I love makeup (that’s no secret by now), but I have a major aversion to blush. I hunt for the perfect shade every time I walk into Sephora or a department store and have asked countless sales associates to help me find the right color, but I very rarely find one that suits me. Maybe this is because I naturally have a very rosy hue and blush only exaggerates my redness to clownish levels or makes me look dirty and ruddy. Here are some of the few blushes that suit those of us who don’t want to look even redder than we already are, but still want the perfect, natural flush.
Nars Deep Throat $30- My first blush love has been a long-term affair. I still use this one all the time and it’s the most flattering coral-y pink I have ever used. This gives the perfect flush to my cheeks in the autumn and is a year-round favorite of mine.
Smashbox LA Lights Silver Lake Sunset $29 – This is a new find for me and I bought it mainly because my number one girl crush Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss recommended it. I apply this straight to my cheeks from the tube for a creamy wash of coral flush. This is the BEST fall shade as it perfectly matches the berry or copper tones you’re probably already wearing on your lips and eyes.
Milani Romantic Rose $7.99 – I have been lusting after Tarte Exposed and Nars Douceur for a loooong time now, but I never took the plunge because I knew the brown neutral color didn’t quite suit me. Every time a sales associate applied these in the store I couldn’t help but think that they made me look a lil’ too muddy. When I saw Milani’s neutral offering in the drugstore I grabbed this up and figured that if I was going to try a darker shade that it might as well be one that cost under $10. This one is slightly pinker and lighter than Tarte Exposed, but still an amazing dupe for a blush that is more than three times the price.
Milani Luminoso $6.97 – This is one of my favorite everyday shades and I especially love the price. This is a super glowy and brightening shade that gives a sheer coral color to the cheeks. Rather than placing this solely on the apples of my cheek, I like to brush this pigment up my cheek bones and use it as a highlighter. These Milani baked blushes are great dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes since they create a similar pigmented wash of color but for nearly one-fifth of the price.
Makeup Forever HD 225 $26 – This might look really frightening in the pan because it is so pink and very pigmented, but when blended out this is the most natural and brightening blush I own. I lightly dip a finger into the creamy formula and blend it out with a stippling brush to create a super glowy and pink flush. Although this one is on the pinker side, it compliments red-toned skin perfectly.
I have my eye on Benefit’s Dandelion for my next neutral blush pick. It looks just light enough to give a bit of color without being overwhelmingly colorful. Do you have any recommendations for blushes I should try next?