Pale Girl Problems: Blush

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Finding a blush that’s light enough to work with pale girl skin without being too vivid screaming, “I’m a slore who doesn’t know how to put on makeup properly” is kinda a tough feat. Blush can be dark and bright and, like most makeup products, seems to be made for those with darker skin. Don’t get me wrong, with a light enough hand I believe any blush can work for anyone, but finding a light blush for light skin can be difficult.

Now, I’m not the biggest fan of blush because I have a natural blush (à la rosacea) so I don’t really need to add anything on top of that mess. But once I get my full-coverage mask in place I do like to add a bit (not like those girls who look like they have lipstick streaks across their cheeks) of color.

Here are some of my favorite blush options for us pale girls:

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Benefit Blush in HervanaSpoiler alert: Hervana’s my favorite. Don’t be intimidated by the swirl of different colors – this beauty is the lightest, brightest pink there is. She’s prefect for every occasion and all year round. Every woman should have Hervana in her vanity because she is seriously, seriously beautiful. I even used this on my mom and me on her wedding day.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion – Hourglass puts out some phenomenal products and these blushes are no different. This light coral color is perfect for spring and summer  and us pale girls. Plus, with some of the famed Ambient Lighting Powder mixed in, this blush has a gorgeous finish.

Another Hourglass blush option that I owned for a hot second (detailed in my epic/shameful Bitches Be Haulin’ post) but sadly returned is in the shade Ethereal Glow. At the time, I thought it was too light for me but I’m seriously considering picking it up again. I think I was in a different makeup “mood” then…?

Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal – “The unique formula adjusts to your skin’s natural chemistry to create a customized look and [this] universal shade is flattering on all skin tones.” Personally, I think this description/concept is complete BS. Maybe that’s just me. Regardless, used in moderation this blush is gorgeous. A bit brighter than Hervana but still gives you that fresh-faced, doll-like flush. Or maybe that’s just how it reacts to my chemistry. HA.

bareMinerals Blush in Fruit Cocktail – I met my friend Hayley for lunch and she was wearing the most beautiful blush ever. I promptly said, “Tell me what blush you’re wearing. We’re going to Ulta right now.” Her skin tone is much tanner and it was simply perfect on her so I had to test it out for us too. For research purposes, obviously. Although this bright beauty is another one to be careful about over-application because too much will have you looking like a Mississippi sorority girl. Ya feel?

NARS Blush in Madly – My newest adopted child is this beauty I heard raved about on YouTube last fall. The description says “seashell pink” but I don’t get a pink flush from this shade. I would say it’s closest to Hourglass Dim Infusion blush but not as bright. I loved wearing it this winter right above my contour as a very subtle, not-so-blush blush. Go check out this one in person because she will blow you away.

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Now for applying blush, I’ve never really been in love with the big, fluffy blush brushes that are the norm but I recently fell in love with the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush. This bad boy has densely packed bristles with flat-ish sides for precise application. Similarly built (but smaller and less dense) is the MAC 127 Split Fiber Face Brush. Lezzz be honest though, this one was just too pretty to pass up.

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Hope this helps, my pale sistahs! Check out other posts from my “Pale Girl Problems” series:

ConcealerContouring / Foundation Matching / Pros to Being a Pale Girl

Do you adore any of these shades as well? What are some of your favorite blushes? What else can be added to the list of blush for pale girls? Let me know in the comments below!


24 thoughts on “Pale Girl Problems: Blush

  1. I hear you! Blush for pale girls is fraught with peril. Nars Madly is one of my favs too. I also love MAC Prism and NYX Angel. I’m always looking for blushes that aren’t super pigmented because I just can’t work with them.


    • Ooohh, I’ve not heard of either! Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for those! I feel like there’s another MAC one that I’ve been interested in… doll something?

      That’s funny about the pigmentation thing… for everything else I want super pigmentation! But not always blush 🙂


  2. I love the look of Nars Madly and also Benefit Hervana – I would love to pick them up one day! Have you tried Nars Sin? It looks strange and purpley in the pan, but it adds the most beautiful colour to your cheeks! 🙂 xxx


  3. As fellow pale gal, I feel your pain and totally appreciate this post!! Have you tried MAC Breath of Plum? That’s one of the shades I swear by! Hervana has been on my to-buy list for a while.


  4. Yesss! I love your pale girl posts! I have been wanting that dior blush forever and wasn’t sure it would work because it looks bright, but now I’m gonna get it!!! My favorite pale girl blush is Tarte Dollface. I use it almost everyday!!!


    • Yeah, it’s really not crazy with a light hand. Plus the packaging is gorgeous and it never hurts to have a lil Dior in your life. And I think I may have Dollface or maybe just gave it away? I’m not quite sure.

      Also, more pale girl posts to come. Well… at least one more. :):):)


  5. It’s so funny because just last week I was googling “blush for pale skin” after an unfortunate test drive with a cream blush that’s waaaaay too dark and red/orangish. I’ll be honest, even if I had the $$ I could not bring myself to buy Hourglass Dim Infusion. I am a vegetarian and the marbling on the blush looks exactly like the fake bacon I eat from Morningstar. Yikes.


    • Although some people like cream blush, I find it a little too hard to work with… I feel your pain!

      Bahahaha about the fakin’ bacon. That’s hilarious. Maybe find one with different marbling?!


  6. #PaleGirlProblems are something i completely get! I’m always seeing girls with the most beautiful blushes on, but sometimes, I feel like I cover up all of my redness, but then basically just pack it back on with blushes. *SIGH* Anyways-my go to’s are: Stila Self-Adjusting Coral (light handed is a must with this one), MAC Bushbaby, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink (Seems slightly neon at first glance, but is so beautiful when applied) and lastly, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Antigua and The Body Shop Honey Bronze in 01. Those bonzers give me life! Seriously though, how amazing are those Hourglass Blushes?!?! I don’t know how survived without them.


    • Soooo true. It seems weird to want to cover up all the redness and then just plop it back on.

      I DONT HAVE ANY OF THOSE! Sad flipping day! Is it really called Bushbaby?!? That’s kind of hilarious. Definitely haven’t heard of that one!


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