I admit… I’m a sucker for a good blush. We all have our weaknesses when it comes to makeup and this is one of mine (the other is eyeshadow). Blush is one of those items where there is so much variety and it really pulls together a look. Over time and experimentation I’ve deduced what blushes work best for my skin tone and type, and below I’ve created a simple guide along with recommendations. For reference, I have medium warm toned skin with slightly yellow/golden undertones. I understand not all (East) Asian women have warm skin with yellow undertones but quite a few of us do, including myself, so this guide is geared towards my fellow warm skin toned friends out there. While there are no hard and fast rules about makeup, this is what I’ve found works for me!
Guide to Blush for Asian / Warm Medium Skin:
Most flattering colors:
- Muted berrys
Types of Blush:
There are typically two types of formula: cream and powder. I opt for powder blushes because I lean towards oilier skin. If you have dry skin, cream ones are a great long-lasting option.
My Blush Recommendations for Asians and/or Warm Skin Tones:
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush- Link
- Shade: Captivating
- Price: $28
It’s no secret that Tarte’s blushes are one of the most popular on the market. My personal favorite, Captivating, is a warm matte peach color especially great for spring and summer! It naturally highlights the golden tones in my skin as well as gives that pop of color to my face in a long-lasting powder formula.
Captivating is one of the two shades I own, and my eyes are on Charisma and Exposed- a favorite of Asian beauty gurus like Jenn Im and Jen FrmHeadtoToe. Right now these blushes remain on my wishlist as I need to afford…uhm…rent first.
NYX HD Blush- Link
- Shade: Coraline
- Price: $6.50
This spring, a NYX store launched not too far away from me so of course I went to the Grand Opening. I’d never used their blush line before but I’m so glad I tried it out! The HD blushes are soft and easy to blend. I do find them more powdery than the Tarte ones, but tapping off the excess does the trick. Coraline is a little bit brighter than my Tarte recommendation but when applied it’s very wearable, with a more shimmery finish. Another great color for especially as we’ve headed into summer!
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush- Link
- Shade: Mellow Wine
- Price: $2.99 (varies by drugstore)
While peaches and corals are very flattering, do not fear pink blush! Wet N Wild’s Mellow Wine is a beautiful dusty pink. Use a light hand when applying these pigmented and long wearing blushes. I should note that Wet N Wild reformulated and repackaged their blush line in 2016, so this review features their older formula. However, Mellow Wine remains a permanent shade and based on swatches I’ve seen, the color is quite similar. (If you have darker skin, Berry Shimmer would be a great substitute, it’s a slightly darker more shimmery version of Mellow Wine).
As I said earlier, there are no ironclad rules to makeup. It is all about experimentation and finding what works for you! As a medium warm-toned girl, I found coral, peach, and warm mauve blushes especially flattering.
What are your holy-grail blushes or ones on your wishlist? Let me know down below!
PS: Does anyone feel like blush is one of the hardest items to hit pan on?? Pigmented ones require so little product for the result it seems using a blush up seems darn near impossible.
Note: All products were purchased, tested, and photographed by me (I link to the product in case anyone is interested in further details). These are my honest opinions coming from plenty of personal experience!
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