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10 Blushes That Pop On Indian Skin Tones

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Blush is an underrated product, when it comes to makeup for Indian women. We brown girls tend to ignore the lifting effect blush can have on our skin and we choose, instead, to go heavy with kohl and lipstick. Blush can make you look like you just worked out, it can add a healthy flush of colour to an otherwise boring look, or it can contour your face. Don’t believe me? Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Bauer swears by the draping technique. So, what I’m trying to say is, don’t skip out on adding some blush to your everyday makeup looks.

#HauteTip: Unless you have absolutely flawless skin, I prefer applying blush on top of a base layer: foundation or BB Cream.


1. Drape

If you’re looking for the ultimate draping product, look no further. Marc Jacobs Beauty released the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo earlier this year. In case you need a refresher on what draping is, here goes: apply the lighter colour on top of your cheekbone and the darker color below it. An angled brush works best for this technique. But if you want a soft sheen, then apply a mix of both shades together!

SHOP NOW: Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo (Rs 3,093)


2. Drape For Less

If you want a similar draping effect for less, then Lakmé is your best option. I love these duos. They can be used separately or together.

SHOP NOW: Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos (Rs 375)


3. A Velvety Touch

This chubby stick in a creamy formula will add a pop of colour to your face and ensure your cheeks are the highlight of your look. Apply some on the top of the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips, or with a sponge. My top pick for Indian skin tones will be the neutral, peachy shade: glimmer.

SHOP NOW: L.A. Girl Velvet Contour Blush Stick in Glimmer (Rs 713)


4. Blush Pop

I think we’ve raved about this one enough. So, just check this out? For a quick recap: it’s easy to wear, fuss-free, and gives an absolute natural glow.

SHOP NOW: Ciate London Blush Pop Creme Blush — Darling (Rs 1,600)


5. Rosy Cheeks

This blush is right for rosy cheeks — you know, that just-worked-out kind of glow? It’s a natural coluor that mimics the shade of a real flush for Indian skin.

SHOP NOW: L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Rosy Cheeks (Rs 606)


6. Fushcia

This L’Oréal blush is a mix of bright pinks, with fuschia being the dominant colour. Swipe this on for a night out and make sure your cheekbones stand out!

SHOP NOW: L’Oréal Paris Lucent Magique Blush in Fuschia Flush (Rs 803)


7. Sheen

If you’re looking for a sheen that comes from within, then try Milani’s baked blushes. Milani blushes are a miraculous fit to every skin tone! And if you want to try red, their Red Vino is a good place to start, without being OTT!

SHOP NOW: Milani Baked Blush (Rs 1,283)


8. Orange Blush

Go all out orange with this Makeup Geek Blush Compact in Summer Fling. Orange often looks amazing on Indian skin tones!

SHOP NOW: Makeup Geek Blush Compact in Summer Fling (Rs 1, 150)



NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Silky Rose

9. Blush Like Silk

Dress yourself in a blush that feels and blends as soft as silk. No one will know what it is, but there will be something attention-grabbing about your glow!

SHOP NOW: NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Silky Rose (Rs 500)*
* Available at Sephora stores across India



M.A.C Mineralize Blush in Petal Power

10. Hilighting Blush

M.A.C’s Mineralize blushes blend seamlessly into the skin. They’re exceptionally great for mature skin, since they add bounce and shine back into your cheeks!

SHOP NOW: M.A.C Mineralize Blush in Petal Power*
* Available at M.A.C stores across India

#HauteTip: Cream blushes work better for combination to dry skin, while powder brushes are best for oily skin. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up every now and then. Baked blushes, like the M.A.C and Milani blushes, have a super buttery formula that make it great for both types of skin.


Our beauty writer is also an amazing makeup artist (check out some of her awesome videos on the site!). This skincare enthusiast is also a bonafide globetrotter and boss babe.

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