Contrary to popular opinion, blush is an integral part of your makeup routine. It helps bring colour to your face, giving your complexion a healthy flush and ties any makeup look together. But, whether you’re looking to recreate a natural post-workout flush or a more dramatic look with intense blush, we’ve rounded up 11 blushers that will flatter almost all Asian skin tones.
To achieve that I-just-finished-a-jog flush, sweep blusher directly on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards towards your temple. To locate the apple of your cheeks, all you have to do is look into a mirror and smile—the fullest part of your cheeks when you smile is where you should apply your blusher on, regardless of whether it is a powder blush or cream blush. And as a rule of thumb, avoid applying any product any closer than two fingers’ spacing from the sides of your nose.
You can also use blusher to sculpt your facial features: just increase the pigment intensity at the hollows of your cheeks (or where you would normally apply a darker contouring shade). For a bolder look or simply to prolong the wear of your blusher, you can also layer a powder blusher over a cream blusher. Always tap off excess product from your blush brush so you always start sheer and then add on more product if you desire added intensity. And if you overdo it, tone down your blusher by gradually layering a sheer foundation over.
Here are some blushers that suit almost all Asian skin tones.
HERA Flash Blusher in Eternal Pink, $55
While it looks a bit too pink on your screen, in reality it’s a beautiful coral blush that will suit most skin tones. It’s super easy to apply: just swipe on and blend with your fingers. Lesser wax in the formula means you can blend the blush without shifting your foundation underneath. The cream texture dries to a powder finish and stays put through the day.
Benefit Cosmetics Lovetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $31
The beauty of this fiery red stain is that you can wear it as sheer or as intensely as you like. The applicator ensures precise application so you can create a gorgeous flush (in seconds!) that will stay put the whole day.
Chantecaille Cheek Gelee in Vibrant, $75
Mimic a natural flush with this cream-gel blush that combines the lightweight texture of a gel and the staying power of a stain. The gorgeous raspberry shade will flatter light to medium tones, giving the complexion a natural flush. Apply with your fingers for a wash of colour or build intensity with layers with a blush brush.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Pink Lemonade, $37
If you like your blush with a bit of shimmer, this one’s for you. The cream-to-powder formula settles weightlessly and can be layered over with powder blush to increase intensity. Plus, you can wear this one on other parts of the face too.
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose, $49
This universally flattering shade blends seamlessly to add a tinge of colour to your complexion. Pure colour pigments ensure you only need to gently swipe your brush over the blush to pick up colour and micro-fine powders allow you to layer it and build intensity.
Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in Sonoya, $48
The whipped mousse blends effortlessly and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. A single layer will give you a natural flush and you can build intensity with subsequent layers.
Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop, $40
With a sheer yet long-lasting formula, Clinique’s Cheek Pop is ideal for beginners to experiment with blushers. This light brownish-pink shade softly sculpts cheeks for those with fair to medium skin tones while adding a natural flush for those with olive skin tones. Best part? We love that it gives a satiny finish instead of a matte ones without any visible pearlised or shimmer pigments.
Guerlain Rose Aux Joues in 02 Chic Pink, $75
If you’re in the mood to be more adventurous, try this pink-brown shade. Perfect for those with cool or warm undertones, this subtly accentuates your cheekbones without making a dramatic statement. Wear this on your lids as well for an elegant, monochromatic look.
Dior Rouge Blush in 047 Miss, $73
Inspired by Rouge Dior lipsticks, you can expect the Rouge Blush range to be comfortable to wear, long-lasting and effortless to apply. And if you’re looking to create a just-pinched effect, try 047 Miss. Whether you apply it as a sheer wash of colour on fair skin or layer on multiple layers for a bold pop of pigments on darker skin tones, this ultra-smooth blush blends seamless over skin to create your desired effect.
Burberry Beauty Light Glow in 10 Hydrangea Pink Blush, $68
Great for those who want a pop of colour, this vibrant pink blush from Burberry Beauty brightens up any complexion with just one sweep. Plus, it has one of the most finely-milled powders that feels like fine silk as it glides onto your skin and stays put all day long.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon, $54
Best for adding warmth to washed-out complexions, this vibrant coral blush contains finely-milled golden pigments to create that post-vacation glow. A little goes a long way for this blush so be sure to tap excess product off the brush before applying to avoid overdoing it.
Text: Joyce Cheo, additional text Smita DeSouza