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Reader Query: Blush Recommendations For NC42 (Warm & Medium/Indian) Skintone

Blush Recommendations for NC42 and Indian Skintone


ISLM Recommendations for Blushes that suit Medium (NC42) Skintone

Lydia asks,
Hello Ladies,
I m in love with blushes these days. Can you recommend some for NC42

Blushes transform your look and has the ability to brighten up your face and take your look from a mere 5 to a sizzling 10... I realized their significance a little late in life but since the day I did, I haven't looked back...

For blushes that would suit medium skintones (popularly NC42), would be as follows...
Of course all readers are urged to help me out here and add their favorite NC42 suitable blushes as well :)

1. Maybelline Blush in Apricot Flush (Review HERE)

It is a peachy, rose-gold kind of a shade with tiny golden shimmer... It warms up your complexion and is perfect for wearing at night.

2. Colorbar Blush in Floral Fuchsia (Review HERE)

Now this is one of my favorite powder blushes and has a berry tint in it. It is essentially a matte powder blush with very sparse silver shimmer particles. It is one shade that would suit *all* Indian skintones. I am on my second pan of the blush.

3. Colorbar Blush in Plum Brown (Review HERE)

Another favorite, especially for work. It is a matte neutral shade that gives a healthy and a natural flushed look. It is perfect for NC36 but it can be built up to suit NC 42-45 as well.

4. MAC Fleur Powder 

This is hands-down a favorite blush with all Indian beauties. It is a pink blush with a satin finish and can be worn as an everyday blush.

5. Sleek Blush in Rose Gold

This I think is a dupe for NARS Orgasm and I have been trying to get my hands on this little beauty but it always is out of stock on the Sleek website... It is this Coral shade with a lot of golden shimmer that looks insanely gorgeous on festive occasions!

6. MAC Gingerly

This is another goto blush for a lot of Indian beauties. It is a terracotta-ish shade with Orange undertones and hence adds that warmth to your complexion... It has a matte finish.

7. MAC Ambering Rose

Now this is blush when used right can make you sizzle and if overdone then nothing can save you... But a little practice and you would make this your HG blush. It is a corally-brownish shade with quite a bitter of Golden shimmer... 

8. Lakme Absolute Baked Blushes

Lakme generally makes shades that suit the Indian skintone to the "Tee" and these baked blushes are no different. Pick up any shade and it is guaranteed to suit you :)

9. Illamasqua Morale (Review HERE)

This is another tricky blush that needs a little practice. Just once sweep and you are good to go. Do not try to build it up cause it will not look good... I am talking out of experience :)
Btw it looks like this super bright blue based pink but in reality it is is much more muted when applied. It does have a chunky silver shimmer and hence it can be used as a substitute for highlighting for cheekbones. I use it that way :)

10. Maxfactor Cream Blush in Soft Copper

This is a cream blush that I love... It is a beginners dream cause the blush itself is really sheer and you can go on building it up with looking OTT. It is a copperish shade and just a couple of sweeps gives you a natural glow.

11. Ellis Faas S303 & 304 Cream Blushes (Review HERE)

They are my most favorite blushes in the world in terms of both the shade and the longevity. S303 is a muted yellowish brown while S304 is a full blown terracotta shade. Both are extremely flattering to warm skintones and may not really suit women with cooler undertones.

12. Bourjois Paris Blush in 33 Lilas D'Or (Review HERE)

It is a peachy pink blush with golden shimmer and is versatile for both a day as well as night wear. 

I am sure there are many other blushes in the market that should be mentioned here and so I urge all readers to add their 2 cents as well :)


  1. Guerlain Pink Punk, Chanel Joues Contraste in rouge, Clinique smoldering plum, YSL blush radiance and Chanel le cream blush in fantastic.

  2. wow Sam awesome suggestions! I totally agree with MAC Gingerly, Mocha, Ambering Rose and Lakme Absolute blush in "Day Blushes"...other blushes like Nars Mata Hari, Sin, Amour will also go well with NC42..from MAC try Dainty, Warm Soul, Peaches, Coy Girl and Gentle..from drugstore NYX makes some really good ones - Peaches, Mocha, Desert Rose, Pinched etc

  3. Great Compilation Samyukta...i was also in a lookout for great blushes these days. And I recently bought Tarte Blush IN BLISSFUL and enjoying it.

  4. Loreal true match blush in Rosewood...


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