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For the longest time blush has had a bad rep, mainly because most wearers didn’t have a clue about how to apply it. Too many blush happy gals have sported Raggedy Ann doll faces with matching bright pink blush painted on in circular shapes. Not the look you want unless it’s Halloween. Now that we’ve evolved and know how to use blush, it can still get a little daunting to select the right shade your skin tone. With so many gorgeous shades and formulas (from creams to stains), how do you pick THE one that’s right for you?

Blush is all about making the rest of the face brighter and fresher, so you want a shade that matches the color of your cheeks when you have a natural flush. Once you’ve picked the right shade, picking a formula is easy: Go with a powder formula if you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts. Creams and stains work beautifully on clear skin and darker complexions, and if you want a bolder look, try layering a powder formula over a stain or cream. It’ll last forever!

Here are some blushes perfect for your skin tone:

Fair Skin

If you have fair skin, remember less is more to own a healthy flush. Select shades in pale pink or baby pink for a subtle glow. Using a dark bronzed blush on pale skin can make it look orange. Not a look you want!

Nykaa recommends: Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush - Peachy Sweetie, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos - Pink Blush.

Wheatish Skin

Medium skin tones are commonest type; almost 80% Indian women fall under this category. The good thing about this warm skin tone is that it only needs a slight enhancement. Opt for shades that are rosy pink to deep peach; a tinge of apricot or orange will flatter your skin the most.

Nykaa recommends: Nykaa Get Cheeky! Blush Duo, Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos - Peach Blush, L'Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush Blushing Kiss - Sunset Glow.

Dusky Skin

Dusky skinned hotties, this one's for you! Choose a colour from rose to deep orange. Pigmented blushes are your best friend; dark skin really holds up to pigment. Avoid using light shades as they can make you look washed out and muddy. Stick to warm tones that flatter your skin tone.

Nykaa recommends: Revlon Powder Blush - Wine Not, Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush, Faces Ultime Pro Blend Finity Stick Blush.

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