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Beauty How-To: Choose a Blush for Pale Skin

Too much makeup on pale skin can leave you looking clown-faced. Then again, so can the wrong colors. Pale-faced ladies need to be careful when buying blush, unless you like that whole stage-makeup look. We’ve got the colors that work for your cheeks after the jump!How Pale Are We Talkin’?:
Ask a few friends to rank you on the “pale scale” from 1 to 10 (1 being albino). Your blush color should be no more than a shade or two deeper than your natural skin color.

Paper Test:
Figure out your undertones by holding a bright yellow sheet of paper and a pink sheet of paper next to your face in the mirror. The paper that brings out your natural color is what you should look for in a blush.Choose pink or rose blush if the piggy-colored paper did you justice, and peach, coral or apricot blush for the yellow paper.

Shower Test:
Another good trick is to check your face in the morning right after you take a shower or exercise to see the color of your skin when it is flushed. This is your blush (or accent) color.

Department Store Help:
If you’re still having trouble choosing a blush color for your pale skintone, ask a department store makeup consultant to suggest a good shade for you. A good cosmetic counter clerk can also teach you the correct way to apply your blush and maybe even sell you a good brush.

Two Shades:
Consider using two different shades of blush, a more natural shade across your cheeks and a brighter shade just on the apples (the high points when you smile).

Cream, Gels, and Powders:
Choose a cream or gel blush if you want more control and easier blending than a powder blush offers. If you have pale skin, the last thing you need is for your cheeks to look painted on.

Exchange Policy:
Try to purchase your blush from a store that allows you to exchange your blush in case the shade looks wrong when you get home. Otherwise you’re likely to wear it anyway, even if it makes you look washed up or clownish.

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