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!
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.
PEACH & ORANGE
On 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.
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.
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.