The Perfect Blush Color For Your Complexion

by Lexy Lebsack

Blush might have been outshined by bold lips and cat eyes the past few seasons, but that’s all changing thanks to new drugstore and prestige formulas (from creams to stains) and plenty of bright-cheek inspiration (Chanel’s F/W 13 couture show and the pages of J. Crew’s always-relevant catalogue, we're talking about you).

But how do you pick a shade that complements your complexion? We chatted with makeup artist Katey Denno—who works with Amanda Seyfried, Isla Fisher, Mindy Kaling, and more—for guidance. “Blush is all about making the rest of the face brighter and fresher,” Denno says. “The goal is to pick a shade that matches the color of your cheeks when you have a natural flush.” Copy your post-workout glow, or just click through our slideshow for Denno’s expert recommendations.

Once you get the right shade, picking a formula is easy: If you’re prone to breakouts, or have oily skin, go for a powder formula. A cream or stain is good for clear skin and darker complexions, but needs to be reapplied after a few hours. If you want a bold, colorful cheek, try layering a powder formula over a stain or cream—it’ll last the longest.

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