The Blushes Every Woman of Colour Must Have In Her Collection

Blush is one of those things that just completely transform the face and if you don’t know about blush, then you’re seriously missing out. Women of colour may have a hard time picking foundations but where we excel is in our blush game! Darker women can get away with the most daring of shades and I’m living testimony to that. I’ve tried oranges, plums, purples, pinks and even hot pinks so whether you’ve got skin like Rihanna, M.I.A or Iman, hopefully the this’ll be of help to you ladies!


MAC Sweet as Cocoa

It’s pretty tricky where to place this blush but it’s a bronze with a golden shimmer yet it also has the slightest red undertone. Confusing, yes however, what I do know is that it’s a very flattering blush especially on tanned skin. MAC’s Sweet as Cocoa looks divine on darker skin. Think Nia Long, Taraji P Henson and Alexandra Burke!

MAC Raizin

I first came across Raizin as a 15 year old girl on holiday in Dubai. A really good friend of mine and fellow make-up junkie bought it for me as a present and that’s where my love for all things blush began. My school friends would come to me and we’d all share the blush together and we all looked smokin’ with it on! This brick red/brown blush will make your skin pop. I love this when I’ve got a tan so I’ll be bringing this out once the sun comes out!

Lipstick and lip gloss shades brown blushes look best with are nudes, reds (deep, matte reds especially!)  browns, coppers/bronzes and pink lip colours with a hint of brown to them. 


Illamasqua Libido

In the pan, this this cream blush is bright orange. Very bright. Despite it being so bright, it turns out to be a bright peach.

NARS Exhibit A

Is it a red? Is it an orange? Some people say it’s a deep orange and others say it’s a very bright red but whatever it is, it’s bright indeed but this matte blush looks absolutely beautiful on both fair and darker skins but I think Exhibit A is the reasons that darker women can get away with the bolder blushes!

NARS Taj Mahal

Where Exhibit A is a matte blush, Taj Mahal has a lot of gold shimmer so it’s the ideal blush for creating a golden look.

With Exhibit A, the ideal lip colour would be a red but for Taj Mahal and Libido, you should pretty much use very natural shades as bright colours will clash with the blush. 


NARS Lovejoy

Lovejoy is a bronzy pink that looks superb on lighter skin. I’ve seen it work well on darker toned Indian skin as the deep yellow undertones go so well with the shimmer in the blush.

MAC Dollymix

Looking at the blush, I’m almost 100% certain you’d assume that a blush so bright wouldn’t suit a darker woman but you’re so wrong! In fact, darker women can always get away with brighter blushes as it brightens up the face and complements darker pigment in the skin so Dollymix away ladies!

With the lighter blushes, you can pretty much wear whatever coloured lipstick you wish but if brighter, you should stick to pinks that aren’t too bright.


Bobbi Brown Sheer Colour Cheek Tint in Sheer Raspberry

The great thing about sheer cheek tints is that they double up as lip tints too so you can wear this both on the lips and cheeks. Sheer Raspberry is gel-like yet quite creamy at the same time. For darker skin, it’s best to layer the blush on as it may be too sheer to show up on the skin.

Sleek MakeUP Flushed

Sleek MakeUP is one of those brands that have super cheap blushes yet the quality rivals the brands held in high esteem such as NARS and MAC. Flushed is the most amazing deep raspberry shade with a plum hint that does live up to the name and indeed, creates a flushed look!

I personally love wearing a similar lip colour with a plum/berry blush and I’ll often go for a sheer lip colour.

12 Responses to The Blushes Every Woman of Colour Must Have In Her Collection

  1. This post is going to make me extend my already overflowing blusher collection with at least 3 more additions! I love blush my skin can often look sallow it’s an absolute must for me. X x

    • Hafsa Issa-Salwe

      It’s a must for darker skin because it just leaves the skin looking brighter and more alive!

      Glad to know you’re adding some more but just don’t blame me for the spending!!

  2. Looking at your list I actually own or intend to get at least 75% of these (have you been reading my wishlist???!)

  3. I already own 3 on this list and itching to add more to my collection. I think Illamasqua also do one called Raisin in a cream formula which goes on and stays on like a dream. I’d also add Nars Taos to your list which is rose based colour but quite deep. I use it and I’m medium brown.

  4. Hey, stumbled across your blog, I like it. Seems to be a great resource for women of colour, makeup is harder to find for us :( Keep up the good work!

    • I’m embarrassed to say I don’t own a silgne NARS item! Ack. I know! I would be so tickled to try any of their amazing blushes. I just haven’t because they’re not easy to get where I live. Looking online I think I’d like Luster an apricot’ is something I’ve been wanting to try. Congratulations on your anniversary, your blog is one of my favorites!

  5. oh I am going to buy the sleek’s flushed.. Such a nice post hafsa!

  6. I just ordered the Sleek blush in Flushed…can’t wait until it arrives!

  7. I absolutely love blush!. I have dark chocolate skin and would always had trouble finding blush that would show on my skin. I love orange cheeks and discovered NARS Exhibit A as the perfect orange/red and MAC Raisin as the perfect natural/brown. I have ILLAMASQUA Panic which is a very pigmented red plum/pink; however i only use it for special occasions

  8. I love your blog. I am NC42 in Mac foundation shade so I’m Rihanna complexion and in the summer I can get a shade darker than Beyonce. Anyways, I brought that up to reference some beautiful blush shades for me. I currently own four illamasqua cream blushes I had five but gave my girlfriend a shade that I later found out was discontinued (brazen- beautiful red pink color). My girlfriend is paperback brown and my mother is a deep mahogany shade but we can all wear illamasqua’s cream blush in betray (brown plum rose), seduce ( natural rose), and libido (peachy orange looks great with bronzer). I also have laid but they don’t so I can say it looks nice on women of my coloring. I also have some pretty blush shades from the tarte amazonian clay collection they are blushing bride (natural plum with sparkle), fearless ( hot pink with some shimmer), exposed ( brown pink), buff (peach brown with shimmer) and achiote ( matte coral pink). I think most women of color can wear both blushing bride and fearless. So if and when you get the opportunity please check out the shades and products mentioned. I think both companies invest in the quality of their products.

  9. Aslkm , I know this article is about blush… But what caught my attention was ur trip to Dubai..
    I have been wanting to go ( I live in US) …How is Dubai?

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