Vibrant shades—think fuchsia and orange—dazzle on dark skin tones. The secret to wearing them without looking clownish? Take a light-handed approach, build slowly, and keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
Texture: This brand-new, cushy iteration comes in a compact and feels like Play-Doh when you run your fingers over it. It goes on as a cream, making it easy to blend, yet trans-forms into a long-lasting powder after it hits the skin. (Talk about the best of both worlds.) It’s ideal for dry- or combo-skin types, as its texture helps create a dewy look on parched skin (unlike powders, which can look chalky). Swipe it on with your fingertips, or use a sponge to build inten-sity. If you have oily skin, give the cream longevity by setting it with trans-lucent powder.
Pro tip: Need a lift? Apply the strongest color high on your cheekbones, next to your ears. This draws the eye upward.
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Complement yellow under-tones with this shade, which will warm up your complexion without looking too stripy. Define cheek-bones (whether yours are prominent or not) by applying blush in a check-mark shape—first downward, under your apples, then up, blending into your hairline.
Texture: Why settle for just one blush when you can have two? The latest powders are silkier than ever. (These are not your grandma’s ashy pink powder.) And they’re designed in cool color gradations that blend for a realistic pop. So instead of orange or pink, you get a dreamy sunset effect. Powder soaks up shine, making it a smart choice for oily-skin types. To ensure even application, first apply foundation, then swirl the blush on with a fluffy brush.
To buy: Essence Cosmetics Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave, $4, target.com.
Pro tip: Overdid it on the bold blush? Put powder on a puff or a sponge and blot the area to tone it down.
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The romantic, understated pink is just the right (light) touch for fair skin tones. To slim a round face, dab the color along your cheekbones, then blend downward.
Texture: This sheer, looks-like-your-cheek-color-only-better blush is genius. It’s light-weight, so you won’t feel as if you’re wearing makeup, plus it offers the lumi-nous finish of a gel with the staying power of a stain. (So it won’t wear off by lunch.) Some formulas, like the one shown here, contain pearlescent pigments to deposit a sheen on the skin. Apply with your fingers (no foun-dation makeup needed). It looks pretty when worn on eyes and lips, too.
Flatter medium skin tones with pink-tinged gold or copper blush. Ensure that the metallic finish looks glowing (not gaudy) by using a formula with fine-milled powder, as opposed to chunky glitter. Brush on a C shape around each eye, starting above the temples and ending at the tops of the cheekbones, for a sultry-yet-subtle sheen.
Texture: If you prefer bronzer or highlighter to blush, a metallic hybrid acts as all three, thanks to its light-reflecting pigments. The pressed-powder formula in this story has liquid binders, resulting in a creamier texture. And it contains a glowy mix of rose gold, gold, and copper flecks. After cir-cl-ing your brush in the powder, blow on the bristles into a tissue or over the sink to remove the excess.
To buy: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold, $38, sephora.com.
Pro tip: The most universal metallic, rose gold flatters warm skin tones (because of the gold) as well as cool ones (because of the pink). So, yes, you can wear it.
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