The Best Drugstore Blush for Your Skin Tone

by Jessi Wilson

The Best Drugstore Blush for Your Skin Tone
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The secret to finding the perfect blush for you is selecting one that enhances your skin’s natural flush. For dewy, fresh-faced beauty, choose a blush that is the same undertone as your skin. How do you know what your skin’s undertones are and what shade of blush is right for you? Read on for answers to these questions, then discover the 15 best drugstore blush options for five different skin tones.


First, check whether you’re warm, cool-toned or neutral. Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they look green, you’re likely warm-toned; if they’re blue or purple, you’re cool. An additional way to verify this is what kinds of jewelry flatter you the most. If you gravitate toward gold jewelry, you’re probably warm-toned; if silver jewelry speaks to you, you’re cool. Stuck in ambiguity and uncertainty? You’re most likely neutral.


For fair/light skin, reach for blush shades in light coral, peach, and pink. Medium skin benefits from blush shades of mauve, deep pink, and darker peach. Finally, dark skin look lovely with berry, fuchsia, and warm brown blushes.


We turned to expert advice from Lori Depp, celebrity makeup artist and president of Serendeppity Lip Gloss. She shared exactly which blushes are most becoming for a range of skin colors and tones.


Keep scrolling for a roundup of affordable blushes that don’t break the bank. Each option is under $15 from Walmart. These blushes cater to your skin’s undertones to add beautiful color to your cheeks.


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Best Drugstore Blush For Light + Cool Tones

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Maybelline Fit Me! Blush in Mauve


Lori Depp says she likes using mauve-ish pink shades for fair skin. Maybelline Fit Me! Blush in Mauve has a subtle but flattering color that’s good for everyday wear. The pinky mauve will give you that healthy looking glow without looking overdone on fair skin.

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L’Oréal True Match Blush in Baby Blossom


Designed with cool undertones in mind, the L’Oréal True Match Blush boasts its ability to create the most natural flush possible. We love the shade Baby Blossom for those with fair skin.

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Revlon Insta-Blush Stick in Rose Gold Kiss


The Revlon Insta-Blush Stick is a different kind of drustore blush product for light skin with blue undertones. Use this cream-to-powder formula on-the-go on the apples of your cheeks for a quick refresh to make your skin look glowing and natural after the midday slump. If you lean toward the fairer side, try the Rose Gold Kiss shade; if you’re in the light camp, you can step up to Candy Kiss; and for dark skin, Nude Kiss looks stunning.

Best Drugstore Blush For Light + Warm Tones

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Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso


For light complexions with warm, yellow undertones, turn to blush shades that will enhance your skin's natural warmth, like the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. This peachy pink product will give your cheeks a natural pop of color. It's also a cult-favorite and known as one of the best drugstore blush formulas out there.

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wet n wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink


We’re in love with the insanely affordable and still crazy good Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush. The pearlescent pink is a subtle shade perfect for enhancing warm skin tones without going overboard for lighter skin. Just ask Julianne Hough, who is hooked on this budget-friendly blush.

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Revlon Powder Blush in Melon Drama


Similar to the apricot color, this natural-looking drugstore blush is a coral shade that enhances warm skin tones. Revlon Powder Blush in Melon Drama is a hidden gem that will leave your skin looking as if you just stepped off the beach even in the dead of winter.

Best Drugstore Blush For Neutral Tones

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NYX High Definition Blush in Mauve N Out


If you have trouble determining if your veins are purple-blue or green, you're likely a neutral skintone. Lucky you! Neutral skin tones can pull off either pink or coral blush shades, but we love the NYX High Definition Blush in Mauve N Out if you're looking for a luminizing shade that lies somewhere in the middle. This NYX blush combines blush, bronzer, and illuminator in one, so it's a potent drugstore blush you can layer for more definition or give a light sweep for everyday wear that gives you a beachy glow.

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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose


The Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose is another one of our favorites for neutral skin tones. This product not only gives skin a pop of color, but it's also super blendable, and come on now, how adorable is the packaging?

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Physicians Formula Happy Booster Happy Glow Multi-Colored Blush in Natural


Coral, mauve, and bronze shades all in one palette? Yes, please! The Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural creates an allover radiance great for neutral skin tones. And how could you not get a mood boost just looking at this heart-filled blush?

Best Drugstore Blush for Deep + Cool Tones

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L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Berry


For deep skin with cool undertones, we recommend enhancing your complexion by opting for cool, berry-colored blush shades. The L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush is a favorite liquid blush, pigmented enough to add a pop of color enough to complement your tone. Bonus! It also works to smooth your skin while you're rocking it.

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L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Spiced Plum


Each shade of L'Oréal True Match Blush is tailored so you can choose a color made for warm or cool tones. For deeper, cool tones, we recommend the Spiced Plum, a rich berry shade that is specifically designed to give the most natural-looking flush on your cheeks.

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Baked Blush in First Class


This vibrant raspberry shade is easy to layer and looks amazing against deep skin tones. At $8, the price is amazing for such a great value.

Best Drugstore Blush For Deep + Warm Tones

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e.l.f. Blush Palette in Dark


For deep complexions, Depp recommends a brownish pink shade of blush. The e.l.f. Powder Blush Palette in Dark has four different shades in various well-pigmented pinks and browns that can be blended and applied to perfectly bring out the natural warmth of your skin.

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NYX Professional Makeup Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic


This super-cool NYX ombre blush helps to layer color to get to the shade you're looking for. For deep, warm skin tones we're hooked on the sunset-looking Strictly Chic, filled with rich pigment.

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Covergirl Cheekers Blendable Powder Blush in Rock N Rose


To add depth to darker skin tones, Depp says a pinkish copper shade of blush with a hint of bronzer, like the CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Rock N Rose, should be your go-to.