Pink blush is an easy choice when you want to look fresh-faced. This is why it is no surprise that it made an appearance on both the spring/ summer and fall/ winter runways. There is something about light, feminine blushes that adds youthfulness to the features and makes for a nice change of direction from the Instaglam look that is so heavy on contour and highlight. However, even if you like that dramatic look, who’s to say that you can’t top it up with some pink-toned blush?
We’ve selected the best pink blush shades for you to try, featuring different textures and tones so that you can find a match no matter your skin type or coloring. We then explain what the color theory behind pink blushes is, and use that information to help you choose a pink blush based on your skin tone and undertone. To finish things off, we’ve included some tips & tricks to get you inspired about blushing pink.
In this article:
- Our Picks of the Best Pink Blushes
- How to Choose the Best Pink Blush for Your Skin Tone
- Pink Blush Tips & Tricks
Our Picks of the Best Pink Blushes
Creams, powders, and liquids – these are the best pink blush formulas you can try! We’ve selected all manner of pink blushes, from pale baby pinks to vivid fuchsias to sandy roses. No matter your preference, you will find a pink blush here that is well worth trying.
1. NARS Blush in Angelika
No brand does blush as well as NARS. This pressed powder pink blush is slightly cool-toned, with a mostly matte finish. It does have a few silver specks flecked through it, but they don’t take away from the natural finish. This blush is easy to blend into the skin, with medium pigmentation that is great for beginners to work with. Buy it from Sephora or Amazon!
2. Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff
If you are committed to keeping things as soft and dewy as possible, then a Cloud Paint blush is a must. This cream blush formula comes in a little squeeze tube that dispenses just the right amount of product. It goes on sheer and blends easily, but you can build it up a little if necessary. Puff is a gorgeous neutral pink that will suit all skin tones, with a creamy finish that is the very definition of fresh. Order it directly from Glossier or Amazon!
3. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty
With this pressed pink blush everything is pink, including the compact! This powder blush is a light and cool pink tone with a satin finish that looks lovely on the skin. The coverage is just right so that it shows up natural on first swipe but can be blended down or built up depending on the look you’re going for. The formula includes a bit of clay to absorb excess oils. It is available at Sephora and Amazon.
4. Dior Rosy Glow Petal Awakening Blush
This delicate powder blush comes in a gorgeous Dior compact, so you will feel quite luxurious when pulling it out of your bag to touch up. It’s a very cool-toned pink blush with a pale base, so it looks particularly delicate on the skin. It has a slightly frosted finish, but no visible flecks of shimmer or sparkle. Pick it up from Nordstrom or Amazon!
5. Kylie Cosmetics Blush in Rosy
If you like a buttery blush, we gotta say Kylie Jenner knocked it out of the park. Despite having a matte finish, these blushes feel very smooth and creamy going on the skin. Rosy is a dark pink blush that will suit deeper skin tones, with a neutral undertone that is super flattering. The blush comes in a square, cardboard container, which makes it very durable and resistant to breakage. Grab it at Ulta!
6. Ilia Multi-Stick in Tenderly
If you’re trying to avoid any buzzy synthetic ingredients, then Ilia makeup should definitely be on your radar. This cream blush stick has an all-natural formula based on botanical oils and waxes. It will moisturize your skin while imparting a soft flush of cool, pale pink. Because this formula has a cream base, it will actually look nice against both light and dark skin. You can use it for a monochrome look on your cheeks, lips, and eyes! You can find it through Revolve and Amazon.
7. Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powder in B202
This bubblegum pink blush will put you in a great mood. It is a cool pink with a satin finish that looks very bright against the skin. It is not too light, so it registers well on tanned skin, with intense pigmentation but soft texture that blends well. If you want your blush to have real presence, this is a great choice. It is sold at Sephora.
8. Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Lush & Libido 500
This cool-toned pink blush offers a bit of a glow, since it’s a duo it can also be adjusted based on your mood. One side is darker and cooler, while the other is more neutral, glowy and slightly less pigmented. You can mix them together for a lovely tone, or play around with the lighter side as highlighter. The formula is blendable and extremely long-lasting. Grab it from Net-a-Porter or Amazon!
9. Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops in Bubbly
If you don’t want to shell out for Cloud Paint, this is the dupe everyone raves about. Bubbly is a very cool-toned pink blush in a creamy formula. It is surprisingly pigmented, so just a tiny dab goes a long way towards giving the skin a natural wash of color. It is very lightweight on the skin, so it’s great if you hate the feel of makeup, and it works just well over bare skin as it does on top of foundation. You can buy it at Ulta or Amazon.
10. Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Clarity
This stick cream blush has a smooth formula that glides over the skin with ease, to impart a gorgeous pink flush. Despite being a cream formula, this blush is not subtle at all. It has a neutral-cool undertone, but it is bright and saturated. It will show up particularly well on deeper skin tones and may look a little too Barbie-esque on fair skin. Order it from Dermstore or Amazon!
11. NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm
Orgasm is an iconic peachy-pink blush that deserves room on every blush list. This is a liquid version of the blush that is great if you like a dewier look. This moisturizing formula is easy to blend with medium pigmentation, while the warm pink tone is universally flattering with just a hint of golden shimmer. Get it at Sephora or Amazon!
12. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Happy
Cream blushes don’t have to come in stick form. This pressed cream blush comes in KW’s modernly shaped compact. It is a cool pink blush that goes on pretty opaque on first swipe, but is easy to blend out to a more sheer finish. It is very bright on lighter skin tones, but on deeper skin it registers like a soft, baby pink. It is available online via Net-a-Porter.
13. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 64 Pink Explosion
This medium pink blush is neither too cool nor too warm, making it one of the more versatile blushes on this list. It comes in the form of a silky-soft pressed powder, with moderate pigmentation and a matte finish. Like other Chanel blushes, it has a subtle rose scent that reinforces its luxury status. Grab it at Nordstrom!
14. Too Cool For School Jelly Blusher in Pink
It may appear small, but this well-pigmented product lasts a while in a container that holds nearly the same amount of product as Cloud Paint and other cream blushes. It has a bouncy texture that is a pleasure to apply to the skin, with a neutral pink tone that flatters most. Pick it up from Ulta!
15. Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint Cheek & Lip Stain
Liquid blushes have the most imperceptible formula when it comes to both look and feel. You will not feel this orchid pink blush, and the color it’ll give your cheeks will seem as natural as can be. It is a light, cool pink tone with an almost mauve shift that looks just as nice on the lips as it does on the cheeks. It is sold at Revolve.
16. Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip + Cheek in Halo
A great blush doesn’t need to be pigmented. In fact, a sheer blush is often easier to work with and looks more flattering. This glowy pink blush comes in a moisturizing stick applicator that makes putting it on a breeze. It is a neutral-cool pink that layers well over bare skin or foundation and looks great on the vast majority of skin tones. Find it at Sephora!
17. Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Gladiola
Water-based blush formulas are not a usual thing, but they are phenomenal if you have dry or dehydrated skin and are looking for a continuous glow. Gladiola is a baby pink shade with extremely sheer pigmentation, so it’s great for anyone blush-averse who would like a very natural look. It feels cooling when applied to the skin and gives the subtlest, most neutral flush of pink. It is sold at Net-a-Porter.
18. Kaja Mochi Pop Bouncy Blush in 01 Aura
This is the pink blush to try if you have light skin with very warm undertones. It is a peachy pink shade with a very glowy, frosted finish. The formulation is super buttery, sitting somewhere between a cream and a powder. It goes on smooth and pigmented but is easy to blend. On deeper skin tones, this shade can double as a highlighter. Get it from Sephora!
19. Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink
This blush is a warm medium pink that will work best on those with gold and olive undertones and medium to deep skin. The blendable texture is a silky dream with great pigmentation. It’s a great pink blush for anyone who wants a shade that will show up in the first swipe and is not afraid of blending. You can pick it up at Sephora or Amazon.
20. Lancôme Blush Subtil Oil Free Powder Blush in 347 Rose Liberte
This vivid pink blush is not for the faint of heart. It’s a very pigmented rosy tone that will suit all undertones and will be most wearable on those with tan and deep coloring since it is so saturated. The matte formula is silky and pigmented, so get ready to blend, but consider it a great option if you’re not into the sheer look. Buy it from Nordstrom!
How to Choose the Best Pink Blush for Your Skin Tone
Pink is the result of a combination of red and white. While red is considered a warm tone in art, in makeup the designation of warm and cool is a little less consistent, which is how we ended up with “blue-based reds” and “orange-based reds” as lipstick distinctions. The blue-based (i.e. cool) and orange-based (i.e warm) distinctions also apply to pink makeup products, and it is very relevant when we talk about pink blush.
As you saw from our list, most pink blushes tend to be cool-toned, though there are also some coral, peachy, or sand pink blushes that are a little warmer, not to mention a few neutral variations where a distinct undertone is impossible to determine. You should take your undertone into account when choosing a pink blush for yourself, as well as when incorporating it into your makeup color story.
Pink Blush for Cool & Beige Undertones
Those with cool skin tend to have a faint pink or reddish tint to their skin, which makes veins show through a little more purple, while those with neutral, beige skin will have clear, creamy skin with veins that appear blue.
When you have cool or neutral skin, pink blush is a natural match. It will look like a soft flush against your skin and will work with a variety of lip and eyeshadow colors.
Cool pink blush is, of course, the obvious choice, but neutral and warm pink blushes also look lovely since they still have the reddish tones that are naturally present in cool skin. When working with any shades in the red or pink family, you can really experiment with color combinations because ultimately your own undertone will still tie things together and keep the look harmonious.
Pink Blush for Warm & Olive Undertones
Those with warm undertones will have a yellow, golden, or olive tint to their skin, with veins that appear a little greener. True pink blush is much more difficult to wear when you have warm yellow or olive undertones, but it’s not impossible. This is because true pink is usually a little cooler-toned, so it will stand out against your skin.
You will notice that rather than looking very cool against your skin, cool-toned blushes will often get warmed up a little bit by the warm tones in your skin. They will look very vivid, but not quite as cool-toned as they did in the pan.
When wearing a cool pink blush, it’s important to pair it with cool-toned lipstick and neutral or cool-toned eyeshadow. Otherwise, the blush will stand out too much and your makeup look will be discordant.
You also have the option of wearing coral or peachy-pink blushes like NARS Orgasm, which will have enough yellow in them to look natural against your skin while still giving you that fresh, pink flush. With warmer pink blushes you actually have a few more lipstick options, since they will not stand out as much in your look.
It’s important to note that those with deeper skin should pay attention to the pigment base of the pink blush, especially when it comes to powder blush. Most pink blushes have a lot of white pigment in them, which will look a little chalky against deeper skin tones.
Well-saturated berry tones and dark rose blushes, however, will register as natural pinks against darker skin. This isn’t as much of a concern with cream blushes, however, since the pigmentation tends to be sheerer so even a very light shade will blend naturally into your skin.
Pink Blush Tips & Tricks
- If you’re feeling girly, rock a monochrome look. Use your pink blush as an eyeshadow, and then also dab it on the apples of your cheeks. Finalize the look with a lipstick or lip gloss in a similar shade.
- Create a high-fashion look by draping your pink blush from the apples of your cheeks all the way up to your temples, and even connect it to the outer corner of your eye.
- Another fun fashion look to try is the youthful pink blush across the apples of the cheeks and over the tip of the nose. It’s a little extra for day to day, but it’s adorable on the ‘gram.
- If you like a dewy complexion, choose a pink blush in a cream formula, but if you have oily skin or prefer to keep things matte then stick to powders instead.
- If you prefer a softer, more natural look, make sure to tap your blush on softly, and then blend it out well. This applies to both creams and powders.
- For the sheerest, most natural look, apply your cream pink blush first, and then follow it up with foundation to tone it down.
- Never stop experimenting! Try layering your pink blush with highlight and contour products to achieve different effects.
- You can also experiment with your applicators! Fingers can work in a pinch (especially with creams), a fan brush will give you a very sheer application, and if you’re going for that Barbie doll pink blush look then opt for a denser but smaller powder brush.
- Pink lipstick can double as a pink blush in a pinch! Apply it the same way you would a dedicated cream blush.
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