Orange blush has been spotted on runways and in editorials for a couple seasons now, and you can rock this saturated trend in your own beauty look too. The good news is that this blush color works on all skin tones. Here are some tips on how to choose the right shade for your skin tone and how this warm hue can give your complexion a perfect sun-kissed radiance.
The effect: Oranges, or bright peaches, warm up your complexion the way a bronzer would. The best way to apply it is like a triangle on its side. The highest concentration of color is on the outer two thirds of your cheek—the fleshiest part. The lowest point of your blush should line up with the top of your nostril, and the furthest out on your face should be close to your ear. If you keep the blush concentrated toward the outer part of your cheeks, it will give you a wide-eyed, sculpted look.
Fair and light skin tones: For pale or fair skin tones, it is important to use a light hand and blend thoroughly when using an orange blush. Try dipping your brush into the blush and shaking off excess. Then, use a tap application to the areas of your cheek that you want to brighten up. Fair skin tones should try soft oranges, muted corals and shimmery peaches instead of bright, saturated orange. When peachy shimmer is worn during the day, it really lends some vivacity to fair skin.
Medium and olive skin tones: Medium, olive and tan skin tones can opt for bright coral or go for a bronze-peach hue for a more muted look. On deeper skin tones, coral will read perfectly as a warm and rich pinch to your cheeks. Also, a matte finish is perfect for everyday wear. A peachy shade can warm up your complexion any time of the year to make you look naturally sun-kissed.
Dark skin tones: For skin tones that are dark, you want a deep reddish coral that is pigmented enough to provide a healthy, luminous flush—but be careful not to overdo it. Start light and build color, rather than piling it on, especially with a matte blush. With matte, too much too soon reads more dramatic and harsh. If you don’t want to go matte, a great shimmer blush can brighten up the apples of the cheek for a warm radiant look.
Proper application: For a fail-proof execution, the first and most important step is creating an even base—exfoliating will smooth your skin’s texture, and for blending cream blushes, moisturizing is key.
If you are using a powder formula, you have to loosen excess powder before you swipe it on your cheeks. You want to create the look of a vibrant flush without any concentrated patches of color. Most women prefer a powder blush as it has more staying power on oily skin, and if you have blemishes or dark spots on your cheeks, powder can go over your concealer whilst a cream blush can rub away your base makeup. Liquid stains are another option that is easy to blend and resist smudging once dry.