Blush can give you a dewy glow, but it can also leave your skin red and irritated if you're prone to sensitivity and breakouts.
Blush should be the secret ingredient in just about every makeup-lover's bag. Not only can it highlight your best features and draw attention away from imperfections; it also gives your face healthy colour. But if your skin tends to react to everything you put on it, that pink glow could quickly become a red rash.
You don't have to give up on blush—or any other product—just because your skin is a bit disobedient. Here's how to achieve a year-round glow without any irritation.
Know Your Skin Type
It's a mistaken belief that all acne-prone skin is oily and all sensitive skin is dry. Your skin can be sensitive, acne-prone, oily, dry, or any combination thereof. Blush that works with, not against, your skin type is key.
Dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin may have scaly patches and often gets worse during the winter.
Oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin tends to be shiny within an hour or two of applying your makeup and especially misbehaves during the summer.
Combination skin tends to change throughout the year or might be dry in some areas and oily in others. If you have combination skin, you'll probably have to change products on a seasonal basis.
Pick the Right Blush
Once you know your skin type, picking the right blush is easy. If your skin is oily, then mineral-based formulas are an ideal option. These products contain fewer irritating ingredients, and because most are powders, they absorb excess oil. Youngblood Pressed Mineral Blush comes in a range of colours.
If your skin is dry, products that soak up too much oil can actually trigger breakouts and sensitivity. Try a cream blush for all-day hydration. Inika Lip & Cheek Cream minimises skin-irritating ingredients while offering gentle moisture.
If you're new to the world of blush and concerned about turning your face into a streaky pink mess, try a highlighter instead. Highlighters offer subtle shimmer and reflect light without the pigments of blush.
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam offers targeted highlighting and a matte finish, making it an ideal choice for oily skin.
theBalm Manizers are a great choice for soft highlighting and subtle bronzing.
For the sheerest touch of colour that won't irritate dry, sensitive skin, try creamy Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter