Blush is one of the most underrated makeup products out there. There is no other makeup out there that can make you look healthy and youthful as quickly as blush can.
Finding the right blush for your skin tone, however, can be just as challenging as finding the correct foundation match.
So, we’ve turned to the makeup experts on Reddit to find the best blush for fair skin and sorted them by MAC foundation shade.
Pro Tip: Use the Right Brush
Before we dive into the best blush for pale skin, here is an important tip:
If your blush looks too intense, then you may want to reconsider the brush you use.
A large fluffy brush is best for distributing color and will make even the most pigmented blush go on evenly.
It’s also essential for blending out cream and liquid blush for a naturally flushed look.
e.l.f. Blush Brush
Redditor AloofSpoof recommends the super affordable e.l.f. blush brush:
“Elf blush brush. It’s sort of like a rounded paddle brush, but it isn’t dense. The bristles always pick up the right amount of product and blends it out beautifully on the skin. The actual shape of the brush is amazing because it fits right on the apples of my cheeks.” – AloofSpoof
Best Blush for Very Fair, Cool Skin
Redditor ayimera has NC10/NW13 neutral/cool skin tone and they recommended the following blushes:
“Clinique Cheek Pop in Pansy is one of my favorites. I apply with a sponge and it lasts all day. A very creamy hybrid powder. Really unique violet color that comes off more pink on my skin.” – ayimera
“Jouer Blush Duo in Adore: An all around nice powder formulation, peachy-pink duo great for fair skin. Their bronzer for fair skin is also amazing (although a little too yellow leaning for me).“- ayimera
Redditor GodlyPumpkin has fair, cool toned skin and she recommended the Milani Romantic Rose blush as a bronzer. See more pics of her wearing the blush here.
Best Blush for Very Fair, Warm Skin
Reddit user MollyWeasleySlays recommended the following blushes for their MAC NC15 skin tone:
“Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop. I love this formula, but Nude Pop is my favorite shade. It’s so glowy and I get compliments on my skin when I wear it. I’m thinking about trying out Ginger Pop next.“
“Benetint in Mango (Cha Cha Tint). This one was hard to figure out since a little goes a looong way. That being said, I realized if I put Benetint on under a sheer foundation, it gave me the most natural flushed look.” – MollyWeasleySlays
Best Blush for Very Fair, Olive Skin
Reddit user RoryLoryDean has NC10 olive skin and here’s what they said about the following blushes:
“Perfect blush for me is deep for playing up high contrast, but cool toned and slightly muted for enhancing undertones (Make a Mauve). Deep but clear blushes (Rosy Cheeks), deep but warm blushes (Exhibit A), and warm but heavily muted blushes (brick red etc.) also work.” – RoryLoryDean
Best Blush for Light, Cool Skin
Redditor ndfehr has this to say about their favorite blushes for their cool-toned NW20 skin tone.
“I’m NW20 and have become obsessed with the MAC glow play blushes. I first bought Cheer Up and went back the next day to buy So Natural. They’re so lovely, the finish and the lasting power, I’m so impressed.” – ndfehr
Best Blush for Light, Warm Skin
Redditor st0nefox is MAC NC20 and here’s what they said about their favorite blushes:
“MAC NC20. I love Mac’s Melba, Tarte’s exposed and glossier’s cloudpaint in dusk.“ – st0nefox
Best Blush for Light, Olive Skin
Redditor hauteburrrito has MAC NC20 olive skin and they recommended the following:
“Clinique Cheek Pops; really glowy and beautiful, like a gentle wash; my personal favourite is Pansy Pop (a lovely orchid shade)”
“Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes; another really glowy, buildable formula; great for mimicking a full flush; my absolute favourite is Dim Infusion, which looks like something out of a Renoir painting.” – hauteburrito
Best Blush for Light to Medium, Cool Skin
Redditor Ecstatic-Chain-310 who has cool-toned light to medium skin recommends the NYX Sweet Cheeks Matte blush in So Taupe for contouring:
“I like Nyx Sweet Cheeks matte blush in So Taupe for my cool toned contour.” Ecstatic-Chain-310
Best Blush for Light to Medium, Warm Skin
For warm, light to medium skin tones that are around MAC NC25 to NC30, Reddit user ladidadidadoll recommended the following blushes for natural looking everyday blushes:
“Flower beauty Nectar and Cinnamon is definitely good natural everyday blushes.”- ladidadidadoll
Best Blush for Light to Medium, Olive Skin
Redditor MsAggie recommends the following blushes for light to medium olive skin, around NC25 to NC30:
“Hourglass Mood Exposure, Tarte Exposed, and Milani Nude Kiss.”- MsAggie
Best Blush for Light to Medium, Neutral Skin
For neutral skin tones that are light to medium or around MAC NC25, Reddit user emc2- recommends cult-favorite NARS Orgasm blush.
“My skin is light-to-medium and neutral. My all-time favorite is Nars Orgasm. It is the perfect shade for me, regardless of if I have a bit of summer tan or not.” – emc2-
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