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:
Benefit Blush in Hervana – Spoiler 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.
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.
Hope this helps, my pale sistahs! Check out other posts from my “Pale Girl Problems” series:
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!