The Best Blush Color To Wake Up Your Face


Look for the brightest pink POSSIBLE, my friends.

I admit that when I see bright, punchy, Barbie pink I think “spring” or “summer”. I’m usually drawn to warmer, softer, and more “nude” shades in the winter. And while those are still a great option for so many skin tones, if you are looking to wake your face up this season look for a shade of blush that resembles a Bubble Tape package.

A few of my very favorite blush brands are Milani, Tarte, and Nars. I must admit that Charlotte Tilbury blushes I’ve tried left a little to be desired.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink is bright with a little bit of radiance as well! Tarte’s Dollface from their Amazonian Clay 12 Hour collection, is a cooler toned Barbie pink. NARS “desire” blush is seriously bold but I imagine a subtle swipe of it on the apples of your cheeks will look stunning.

My only reminder to you is this: if you are planning on wearing red or orange-based lipstick, skip the punchy pink blush! It won’t create a cohesive look on your face. Instead, when wearing red lipstick, try just doubling up on bronzer for a little cheek definition without using a competing color!


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  1. Jen says
    Posted December 9, 2019

    The blush you’re holding looks so pretty!!! Which one is it?

    • Caryn Lecca says
      Posted December 9, 2019

      I agree! I would love to know what blush it is she’s holding!

      • Huda says
        Posted December 15, 2019

        It’s the by Terry brand, I love all her blushes!!!

  2. Laura says
    Posted December 9, 2019

    In thinking about the red top scenario using bronzer in place of blush, what lip color would you pair with it?

  3. KIM FORBES says
    Posted December 9, 2019

    I am looking for a sunkissed looking blush, you know one like when you have been on the beach and have healthy flushed cheeks what do you recommend? Thanks

  4. christi says
    Posted December 9, 2019

    Laura Mercier violet orchid blush is my winter cheek color.
    Looks like my skin naturally does when I’m out in the cold.

  5. Michele says
    Posted December 10, 2019

    Can you show us how to use just bronzer?

  6. Julie Tuck says
    Posted December 10, 2019

    Could I please ask you where you got that adorable diamond ring you are wearing in this post? I love it! Thanks!

  7. Shari says
    Posted December 10, 2019

    I love tarte blushes too! Been into MAC lately – any must have MAC blushes you’d recommend? My current fav is Blushbaby and I also love Gingerly.

    • KIM FORBES says
      Posted December 10, 2019

      You guys are awesome keep naming some good blushes!! I am looking for a good pinky/peach one for the winter. Something to brighten me up but not look like a clown ha ha

  8. Angela says
    Posted December 10, 2019

    I love bright pinks and oranges for a quick flush of colour. The Makeup Revolution cream blush palette has a great bright pink and coral that I love, but I still need to add the milani blush to my collection!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  9. Kelly says
    Posted December 11, 2019

    What is the blush you are holding in the picture? … brand and colour … thanks

    • Kate says
      Posted December 11, 2019

      It’s called Sexy Pink by By Terry

  10. Tina McNamara says
    Posted December 11, 2019

    I have a question not really related to this post. Is it necessary to use the same skin care brand products on your face to help with ph balance and what not. I’m having very dry skin recently and use various cleaning (Walmart brand) and moisturizing products (Mary Kay). My MK representative says I should use all the same products (of course) to help my skin rebalance itself. I would just like your input on this. Thanks.

    • Kate says
      Posted December 11, 2019

      I do not think you need to use ALL of the same products. I can see how some are created to work together, but in general that isn’t a hard and fast rule

  11. Shauna Smith says
    Posted December 16, 2019

    What blush is it that you are using in the photos on this post?

  12. Pam says
    Posted July 30, 2020

    What blush are you holding in the top picture?