This year we have seen social media bring back the blush! From contouring to lifting and brightening the complexion, the right blush has the power to transform your look, giving you that healthy looking pinch of colour, adding radiance and youth. However, just like any other base product, it's important to pick the right shade of blush for your skin type that both compliments your undertones and stands out against your natural shade without looking unnatural.
On darker skin tones, lighter shades such as light pinks and nude colours can often look ashy on the skin; for a natural looking, warm flush of colour, opt for a bright shade that will pop against your skin tone such as a berry red or bright orange hue. With brighter blush shades, less is definitely more. Avoid too much intensity and achieve that authentic finish by starting off with a small amount and building your colour up until you have a subtle, healthy glow.
The best blushes for dark skin tones
1.NARS Orgasm On The Beach Cheek PaletteCan't pick just the one shade? The NEW NARS Orgasm On The Beach Cheek Palette contains six stunning shades from a shimmering peach to a rich bronze to create the ultimate sun-kissed look. The ultra-fine and highly-pigmented powder delivers high impact colour with a small amount and is buildable for the level of intensity you need for your skin tone.
2.NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint in ShowgirlThe NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint in Showgirl is a bright, berry red liquid formula that really adds colour to your cheeks. The vibrant blush soothes easily into the complexion, offering a more natural finish at the right intensity for you. The applicator makes it easy to add a small amount of the product at a time, building up until you achieve your perfect rosy glow.
3.Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Blush in 10 TangerineInfused with rich pigments and pearls, the Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Blush adds a subtle shimmer to your complexion and can be used on both the cheeks and lips. The 10 Tangerine shade is a bright, peachy shade, perfect for the summertime, that will really complement darker skin tones. The formula feels lightweight on the skin and doesn't create any cakey build up.
4.Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in DivineThis award winning blush is a game changer for creating the most natural looking flush of colour. The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher is an oil-free, liquid formula sinks into the skin seamlessly to leave you with a natural finish. The Divine blush is a rich plummy shade that creates a warm glow on the skin, ideal for a girls night or date night, evening look.
5.Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in Blush Sayoko 06The Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush in Blush is an air-whipped, lightweight, creamy formula that sinks into the skin to leave a long lasting and breathable touch of colour using AirFusion technology. The innovative blush also contains film-forming resins that help the blush to stay in place for up to 8 hours without looking cakey or unnatural. The Sayoko 06 shade is a warm, cherry red that blends into darker skin tones perfectly, enhancing your natural complexion.
6.Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick in RevelThe Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick is a luxurious cream-to-powder formula in an easy to apply stick that blends into the skin, both adding colour and nourishment. The triangular tip allows precise application, ideal for using your blush to contour and sculpt. The Revel shade is a bright and bold red, that when blended in provides a youthful looking rosy, luminous look.
7.NARS Cosmetics Blush in Exhibit AAn cult favourite, the NARS Cosmetics Blush is definitely on our list for any skin tone. The award-winning formula delivers an effortlessly natural finish using micronised powder. Bright and intense, Exhibit A instantly creates a flushed look on the complexion, making it look fuller and healthier. The powder sweeps over the skin, blending in subtly for a professional finish.
8.Rimmel Maxi Blusher in Wild CardUltra-light and highly-pigmented, the Rimmel Maxi Blusher in Wild Card is a high-quality but affordable blush that comes in an array of shades. The Wild Card blush is a dark coral colour that compliments darker skin tones perfectly. The super-fine formula washes over the cheeks to give a long-lasting tint to the skin.
9.Illamasqua Powder Blusher in HussyA mix of peachy and orangey tones, the Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy gives a bright boost of energetic colour to the complexion. Working to enhance and illuminate, the powder can be used dry or, for a more intense colour payoff, wet your brush before applying.
10.benefit ChaCha Tint Mango Tinted Lip & Cheek StainWhen it comes to blush, the benefit Lip & Cheek Stain have to be on the list. The benefit ChaCha Tint Mango Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain is a buildable, lightweight formula in a warm, tropical coral that gives a sheer coat of pigment. The multi-purpose blush can be used on both the lips and cheeks for a natural, even colour palette, enhancing the complexion no matter what your skin shade is.