A new hair color can affect your skin tone, which means your old blush might not be as flattering as it used to be. Here, the shades that best complement your hair hue!
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Best for light hair
To keep skin from appearing dull and washed-out when switching to a lighter blond or silver strand shade, give cheeks a rosy tint with a light pastel pink. Tip: A pink two shades brighter than skin will yield a youthful dewy pop without looking garish.
FIRST pick: Palladio I’m Blushing 2-in-1 Cheek and Lip Tint in Daisy ($7.80, Amazon)
Best for red hair
A bolder hair hue can take center stage, so to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm skin, swipe on a brick-red stain. The soft color will enhance red locks instead of competing against them. Plus, a light swirl on the cheeks (at least one shade darker than skin) imparts a sun-kissed glow.
FIRST pick: NYX Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Brick Red Blaze ($8, NYX Cosmetics)
Best for dark hair
Darker hair shades can leave skin looking pale by comparison. Wake up the complexion with a pretty, berry flush — the pink undertones will add warmth that balances beautifully with hair. Opt for one that’s two shades rosier than your natural skin tone.
FIRST pick: e.l.f. Cosmetics Monochromatic Multi Stick in Luminous Berry ($2.80, e.l.f. Cosmetics)
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