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The Blush Guide: Every Texture And Shade Explained!

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Blush Guide

Even your crush doesn’t have the same effect a blush has on you. Nothing beats a natural flush, we get that. But it lasts no more than three seconds. Erm… Now you know why the world goes the extra mile striving to mimic the actual thing? Face it: blushes are no longer an afterthought. But truth be told, zeroing in on the right blush is tougher than finding ‘the one’ these days. *rolls eyes*

One wrong move, and you’ll be the butt of all jokes. Oh, and dare you even think about using the dense brush that comes with your palette. They make for sloppy application that lets out blobs of pigment in the apple of your cheeks. Instead, always opt for fan brushes to air out excess, like Nykaa BlendPro Blush Makeup Brush.

If you’re in the same (indecisive) boat as we are, consider this your one-for-all guide on blushes. We break it down to you by the texture and shade.

Different types of blush:

1. Pressed Powder or Compact

Your blush should never match the texture of your foundation. So, if you prefer liquid or mineral foundations, turn to powder pigments like this old timer. Now, aside from unidimensional pigments, they’re also available with swirls of colors for added depth.

What: Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush

Types of blush – Powder or Compact
Different types of blush – Mineral Powder

2. Loose or Mineral Powder

Those with sensitive skin, save yourself the disdain with mineral powder. Mix two shades for a rosy luminosity or get creative by infusing a speck of bronzer or highlighter for a sun-kissed radiance.

What: Lakme Face Sheer Blusher

3. Cream Base

They glide on effortlessly, feels weightless on your cheeks and gives you a natural dewiness. To work your blush-first face, this and the tip of your ring finger is all you need.

What: Ruby’s Organics Creme Blush

Types of blush – Cream Base
Different types of blush – Cheek Tint

4. Cheek Tint or Stain

Everything your cream blush can do this can also do sans the dewiness. This water-based hero is quite the multitasker as well. Use it on your lips and lids to ace that monotoned makeup look. Whatever you do, blend this quick-drying formula quickly

What: ETUDE HOUSE Dear Darling Tint

5. Blush Stick

This cream-based stick is meant for on-the-go convenience. It’s seamless in application that can be blended with a brush or fingers. Just ensure to not layer it on liquid formulas. You’ll be blotting away your oily mistake throughout.

What: L.A. Girl Velvet Contour Blush Stick

Types of blush – Blush Stick
Different types of blush – Liquid or Cushion Blush

6. Liquid or Cushion Blush

Either as a compact or a stick, there’s no better way to control a liquid blush. The cushion makes application rookie-level easy. And pretty darn blendable. Picking between a cream, tint or cushion blush; is a matter of choice.

What: Nykaa Wonderpuff! Lip & Cheek Cushion Lipstick Tint

Different shades of blush:


Pinch your cheeks and you’ll see the shade your blush ought to match. You could also try one that’s half a shade darker than your favorite nude lipstick. Then, go matte or metallic with your sheen. Sure, you can play around with other shades, but do so in small doses.

What: Milani Baked Blush

Shades of blush
Shades of blush - Shimmer

2. Shimmer

Our love for highlighters is indisputable. Then it’s a double whammy when your rouge does both jobs. It’s also why shimmer blushes are the most popular kind in the market. Some pigments are light diffusing giving you a soft-focus effect.

What: Makeup Revolution Vintage Lace Blush Palette

3. Ombre Tones

No matter how great your technique, it still doesn’t come close to a natural peaches-and-cream complexion. Enter ombre palettes. They’re 3D, shiny with light-reflecting pigments. With this, you can be a master without even being one.

What: Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombré Blush

Shades of blush – Ombre Tones
Shades of blush – Duo Stick

4. Duo Stick

Contouring is addictive. But ever tried the technique with a blush instead? You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t. It gives you a rosy glow that also creates the illusion of high cheekbones.

What: Biotique Natural Makeup Diva Glam Highlighter Duo Stick - Pop - N - Perk!

5. Blush Palette

This one-for-all palette is nothing short of genius. The classic pressed-powder formula is perfect for every mood and occasion. Heck, it’ll even suit every skin tone if it boats of the four main shades required for a blush (matte shades of pink, orange and plum along with a shimmery highlighter). Together you mix, blend, match and go.

What: Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Blush Color & Highlight Kit

Shades of blush – Blush Palette
Shades of blush - Pearls

6. Illuminating Pearls

When you want to glow but not show, iridescent pearls come to the rescue. They give you a multi-dimensional, natural flush without making heads turn. However, a rounded blush brush is nonnegotiable. Exclude it and you’ll be a lost cause.

What: Guerlain Meteorites Pearls

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