Our Must-See Guide to Using Blush for Selfie Photos

Learn how to choose the right blush for your skin tone and outfit. Discover which hues work best for fair, olive, dark, and neutral complexions, and get tips on application for a natural-looking flush.

Facetune team
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Outside of your sexy zombie Halloween costume, there is never a time when you want to look like the walking dead. Unfortunately, full-time sunbathing to achieve the perfect sun-kissed glow isn’t an option for most of us, though, so a little selfie makeup magic will have to do.

When the hot girl summer has long passed, the right blush can give us back some color — plus the illusion of high cheekbones.

Choosing the proper blush hue requires matching it to your natural skin tone.

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First, you’ll want to determine if your complexion is fair, neutral, olive, or dark. For an easy test run, apply your blush and see if it clashes with your natural lip color, or use this quick breakdown:

  • Fair skin tends to look best in shades of pink or coral, similar to the natural color their cheeks would turn while watching Fifty Shades of Grey with their mom.
  • Olive is one of the most difficult complexions to match because it has green undertones. A safe bet is to go for rosy blush tones that are not too bright or shadowy.
  • Dark skin types should stay away from cool, pinky blush tones that will make them appear ashy on camera. Opt for deep, bold shades of fuchsia, brown, and orange.
  • Neutral has a mix of warm and cool tones, so choose a peachy or coral hue and you can’t go wrong.
  • Universal. When in doubt, pick a peach tone. Peach is the most universally flattering color, with a mixture of both warm and cool tones.



But wait — there's more! In addition to your skin tone, you'll also want to consider your outfit and the rest of the makeup that you’ll want your blush to complement.

If you plan to wear a bold lipstick color, go with a more natural, warm blush hue. If your lips are painted a neutral shade, add a bit of flair with a bright cheek color — possibly one that doesn’t fit inside your normal color spectrum.

If your skin is dry, use a mineral or shimmer blush for a gentle glow. If your skin tends to be more on the oily side, a matte finish will minimize this.

Who knew blush could be so confusing? To avoid that natural flush of frustration, experts recommend applying blush as your last makeup step.

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It’s always easier to add a little more rather than scrubbing it all off and starting over!

Facetune team
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