For anyone looking for sculpted cheeks or a youthful glow, blush can do the trick. Of course, the right one can. Choosing the wrong blush or applying too much of it can actually do the more harm than good.
So to avoid looking like a hot mess, let’s figure out how to choose the right blush for us. We’ve done the research and even prepared a list of the best blushes you can find online in the Philippines.
How to Choose a Blush in the Philippines – Buying Guide
Our skin type and skin tone play a big part in choosing the right blush, so let’s take a look at what exactly is great for our skin.
Choose a Kind of Blush According to Your Skin Type
The first thing to do before finding your shade is to determine what type of blush matches your skin type.
Normal Skin: Choose According to Your Preference
If you have normal skin, you’re basically blessed. You don’t have to take into account the same skin concerns people with oily skin or dry skin face, so you can choose any kind of blush: powder, liquid, gel–anything!
Just make sure to match it with your foundation. To avoid streaking on powder foundation, use a powder blush; likewise, do not apply a liquid blush over a powder foundation.
Oily or Combination Skin: Get a Powder Blush to Control Shine or a Gel Brush for a Sheer Flush
With Philippine weather being humid all year round, there’s literally no way to escape shine. That’s why you’ll need a blush that will mop up excess oil or sweat on the skin. Sticking to powder blushes will ensure that you’re shine-free most of the day and that you’ll still be left with a nice flush of color by the end of it.
Gel blushes are also a good choice for oily skin since they’re water-based and oil-free. It’s just that, unlike powder blushes which can deliver a striking pop of color, gel blushes only provide a sheer flush. They’re great for those effortless, no-makeup look days.
If you do, however, really prefer a liquid or cream blush, you can try layering on translucent setting powder or powder blush to make it last longer.
Dry Skin: Get a Liquid or Cream Blush for Added Moisture
If you have dry skin, we suggest going with a liquid or cream blush, which absorbs into the skin better; plus, it acts as an added layer of moisture. Stay clear of powder blushes, which can emphasize flakes and fine lines.
Liquid blushes are a bit tough to handle, but getting the right amount on the right spot will do the trick. Just be careful as some products are quick to dry allowing you no space for error.
Cream blushes, on the other hand, are smooth and velvety and glide on your skin easily. They also deliver a great amount of color, so a small amount can go a long way.
Find the Perfect Shade For Your Skin Tone
After you’ve figured out what type of blush you want to get, it’s time to check which color will match you best.
Fair Skin: Go for Soft Pinks, Peaches, and Light Corals; Stay Away From Vibrant Colors
If you have fair skin, we advise you to stay away from vibrant colors that will clash with your skin tone. Instead, stick to colors that will complement your skin such as soft pinks, peaches, and light corals.
To get a little more detailed, we suggest petal pink blushes for those with cool (pink or blue) undertones and a soft peach shade for those with warm (yellow or golden) undertones.
Medium Skin: Deeper Pinks and Peaches or Mauve Shades
If you have medium skin, we recommended you to stick to pinks and peaches. You can opt to layer them on until they’re vibrant enough or choose to go for deeper shades. Rich pinks and mauve shades can give medium skin a dramatic edge.
Berry shades will look radiant with cool medium skin, while a peachy pink (a mix between apricot and pink) one will pair well on warm medium skin.
Dark Skin: Deep Shades of Red, Orange, or Brown
If you have dark skin, you will need to go for deep shades of red, orange, or brown. Look for shades that are crazy bright in the packaging. These shades will leave you looking radiant instead of washed out.
For dark skin with yellow or golden undertones, we suggest a tangerine or brick-orange blush, and for those with cool undertones, we recommend a blush with a deep berry or raisin hue.
Top 10 Best Blushes to Buy Online in the Philippines
It’s time to check out the best blushes you can get online.
10. CANMAKE Cream Cheek Blush
Easy to Apply and Long-Lasting Gel-Cream Blush
You won’t have problems applying this blush since it blends easily and seamlessly into your makeup. It also gives your cheeks a natural looking glow, despite some shades having a hint of shimmer. It also lasts for a good few hours, unless you have oily skin.
Although, it might take a bit of layering before you start to see some color–and a bit more if you want it to show up on camera. Another thing is that you can get this blush for a much cheaper price in Japan, so if you’re planning a trip, you might want to check these out.
9. VMV Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick
A Blush That’s More Skincare Than Makeup
If you can’t seem to find a blush that doesn’t irritate your skin, we suggest trying VMV. The brand has it’s own rating system to make sure their products are hypoallergenic–that includes this gorgeous blush encased in mother of pearl.
It contains virgin coconut oil, fatty acids, and green tea. It also works as an anti-inflammatory moisturizer that helps prevent acne. Its rich and creamy in texture glides onto the skin and won’t settle into your lines. Most of all, it leaves you with a natural-looking radiance and nice flush of color.
8. Mac Powder Blush
Cult Classic Blush with a Great Selection of Shades
This powder blush from MAC is available in 11 shades, so we’re sure you’ll be able to find your match. The Melba (pictured above) is a soft coral peach that can suit fair to medium skin tones. Just go easy on application, as it’s quite pigmented.
There’s also a brighter shade of orange (burnt pepper) for darker skin tones, and a soft candy pink for fairer skin tones. These blushes are blendable and buildable; plus, they’re long-lasting. What more do you need from a blush?
7. Apieu Juicy Pang Blusher
Pigmented Liquid Blush for Beginners
This blush might look like an average nail polish, but it isn’t–it’s a blush! It’s also quite pigmented, so be careful with application. In fact, we suggest using your fingers instead of the applicator it comes with, as it’s hard to control the amount of product to use.
It’s available in three colors: orange, purple, and red. Don’t be intimidated by the bright colors though, they blend easily and naturally, so you won’t have a problem even if you’re new to liquid blushes. It gives a natural and smooth finish that lasts a for a few hours.
6. Fit Me All-Day Natural Lightweight Blush by Maybelline
Affordable and Long-Lasting Powder Blush
This is truly one of the more affordable but quality blushes out there in the market. Just like the foundation from the same line, the blush is lightweight and long-lasting. You won’t worry about losing that nice flush of color by the end of the day.
It’s available in 4 shades: nude, peach, rose, and wine, which were chosen to match Filipino skin tones. These all seamlessly blend into your skin for a natural finish.
5. the Balm Cabana Boy Blush
Make All the Boys Blush with This Dusty-Rose Blush
This dusty-rose or muted raspberry blush with a subtle luminous sheen is a dream. Its texture is soft, smooth, and silky. It melts and blends into your skin easily. It lasts for a good few hours too. Do be careful as its highly pigmented and a little will go a long way; use a light hand while applying it.
It can also be used as an eyeshadow, as it’s perfect for shading the creases of your eyes. The shade doesn’t lean on being too warm or cool, so it’ll suit most skin tones. Lastly, it’s talc-free and paraben-free; what’s not to love about this blush?
4. Smashbox O-Glow
Magically Watch Your Cheeks Turn Pink
This product works like magic. It starts off looking like a clear primer, but once you apply it onto the apples of your cheeks, they turn a rosy pink! It easily glides onto your skin, much like a silicone primer, and melts into your foundation.
This product supposedly reacts to your skin’s pH levels and turns into a pink shade that’s perfect for you. The color is very subtle though, so it may not work for darker skin tones as the color just might not show.
3. Benefit Dandelion
Delicate Natural Flush for Fair Skin
Benefit’s Box-O-Powder series is a collection of bronzers, blushes, and highlighters that are designed to be versatile. One of them is the Dandelion, a sheer but buildable ballerina pink that gives fair skin complexions a boost of radiance.
You can use it all over your face–lightly–for a natural and youthful flush or build it up on your cheeks a more pigmented dose of color. There is a hint of shimmer, but most of the radiance comes from the luminous color pigments.
2. Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush
Gives a Natural and Sheer Flush of Color
These cloud paint tubes are not to be underestimated. They might be small, but the gel-cream formula is absolutely pigmented. Just squeeze a small amount onto your fingers and blend them onto your cheeks for a natural and sheer flush of color.
The texture is lovely and easily blendable–be careful not to go overboard though, as it is quite pigmented. It’s available in 6 shades, but we recommend the shade “Dusk” because it suits most skin tones.
1. Clinique Cheek Pop
A Buildable Pop of Color for Your Cheeks
Unlike most powder blushes deliver an intense color with one swipe, this one allows you to slowly build color gradually. Don’t get us wrong–this blush is pigmented, so a little can go a long way. This makes it easier to pair this blush with the rest of your make up.
It looks natural and blends really well into the skin; you won’t find any trace of uneven texture with this blush. It’s available in three colors online: berry pop, a medium-dark fuchsia pink; ginger pop a reddened coral shade; and peach pop, a pink coral shade.
How to Apply Blush
Sadly, we can’t just apply your blush wherever we please.
How to Apply Blush for Your Face Shape
- Round – To slim a round face, suck in your cheeks (basically, make a fish face) to locate your cheekbones and sweep the blush along them from the ear down towards your mouth. Avoid using a pearlized blush as it can make your face appear rounder.
- Oval – To balance an oval face, start by applying blush from the middle of your cheeks and sweep it at an upward angle toward your earlobes.
- Long – To shorten a long face, apply and blend the blush right below the apples of your cheeks without hitting your temples.
- Heart – To accentuate the cheekbones of a heart-shaped face, apply the blush just below the apples of your cheeks and blend it out into your hairline up to your temples.
- Square – To soften a square face, apply the blush just on the apples of your cheeks keeping it close to your nose while blushing in your hairline to soften the edges.
Use a Brush for Powder and Your Fingers for Cream and Liquid
For powder blushes, we recommend using a wide-headed loose-powder brush that’s better at distributing color. Of course, you can use the traditional blush brush too, if that’s what you have available. Just remember to tap off any excess color to avoid splotches of color.
Cream and liquid blushes, on the other hand, are best applied with your fingers. They can work color into the skin best. You can use a makeup sponge or beautyblender to blend out liquid or cream blush in case you applied too much.
Sometimes, all you need is a pop of color on your cheeks to brighten up your complexion. Just remember to choose based on your skin type and skin tone to make the most out of your blush.
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