What color do you love but find hard to wear on your cheeks?

Really cool-toned shades like silver or icy blue/white I have to be careful about what I pair them with. I also tend to avoid deeper shades like true reds but less about the color and more that I prefer less coverage/intensity usually.

— Christine
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I think peach or coral blushes are so pretty and they look great on almost everyone. Keyword almost. Something about my complexion turns peaches and corals into very unattractive orange shades. Oddly enough, even though I’m ruddy Mac’s casual color in Red Obsessed is my superstar. I apply it with an elf small stipple, fast and easy. Have you tried it? Srsly Christine, it’s magic.

Anything to bright or deep and super pigmented. Red, burnt orange, deep plums. I’m too fair to pull off and it ends up very harsh and garish

For me, it’s warm shades of blush or lipstick. Anything bronze or orang-ey or warm berry or plum just makes my complexion look dirty and tired. I look much better in bright pinks or cool reds or cool corals. ??

As much as I love the berries on my eyes (great for green eyes), any blush that is in that same family takes over the entire look and gives me clown cheeks. I love that ‘bluer’ look on other people and I wish I could make it work, but I have to stay in the pink/rose/cherry family of shades to keep it real.

As I thought about this question I realized that the cheek colors that attract me are the ones I can pull off. The shades that wouldn’t look good on me are ones that hold no interest for me. So it all works out well in the end! 🙂

I would say reds and near-reds. I’ve reduced my rosacea response to just the most minimal flushing — and that only rarely — but almost 30 years of rosacea has left my face permanently more red than the rest of me. I’ve put IPL treatment at the top of my list of things to do for myself to see if I can get back to a more normal appearance, but until then, reds only serve to highlight my problem. I do occasionally wear a red blush when I’m only going to be out and about for a few hours (longer than that and my full-face makeup starts to break down or thin out and average with the tones in my skin). But for now, I avoid emphasizing my tomato-face. I have dreams of someday being bare-faced with just a bit of powder and Aromaleigh’s Kali blush (or something in that range); I’ll get there, it’s just going to take time and treatment.

I think I am naturally drawn to the very colours that also happen to look good on me, so I don’t think there’s really any colour I like that I can’t wear.

1) Blue-based purples. If there’s not a hint of pink, they can drain what little color I have to my face, and I suspect such shades do that to most people. When I do wear them, I have to make sure my highlighter and/or lip color is warmer.

2) Bright fuchsias and reds can be tricky, only because I’m so fair. I have to make sure the formula can be sheered out or applied with a light hand.

My coloring is very fair with neutral undertones; natural hair is medium dark brown dyed magenta/red, and my eyes are hazel/green.

Orange. I’ve found one with Black Up (on sale) and still haven’t tried it, but I’m hoping it will pass as it’s shimmery and may give off a highlighter-blush effect.

Anything that runs too yellow or too icy cool. I guess that’s because my skin is a very neutral tone of olive? But if an orange blush has too strong of a yellow or warm base to it, the yellow tone takes over in a very unflattering, sickly looking way. On the other hand, cool lilac, lavender, and purple can look ridiculous on me because they clash with my coloring and can give me a green-in-the-gills appearance! Oddly enough, yellow based oranges and some cooler purples (except periwinkle) look very good on my eyes! Go figure!

As much as I like light nudie shades I cannot wear them as they do nothing for me. I am very fair, but find that I can apply really bright colors with a very diffused brush and make them work.

Blue-based pinks and purple-y shades. I think they look so cool, but I have to do neutral or warm shades or else I start to look sickly because I’m so pale. I also have more olive-y undertones, so the purples clash in a weird way on my cheeks.

Shimmery orchid. Aagh. So beautiful in the pan – bought it despite knowing it was too cool.
But now I mix it w/ warm pink and it makes the pink more special and glowy, and maybe even intensifies the blue eyes…? That’s what I’m telling myself, and it makes me happy.

Bright anything turns out to clownish, browns, reds especially. Also oranges or too bright peach. Just no! Lol!
As in líos I cannot wear browns unless on a mixed lipstick with pink in fave either it just looks awful on me as mud. On my hazel green eyes brown, bronze do actually look good on me.

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