While blush may be less complicated than its makeup contemporaries, there’s no reason for you to not get creative with it. Need inspiration? Check out your fave celebs’ cheek techniques—you’ll surely find one that will bring out your natural beauty even more, whether you’re mestiza, medium-skinned, or morena:
Experiment with orange blush, like Janella Salvador. Apply sparingly—a little amount will give you the right boost of color already.
A rosy pink hue will always be your best bet when it comes to blush. In general, mestizas should go for lighter or brighter shades (avoid dark ones) so a fresh pink shade a la Toni Gonzaga’s will definitely take you places.
Balance out brighter pinks with nude-colored lips. Richer pink shades (like this one on Julia Barretto) will give you that doll-like look—avoid looking too sweet by going nude on your pout.
Contour lightly using blush or powder that’s medium-deep in shade with a hint of orange. It’s the perfect cheek technique if you want to do sexy smoky eyes like Jodi Sta. Maria at the 9th Star Magic Ball.
Your barely-there makeup essential: Pink-orange blush. Kathryn Bernardo looks au naturel, only fresher, with a dusting of this hue on her cheekbones.
Old rose blush + just a wee bit of highlighter = Old Hollywood glam a la Shaina Magdayao. For formal events, darker shades are a must so you won’t look too pale under the lights or moodier settings.
The darker your skin tone, the darker the blush shade you can get away with—but don’t go too extreme. To balance out deeper hues, top off with highlighter or shimmer for a luxurious vibe like Bianca Gonzalez’s.
Peachy-brown blush is your no-makeup look power weapon. Nadine Lustre doesn’t pile on the makeup, but makes sure to brighten her complexion with a hint of this shade.
Replace blush with bronzer for statement cheekbones. Celebrate morena skin like Iza Calzado by opting to highlight your bone structure instead of going all out on color.
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