found a color that suits your complexion, it's time to consider the type of blush and how best to apply it. The type of makeup brush and technique can also impact the final look, so let's see how you can get the best result:

  • Powder: Use a tapered makeup brush to apply the blush precisely. Stamp it onto your cheek for initial placement and blend it for a seamless finish.
  • Cream or Liquid: Choose a synthetic bristle brush to prevent the product from being absorbed. You can apply the product to the desired cheek area and blend it out gently. As an alternative, use your finger or a damp sponge.

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Blush Bliss: Find Your Perfect Match

Consider what type of look you are going for when deciding on a blush to buy. You can go for a lighter matte look every day. On the other hand, if you're attending a formal event, try out something more bold. You can also use a bronzer for contouring and a highlighter for added definition.

The key to blush mastery is balance. A fiery crimson lip paired with a dramatic blush? Fierce. Trust your instincts, experiment, and have fun! After all, it's a way to express yourself with a rosy whisper on your cheeks.

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