I've been asked a lot recently to give advice on choosing the proper blush. It's actually simpler than you think and all you really need to do is take a look in the mirror.
For blush it is important to stick within two shades of your skin tone. Play with the natural undertones of your skin to bring out a more natural blush to your cheeks. If you're not sure what I mean by undertone, here's a quick breakdown: The five main colours of the skin are: White, Yellow, Red, Brown. Everyone has a mixture of these colours in their skin, however some skin tones carry none, like ebony has no white pigment, and ivory has no brown. I'm not trying to sound risque by saying this, it's just the truth!
If you're like the lovely Christina Hedricks, you've got ivory skin with pink undertones, and anything darker than cotton candy might be a tad too harsh for your colouring. Stick with corals, terracottas and rose tones. Keep it light!
Here's Kate Middleton. I honestly think she's really one of the loveliest people in the limelight right now, and I wish I knew how the hell she handled stress so well! Her skin tone is pretty neutral, although you can see from her sister and her parents that they either tan really well under the English sun, or they're naturally golden. In this skin range (light to neutral to golden) you do have many options depending on the time of day/year and what event you're attending. Stick with the same tones as the Ivories, but incorporate some berry or lavender-pinks.
For all those beautiful golden/copper toned women out there... we all envy you! Almost anything will look nice on you. Depending on your level of tan, you could really wear anything from light pink to dark mauve and it will look fantastic. My personal favourite for your skin type is the terracotta, deep rose, and pinky-taupe.
I hope you've noticed that all these looks are beyond subtle! Blush is one area where less is definitely more. You can go from healthy to looking like a clown with that extra stroke so be careful! And don't be afraid to mix this with or substitute with a great bronzer ;)