The Perfect Blush Color: Matte & Cream Blush Palette Options

When it comes to blush color, we want options. Matte or cream blush, singles or a blush palette, we feels like kids in a candy shop with every imaginable sweet treat: matte, shimmer, loose, pressed, cream, stain, stick, pencil, palette. The choices are mind-boggling. Confused about which is right for you? Start by choosing a formula, finish, and shade that works best for your skin. To help you navigate the beauty aisle, we make some recommendations on how to apply blush color for every face shape, eye color and skin tone.



Blush powders are available in loose and pressed powder options. Anyone who uses mineral makeup will be familiar with the fine loose powder. Powders are usually best for those with normal to oily skin but can be tricky for those with uneven and dry, flaky skin, since powder can make fine lines and bumps stand out. But rules are made to be broken, so if your powder blush is made from high-quality minerals, go for it. Powder blush can give you a very sheer barely there flush, or layered for more intense color.


Cream blush is offered in pot as well as a blush stick format. If you have normal to dry skin, cream blush will give you a boost of moisture and leave your skin with a dewy glow. This formula will provide you with a higher color payoff and a longer lasting flush than a powder blush, with fewer touchups required throughout the day.


Mousse blush is like a berry souffle, with a lighter formula than a typical creme blush. A mousse, like a cream, works well on normal to dry skin. Notosmuch oily skin. The lightweight formula will fade away pretty quickly when applied on oily skin. A mousse will deliver a soft natural flush, in an easily blendable formula. Want more color? Mousse can be layered for more intense color. An added benefit of mousse blush? They usually are available as a multi-purpose product, such as a formula for cheek and lips to add a pop of color anywhere. One less product for you to carry around and that is always a winner.


Gel blush is the sheerest of the sheer, transparent gels with a hint of tint! Gels work well for any skin type, and this lighter option is excellent for summer days and nights. A gel blush will allow your normal skin tone to show through, so this formula is usually best for those with light to medium skin tones. When you want a sheer pop of color 'on the go,' a gel is a great option and easily blendable with your fingers.


Stain blushes are a liquid formula with staying power. As a lighter liquid, stains suit any skin type. Stains will last all day long and give the highest color payoff of any of the blush formulas. A gel stain will give your cheeks a slightly dewy glow. And this formula very often plays double duty, as a stain for both cheek and lips.


The most correct answer is: what is your skin telling you today? Any product with a shimmer is going to add a luminous glow where you put it. But on uneven complexion, a shimmer will highlight any pimples, bumps and large pores. If you're having a bad skin day, stick with matte blush creams, powders, and palettes.


Knowing your skin tone and undertone is the first step in choosing the blush color that plays off your skin's natural hues. If you don't know your skin tones and undertones, read our article here. When you apply color blush, you are recreating the natural hue that you would see when you blush. So the best color is one that matches this shade and complements your skin. When we hit the makeup counter, our general rule is if you are too cool for school, stick with berry tones, while our warmer friends should look to citrus shades of orange and peach blush. Based on familiar skin tones, we recommend:

Best Blush For Fair Skin Tone

Pair cool blue or pink undertones with a blush pink color, the paler the better to create a natural looking flush. If you have warm yellow or gold undertones, a soft peach will complement your skin tone.

Best Blush For Medium Skin Tone

A cool undertone on medium tone skin works with well with red, plums and purples - think berry picking, and you'll be in the right section of the cosmetic counter For warm undertones you won't miss with a classic apricot shade.

Best Blush For Olive Skin Tone

Olive skin has a medium tone but cool green undertones. Selecting the right shade can be tricky. Our recommendation? Choose a warm peach, or a medium rose hue.

Best Blush For Dark Skin Tone

Deep plums and raisins work well with cool undertones on dark toned skin. If you have warm undertones, look for sunny orange shades that play off your skin's gold hues such as an orangey tangerine.

But that's not the end of the story. There's a whole range of shades that complement your skin tone, so consider experimenting with a shades that really makes your eyes pop! Since complementary colors sit on the opposite side of the color wheel, we recommend:

Makeup For Blue Eyes

For blue eyes, orange blush hues with a slight pinky rose tint such as peach, melon, and coral blush. Steer clear of anything too purple as the blues in purple will clash with your blue eyes.

Makeup For Green Eyes

For green eyes, look across the wheel from green to find the complementary pink family. Look for dusty rose blush or a candy pink shade to make your green peeps pop. Stay away from darker purples such as plum.

Makeup For Brown Eyes

For brown eyes, browse the berry colors. The color brown isn't on the primary color wheel, but the various Reddish Brown, Dark Brown, and Brown tones are made from combining reds and oranges or yellows. Look for reds such as a cherry blush. Avoid neutral or blushes with any tan tint, since this will look ashen on your skin. Stick to berry picking if you have brown eyes and are in a makeup aisle.

Makeup For Hazel Eyes

For hazel eyes, similar to brown, choose lighter berry tones such as pink and violet. Hazel eyes have green and gold undertones, and so complementary colors are pinks and blues. But selecting the right shade will depend on your skin tone. Avoid anything with an orange tint, which sits on the same side of the wheel as green and yellow zones.

How To Apply Blush Color

Now that you have selected your formula, finish and shades, the fun really starts. When we asked our team of MUA @ Revelere for their top tip, their response was unanimous: knowing where you apply blush on your face shape is as important as choosing the right products. We asked them to share their reccomendations for every face shape.

There are 8 basic shapes of female faces: Round Face Shape, Square Face Shape, Oval Face Shape, Oblong Face Shape, Heart Face Shape, Triangle Face Shape, and Diamond Face Shape. Knowing the techniques and styles that will most complement your face shape is the first step to perfecting your beauty style. A swish of blush across your cheeks might seem like a quick and easy way to bring a healthy pop of color on your skin, but when used more strategically, blush can take your look to the next level. For every face shape, our beauty editors have made some suggestions to flatter your unique bone structure.

Round Face Shape

A round face shape should accentuate the cheekbones and make your face look more angular to balance off the roundness. Sweep blush onto the apple of your cheeks and then up towards the temple and then down toward the ear to create an angle. For round faces, we'd suggest a matte blush, as a shimmer blush can reflect light and emphasize the round shape.

Square Shaped Face

Those who have a square face shape want to soften the angles of your face. Sweep blush along your cheekbone and move upwards toward your brow and hairline. Use a light touch to move the blush down to the nose. Softly, softly, blend.

Oval Face Shape

Oval faces may want to bring attention to your cheekbone and eyes. Sweep blush from your cheekbone toward your earlobe and then up toward your temple. But do not apply blush under your cheekbones which can create a shadow as you would if contouring.

Oblong Face Shape

If you have an oblong face, create a delicate and airy glow that flatters the whole face. Keep the color soft and light. Start by applying a light swirl of blush on the apple of your cheek, and then out to your temple. Blend well towards the nose. Finish with a light swipe of blush on the forehead down to the side of either brow.

Heart Shape Face

Heart shape faces have high cheekbones so create a warm glow that accentuates that feature and brings out your eyes. Trace a reverse "J" shape from the top of the temple down to the cheekbone. Use more product along the cheekbone, then blending up towards the temple.

Triangle Face Shape

Our recommendation is to apply blush to bring balance between your lower face and your forehead width. Sweep a sideways V from your cheekbone, up to your temple and then back in toward the centre of your brow.

Diamond Shape Face

Our suggestion is to soften the angles of your face and draw attention to the lower area of your face. Sweep blush from the top of your cheekbone and blend down toward your earlobe.

Not sure of your face shape? Check out our guide here.


Beauty Essentials Question Of The Week

Please explain the difference between bronzing, contouring, strobing, and draping?

Bronzer adds warmth and dimension to your face. Just like a tan, bronzing makes your skin look healthy. There's a slight change in your skin tone's hue - a sun-kissed glow - but your undertone has not changed. It's still you, not some bad Halloween costume or spray tan gone wrong.

Contouring is the technique of using makeup to define and reshape your facial features by creating shadows on your face. When you contour, you are applying a darker shaded product on areas you want to add more depth and definition. When you blend the darker shades of your contour with the lighter hues of your highlight or concealer, the contrast between the two creates the contour.

Strobing, also known as highlighting, is the opposite effect of contour. When you are highlighting, you are applying a layer of makeup on areas that you want to catch the light and look brighter (as opposed to contouring where you are creating a shadow).

Draping is a technique that swaps dark contour for sculpted color instead. Since you will already have plenty of blush products in your arsenal, draping offers a softer and easier way to sculpt, enhance and define. Using two shades of blush, apply the darker shade just below the apples of the cheek and swirl the lighter shade on top. Blend the two together to smooth any harsh lines between the two tones. Blending is key to making the look as soft as possible.

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