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The Best Blush Shades To Try For Fall

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 18, 2020
The Best Blush Shades To Try For Fall

Fall in love with these autumnal shades for all skin tones.

There’s nothing like a swipe of blush to complete your makeup look. From a simple pop of coral on the apples of your cheeks to runway-ready sculpted blush that hugs and contours your features, this beloved beauty product creates a lit-from-within glow and natural radiance no matter what makeup look you’re going for.

Which is especially helpful in the fall - when you can’t decide between vampy lipstick and black boots on overcast days and simple pink blush that matches your neutral eyeshadow on Thanksgiving. Fall makeup is extremely versatile, and much like the leaves that fall from the trees, lets you show your true colors with an assortment of sweet blush shades. But picking the wrong color can be disastrous, and you need a cream blush or powder that adds substance to your fall makeup looks - without making you look like a clown that’s way too early for Halloween.

Fall makeup can be a lot of fun, and you’ll be looking radiant this season with the best blushes for autumn.

Fair Skin

Cheek to Chic Blush in Love is the Drug by Charlotte Tilbury, $29

Cheek to Chic Blush in Love is the Drug by Charlotte Tilbury
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Most people with fair skin understand the blush struggle. Darker shades can look overpowering or muddy on your face, while colors that are too light won’t even show up on camera in your Zoom classes. A common theme for fall 2020. But peaches and pinks never go out of style for lighter skin tones, as these hues enhance your natural rosy radiance, and make a grand addition to your fall makeup routine. Cheek to Chic in the shade Love is the Drug has both of these colors, as this compact features a two-toned blush design for buildable, beautiful coverage. The outer shade is a softer pink that you can sweep across your cheekbones for structure, before using the peachy color in the center of the compact to highlight the apples of your cheeks for a customized, fair skin-worthy glow. Or just use each one however you’d like to fit your favorite fall makeup looks! Peachy, sculpted blush works beautifully with vampy lips, while a swipe of pink brings out your soft side for family reunions this autumn. Each blush compact features color-rich pigments and Light Flex Technology, capturing and re-emitting light to enhance your luminosity on overcast autumn days.

Gen Nude Powder Blush in Call My Blush by bareMinerals, $24

Gen Nude Powder Blush in Call My Blush by bareMinerals
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“I purchased ‘Call My Blush.’ It is a beautiful colour on my fair skin (I always use the lightest foundation shades). You don't need a lot of product because it's surprisingly very pigmented, blends beautifully, and lasts all day.” Blendability is everything when it comes to blush, especially on fair skin tones when streaks and patchiness are infinitely more obvious. That’s why you need a mineral-rich formula like the Gen Nude Power Blush - which MIRA guests say is long lasting, pigmented, and blends out flawlessly for your most exquisite fall makeup looks. Call My Blush is a sweet mauve that looks radiant on fair skin - whether it’s swept across the apples of the cheeks, along the jawline, or blended into the cheekbones for a trendy, blushed contour. And Gen Nude even has a Blurring Mineral Complex for a brightening, soft-focus effect!

Medium Skin

Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove by Milani, $10

Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove by Milani
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Many people fall into the “medium skin” category - with a neutral, beige appearance that’s neither light nor deep. Those with this skin type often change tones throughout the year, and will likely be a bit more fair during the fall season. Not to mention the fact that we’ve been inside for most of 2020. Pink blush is always the answer, but you need the right shade to help you glow from home this season. If you have medium skin with warm undertones, try a nice coral blush… like the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove! This hue adds warmth to your complexion even on the coldest days, helping you look “lit from within” rather than washed out - and the top MIRA ratings for pigmentation and blendability show that it’s easy to apply. No fallout or streaks in sight. And then we could talk about the gorgeous rose design, which feels petal-soft on your skin and resembles a luxury makeup product that costs way more than $10. Build up this coral blush that our community agrees is long lasting, blendable, and beautiful on medium skin!

Powder Blush in Orgasm by NARS, $30

Powder Blush in Orgasm by NARS
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It’s a cult favorite for a reason! This NARS blush is beloved by all skin tones and types - but your medium skin will love the way Orgasm lights up your look this autumn. Why? Because it features every color you need to fit your fall mood. The gold and peachy pink keep skin looking luminous when you have a leftover tan from summer, but also provide the sweet radiance you need when you’re a little more pale than usual. Which many of us are… because again, 2020. Since this shade is so versatile, it has a place in all your fall makeup looks - from the classics like burgundy lips and metallic eyes to more subtle trends like neutral eyeshadow and the golden inner corner shimmer. 98% of our MIRA guests say that this blush is pigmented, long lasting, and blendable… and you’ll still be using Orgasm long after fall is over.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride by tarte, $29

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride by tarte
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Even with one of the most common skin tones, it’s not always easy to find the best blush shade for fall. But there are a few tips from beauty experts and celebrity makeup artists that you can follow. The first is to try and recreate the healthy, flushed look you get after a facial or really good workout. You can also choose your blush color after observing the natural shade of your lips after you bite them, when all the blood flows to this area. While there’s no one universal shade that meets this criteria for all… the Amazonian Clay blush in Blushing Bride has to come pretty close. It’s a rosy pink that’s sweet and subtle, yet always makes a statement with your fall makeup looks. You can wear it with your favorite witchy outfits on virtual Halloween, or for simple beauty at work. And you’ll also know that your skin is being cared for with tarte’s list of Skinvigorating ingredients! Mineral pigments soothe and soften the skin while Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection - exactly what you need to look sweeter than Halloween candy and beat the drying and dulling effects of fall weather.

Olive Skin

Fit Me Blush in Berry, Maybelline, $6

Fit Me Blush in Berry by Maybelline
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Between all the sultry gold and burnt rose blushes that were made for your gorgeous skin tone, you can still never go wrong with a pink blush. And we don’t mean Barbie or pastel pinks, as those often don’t fully enhance the warm tones in your complexion. Instead, try a soft berry hue like the Fit Me Blush in Berry - giving you a sunkissed glow for fall even if you haven’t stepped foot on a beach. Besides the brilliant color that helps you radiate from within and brings summer vibes into the fall season, this drugstore blush also blends effortlessly into the skin and provides long-lasting, ultra-pigmented color. Just what you need for a swipe of confidence (and berry) this fall season!

GALifornia Box O' Powder Blush by Benefit, $30

GALifornia Box O' Powder Blush by Benefit
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Olive skin is all about warmth. More specifically, amplifying the warmer tones in your skin even when it’s chilly outside... without washing yourself out with pale or cool-toned blushes. The answer? GALifornia by Benefit, a shimmery gold and peach powder that you can use to create a custom glow. Sweep the peach on your cheekbones and top it off with a hint of gold on the apples of your cheeks, or glow all out with pure gold one day and peach when you’re feeling sweet. The options are endless this autumn season. And since this blush is inspired by sunny California, the colors are designed to bring out your olive skin and create beachy vibes that make you glow year-round. The pink grapefruit and vanilla scent is an added bonus, and this blush pairs perfectly with the cult favorite Hoola Matte Bronzer to give your face major definition.

Deep Skin

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Summertime Wine by Fenty Beauty, $20

Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Summertime Wine by Fenty Beauty
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It may be called “Summertime Wine,” but this shade is all about fall. The soft berry has a touch of shimmer to match your wine-stained lips this season, as autumn is all about fall lipsticks in Bordeaux, Merlot, and Vino. In true Fenty fashion, each shade of Cheeks Out is ultra-inclusive and looks radiant on all skin tones - but it’s especially stunning on deeper skin. The best blush for your complexion is one that creates a warm, natural-looking finish that looks like you just stepped in from the cold… which you probably did, because it’s fall! And Summertime Wine creates a healthy, natural flush of color that doesn’t just look like powder sitting on top of your cheeks, but works with your undertones to enhance your inner glow. RiRi has never done us wrong, and you’ll be beautiful in blush all season with this Rihanna-approved fall makeup staple.

Blush in Berried Away by Mented Cosmetics, $22

Blush in Berried Away by Mented Cosmetics
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Mented Cosmetics is an inclusive, Black-founded beauty brand made specifically for women of color. While it started as a quest to find the ideal nude lipstick for deeper skin tones, it’s expanded into an upscale makeup brand that includes foundation, eyeshadow, and you guessed it… blush! As women of color, Mented Cosmetics founders KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson understand the struggle of finding the best blush for their skin tones, and not just in the fall. That’s why the Blush by Mented is blendable, buildable, and perfectly pig(Mented) to look gorgeous on deeper skin. Infused with Vitamin E to nourish, you can sculpt and define your features with four elegant shades. Our favorite for fall makeup? Berried Away! Burgundy and Berry are two key terms when searching for fall makeup shades, and you’ll get a beautiful blend of both with this autumn blush. Blend out with a fluffy brush on your forehead, jawline, and cheeks to take your fall makeup looks to the next level.

Color Stick in Purple by Make Up For Ever, $26

Color Stick by Make Up For Ever
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When searching for an autumn blush for deeper skin tones, it’s always a good idea to play with color. Magenta, red, and especially purple! Color Stick in Purple is recommended for deeper skin by Daniel Martin, the Tatcha executive and celebrity makeup artist who did Meghan Markle’s wedding makeup. "I can manipulate the payoff and mix the product to be bright or subtle," he told Allure. “It’s gorgeous on deep dark skin, especially in the fall.” That it is! This creamy stick blends flawlessly into the skin with your finger or favorite makeup brush, producing a radiant and even glow without the risk of powder streaks. The purple will truly stand out on your cheeks this season, and looks even better when paired with a grungy, violet smokey eye or purple lipstick that gives a colorful edge to your fall makeup looks.

Find all the best blushes for fall on MIRA.