For a long time, blushes that actually show up on and compliment Women of Color were almost non-existent. I can remember the first time I actually found a Blush that wasn’t ashy and that looked beautiful on me. I was at a MAC Counter in Miami (Dadeland Mall to be exact) and the Artist there introduced me to Format Blush. It was this beautiful Pinky Brown blush with a nice sheen to it. At that moment, I was forever a Blush girl. Unfortunately, at that time, MAC was really the only option besides the occasional blush from Iman Cosmetics or Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Fast forward to the last couple of years. Now, so many brands have a multitude of options for Women of Color. You can find options adorning most major beauty counters. The drugstores are even catching up and offering amazing options. I’ve dug into my blush stash and compiled a list of my top brands and colors. (Not in any particular order).
1. MENTED COSMETICS (MAKE ME BLUSH) $22
(All 4 shades)
This is a newer brand and their blushes just recently launched. I happened to be on their list to try these beauties and they didn’t disappoint. I was so excited to find that their small line of blushes are not only highly pigmented, they also come in 4 skin flattering shades. Definitely a great staple in your everyday makeup routine.
2. NARS TAJ MAHAL BLUSH $30
Shade Description: (Burnished Orange with Gold Shimmer)
This particular formula and color are a cult classic. Its the one blush that I think every woman of color should own. It’s the perfect shade of orange with a bit of micro shimmer. It will flatter from Butter Pecan to Deep Ebony complexions. If I had to use only one Blush for the rest of my life, this would be my choice
Color Specifics: (Warm Honey, Spiced Cinnamon, Sweet Mulberry)
CoverFX nailed it with these GORGEOUS Blush duos. They feature two textures in one compact (Matte & Shimmer). You can use them together by layering the shimmer over the matte or using the shinmer as a highlight on top of cheeks bones. You can also opt to just wear the matte shade alone (if you aren’t into Shimmer). The textures on these are so beautiful. They don’t amplify skin texture irregularities and they last really well on the skin. Although all the colors aren’t suitable for women of color, the last 3 duos are Amazing. Lately, I’ve been grabing Warm Honey everyday.
4. MILANI BAKED BLUSHES $7.99
(All the shades)
These blushes are OG [original] staples. I’ve had atleast one of these in my possession for the last 7 years. I love that they are finely milled and baked and offer a very beautiful shimmer. They are pigmented and come in an array of colors. Though a few are on the lighter scale of color, they happen to work as subtle highlighters on deeper skin tones. These are a must have and are very affordable. But the quality is well beyond it’s budget friendly price.
5. NARS TORRID LIQUID BLUSH $30
(Warm Coral with Gold Shimmer)
This blush offers a new formula to my norm. This liquid Blush goes on with tons of pigment, so be careful. Then it dries down to a long-lasting powdery finish. The staying powder is unbelievable. A little definitely goes a long way. The color Torrid is definitely the color to get.
6. MAC RAIZIN POWDER BLUSH$24
You guys know I could not compile a blush list without including one from MAC Cosmetics. Though there are so many options in the beauty-verse, MAC remains a top competitor in all categories of makeup. The most requested and suggested color at counter (amongst WOC) has remained to be RAIZIN BLUSH. I worked for the brand for years and this Blush just seems to remain on top. It literally looks good on everyone. You’ll also have this for a very long time. It takes a while for you to see pan (even if you use it everyday).
So these are my top picks for blushes for women of color. There are definitely other options out there and mostly every brand has stepped up their variety as it pertains to Women of Color. These just happen to be my faves. Hopefully you’ll check them out and let me know what you think.