I used to be scared of blush. I loved when makeup artists used it on me, but whenever I tried to use it on myself I would freak myself out. There definitely is such a thing as too much blush, and when you see it, it’s undeniable. Growing up around Aunty
(name redacted) laid the foundation for my fear. She wore her blush in two thick stripes like war paint. It took a little bravery and a lot of trial and error to figure out how to use blush and bronzer, but once I did there was no looking back. Now my look feels incomplete if I’m not wearing a beautiful blush on my cheeks and bronzer in a 3 formation like Sam Fine taught us all.
I love a peachy pinky gold blush on myself most of all, and I’m learning to work with bolder blushes and deeper bronzers. For an ultimate guide to which blushes would best compliment brown skin and dark skin tones, I reached out to my MAC insider and go-to Los Angeles makeup artist Nicole Evans (@NicoleEvansMUA). She did such a great job with the 25 Best MAC Lipsticks for Women of Color, I had to ask for her top picks for blushes for her kit, and for every woman of color who wants beautiful blush on the apples of her cheeks. These are her best blush selections for dark skin tones, from brands like MAC and NARS. Take it away, Nicole!
I love blushes! They bring so much expression to any makeup look. The following is a shortlist of blushes/cheek colors that I highly recommend for dark skin. But trust me, there are many more that I love! In no particular order:
MAC Motif (eyeshadow, doubles as a beautiful blush)
MAC Pink Bronze Pigment
10 is such a hard number to stop at…here are a few more that I couldn’t not let you know about:
MAC Hot Paprika (longwear eyeshadow doubles as a gorgeous dimensional blush!)
Don’t forget the PRO colors!
Then there’s NARS Exhibit A
…I’ll stop there, but I know I could list more. Enjoy!