Beauty Matchmaker: Find the Perfect Blush for Your Skin Tone
Fair with Pink Undertones
Pro Elaine Offers looked to the color of Julianne Moore's lips to help determine the most flattering shade for her: a rose-gold cream that clicks with the star's pink undertones. Her pick? L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Blush in Rose Gold Lift ($13; drugstore.com).
Fair with Yellow Undertones
A combo of coppery bronzer like Tom Ford’s Cheek Color in Savage ($57; nordstrom.com) topped with Nars’s baby pink blush in Sex Appeal ($30; narscosmetics.com), creates "a natural-looking heat" on fair skin, says Reese Witherspoon's pro Molly R. Stern. "The soft pink powder has a filter- like effect."
Medium with Yellow Undertones
Medium-fair skin with yellow undertones goes well with a sheer dusty mauve like Dior’s Vibrant Color Powder Blush in My Rose ($43; nordstrom.com). "The shade has a muted quality that looks realistic; a brighter blush can appear jarring," says Olivia Munn's pro Shane Paish.
Medium with Golden Undertones
Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Peachy Pink ($26; sephora.com) is equal parts pink and apricot: The rosy cream jibes with the pinkness in Jamie Chung's cheeks, while its apricot tinge brings out her golden undertones, says makeup artist Kira Nasrat.
Think peach. Not orange, not cantaloupe, but peach. "This color (MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peaches, $22; maccosmetics.com) looks believable on her olive complexion," says Camilla Belle's makeup artist Brett Freedman.
This fresh tangerine (Nars blush in Gina, $30; narscosmetics.com) brings "a gorgeous glow" to Hannah Simone's golden-brown skin, says makeup artist Marina Gravani, who sweeps the powder up from the apples to the temples.
Dark with Yellow Undertones
Naomi Campbell's pro Adam Fleisch-hauer grabs this intensely pigmented orange powder (Kevyn Aucoin the Pure Powder Glow in Fira, $37; nordstrom.com) to warm up the traces of yellow in the supermodel's skin. Avoid "dusty hues that look ashy," he says.
Dark with Red Undertones
A glimmering berry powder is the perfect way to enliven ebony skin with red undertones, says makeup whiz Nick Barose. Use a light hand: "Blush is a supporting actress; it shouldn't overwhelm." He loves Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Brilliant Berry ($30; lancome-usa.com).