Blush for Brown Girls

I used to be one of those girls who thought that blush wasn’t for brown girls. I’ve seen some women wear it and thought it looked great, while some others looked like clowns. So I just didn’t think that blush was for me. Then one day, I went to the MAC counter at Nordstrom’s and asked for a makeup application. I told them I had a small collection of makeup but I was not experienced with application and technique. They were all too familiar with my situation and with every product, provided a description and explained how to apply it. When it came time to apply the blush, I explained my reservations. And, what do you know? I was pleasantly surprised! I liked most how the blush gave this warm glow to my face. It was awesome! To this day, I continue to blush my life away, lol.

When deciding cream vs. powder: rule of thumb is normal skin tones can use both powder and cream but those with oily skin should stick with powder. With the wide variety of complexions we women have, it’s important to have an idea of what shade will look best on you. You would not pick a lipstick that does not compliment your skin tone so the same goes for your blush. So, if you’re not familiar with blush and want to try something new, below is a brief guide on how to select complimentary colors and some personal picks from my collection!

Light Complexion:

  • Coral
  • Light pink
  • Light bronze

Medium Complexion

  • Peach
  • Bronze
  • Pink (light-med)
  • Light red

Dark Complexion

  • Bronze
  • Red
  • Pink/Fuchsia
  • Plum



MAC – Sweet as Cocoa – $15 –


Elf Cosmetics – Pink Passion $3 –


NYX – Gleam Liquid Illuminator $7 –


Maybelline – Coffee Cake $8 –


Bobbi Brown – Think Pink $26 –



Hard Candy– Hula Hula Bronzer – $9 –

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