The color you choose-from fresh pink or soft peach to deep plum, tawny brown, or bronze- makes all the difference to your finished look. If you have very pale skin, shades such as clear rose and a pale apricot give a gentle flush. If you have dark skin, try intense shades such as raspberry pink and coral, or deep bronze and gold. Don’t be put off by how the color looks in the pan – it will often give a very different effect blended on the skin.
Some face palettes contain two complementary shades – a soft neutral that works well for everyday or for contouring, and a brighter shade that can be used to add freshness or drama. The softer, deeper color can be swept into the hollow below the cheekbones for subtle shading and a little used at the temples for balance. The fresher, brighter shade can then be applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended up along the cheekbones. You can also layer the two to create the perfect depth of color for your skin.
As your skin tone deepens through the summer, you should alter the color and even the texture of your blush. Very sheer cream, gel, mousse, or liquid blushes look more natural then powder blush in the summer light. These can be worn on bare, moisturized skin, or over tinted moisturizer or light foundation.
- Choose a blush that adds life to your complexion.
- If you’re very fair, stick to light fresh pink, pale peach, or tawny tones.
- The darker your coloring, the more blush you need and the more striking the colors you can get away with.
- Peach is a flattering shade all year round and suits a variety of skin tones and ages- the only skin it doesn’t suit is tan or sallow. Even those with red cheeks can wear peach because the yellow undertone helps correct the redness.
- You can always mix colors to get the perfect shade and depth.