Drugstore products can be a lot more convenient and easy to use than regular make-up products – not to mention they’re insanely low-cost. Blush is no exception to this, and even though you may think you know all there is to know about blush, you’ll soon find there are a lot of important aspects that still need considering.
So let’s take a closer look at exactly how drugstore blush can help you get a more colorful and brighter complexion, and which are the best drugstore blush products out there that will look great on your skin.
How to Properly Apply Blush
Applying blush properly requires patience and consideration. The first thing you need to do is choose the perfect type of blush for your skin type. Dry skin usually warrants the use of cream, while powder and gel blush will be better for oily skin.
Getting a reliable blush brush is also extremely important, and once you do, you have to follow the steps for proper application. This involves applying blush only after you’ve applied all other make-up, and making sure you apply the right dosage, and follow the simple instructions for application that we mention below.
Make sure you always apply the same amount of blush on both cheeks, so that the placement and colors match perfectly. Also, you can use some translucent powder to dust your cheek for a more natural, warmer look.
Tips to Apply Blush Perfectly
There are a few basic steps you have to keep in mind whenever you apply blush. These steps will help you get the perfect look you’re looking for without any complicated considerations:
- Once you have your blush prepared, do a “fish face” to find the apple of your cheeks. Avoid smiling, as this would get you to apply your blush too low.
- Start applying the blush along the center of the apple on one side of your face, then blend the color naturally all along your cheekbone.
- Use smooth and gentle strokes from the interior of your face outward, towards the sides.
- For ideal blending, use a clear blush.
- If you want to get a more youthful look, always apply your blush higher on each side (no lower than the level of your nostril) and about as close to your nose as your pupil.
The Best Blush For Your Skin Tone
Choosing the ideal blush color for your skin tone and complexion is just as important as choosing the right brand. This will help you blend your blush in naturally, so that it will enhance your look considerably.
It is ideal to consider not only your skin tone, but also your hair color and any other colors you may be using for your make-up that might require a specific hue of blush.
For pale skin the best choice would be to select lively colors such as pink, or even darker, more pronounced hues. An appropriate cool pink will be ideal if your face is usually extremely pale.
With brown hair and fair-to-medium skin, you can wear a much more varied range of tones. Normally the ideal choice would be a vibrant pink or something slightly darker like Smokey Rose – depending on your preference. Warmer reds and colors such as hot coral are usually reserved for darker skin tones.
Let’s now take a quick look at the best actual products that can not only give you excellent quality for the best price, but also offer excellent overall efficiency and the perfect stylish look.
NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush
Rich pigmentation, a healthy glow and NYX’s silky well-designed formula will make this blush just perfect for a long-lasting natural look.
When I tried out the NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush I didn’t feel the price was too high at all. It was effortless to put on, and it lasted for quite a long time. Compact and practical, it’s easy to carry, and I was also surprised at how pigmented it was. This is definitely a top choice for cruelty-free blush!
Milani Baked Blush
The Milani Baked Blush is ideal for elegant shapes, highlights and contours. I had initially ordered and wanted to try it out because of how lively the color looked, and it didn’t disappoint.
This drugstore blush will give you a glowing, vibrant look, and the pigment is just right to keep it natural. It won’t make you look fake, and you can have it lasting quite a while with a simple oil-free foundation. What I really liked about it was how it lasted for the entire day – far longer than many, more expensive products.
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush
Maybelline surprised me with this high quality, non-comedogenic blush that can give you a natural, all-day color, and keep perfectly blended with your skin tone.
What I found when I first tried the New York Fit Me! was that it gave a much brighter color than most products, but still didn’t make me look unnatural. Application was easy, and the color stays true throughout the day. Also, I loved the fact that it gave me perfect control over how intense I wanted the color to look.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Gentle Mineral Blush
In the L’Oreal Paris True Match I found what is probably the smoothest and gentlest formula any drugstore blush is based on. It felt silky as soon as I started applying it, and it’s a safe bet that it’s great for sensitive skin – as promoted by L’Oreal.
The True Match Naturale mineral blush is actually designed for all skin types and skin tones. Although I went with a color I don’t normally try it still looked quite natural and healthy – yet a touch more daring. For a relatively low price, this was a surprisingly good find.
NYX Cream Blush
Finally, the NYX Cream Blush offers the same upscale quality I’ve come to expect from NYX products. It’s a very smooth and silky blush, and far healthier than most. Infused with mineral oils, it’s designed to offer great color choices, and to condition and hydrate your skin at the same time.
Like the other products on the list, it lasted the entire day; but I was surprised at the softness of the color and how easily it blended with my complexion. The color and texture both felt and looked flawless, and wearing the NYX actually made me feel a lot more confident and calm than with even some of the more refined products I tried.