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5 Blushes That Look Gorgeous on Dark Skin

• Dec 10, 2015

Dark skinned women of color often scoff at the idea of wearing blush. When we think of blush many of us conjure up images of bright pinks and reds which don’t exactly jive with our natural color palette. However, there are many blushes that work well with our complexion. Here are a few of our top picks:

Nars Exhibit A

This is a gorgeous reddish-orange that provides the perfect amount of warmth to the to the cheeks.

Black Radiance Raspberry


This is the perfect berry red blush. It only cost about $5 at your local drugstores, but don’t let the price tag fool you. It packs a mean punch so you only need a little bit to go a long way.

Nars Taj Mahal

This is a fan favorite. This burnt-orange shade suits women of color of all skin tones.


This is actually a bronzer, but it’s deep and warm enough to double as blush. This color is frequently sold out at drugstores so it you can get your hands on one locally, grab two just in case!

Mac Cosmetics Sketch.


In early 2015, Mac released this blush version of their ever-popular eyeshadow and it is THE Perfect brown-girl-friendly shade. It’s a deep plum shade that can double as a contouring powder.

For more dark-skin friendly blush options check out this video:

What are some of your favorite blushes? Sound off below!

About Lisa Jean Francois

I'm a Lipstick-obsessed Journalist and Fashion Blogger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube channel swatching lippies and strutting around in 5-inch heels. I'm a also a brand coach, specializing in video marketing and digital brand development. Find me @lisaalamode.

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6 years ago

I’m sorry, but make-up caked up like theirs is so gross close-up.

6 years ago
Reply to  Mrs0507

Their aim is to do full face, professional makeup looks that you usually see people wear on special occasions or when they get dressed up. It’s just a way for the gurus to show off their makeup application skills. It’s not like it’s meant to be an everyday look. I don’t agree the closeups are gross, maybe you aren’t used to it.

6 years ago
Reply to  Miss.

It just looks overdone. I see this everyday lol. My best friend does her make-up this way. Almost ALL women (except those who can’t afford or care to wear make-up) look the same with the cake on. I’m just a woman who sees true beauty with just a TAD bit of make-up. Just lipstick, cleaned up eyebrows, and clear skin. That’s amazing to me (: to each their own, yes?

6 years ago

I still don’t like it. It’s too heavy. But, to each her own

Rachel. O
Rachel. O
6 years ago

Black radiance blush in toasted almond is also a great one

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