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The Best Blushes for Deep Skin Tones

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 29, 2021
The Best Blushes for Deep Skin Tones

Get ready to radiate with the best blush for your complexion

Blush is a holy grail makeup product that completes nearly any look. However, it’s also one of the most difficult techniques to master. It’s not easy to find the right blush shade that matches your skin tone without making you look too orange, or barely showing up at all - and don’t even get us started on the annoying formulas that flake and streak. But the best blushes can sculpt and completely transform your face, especially those made for deeper skin tones. It’s not just foundation shades that have become more diverse in recent years, but also blush colors. A simple pop of berry, red, peach, or burnt orange can take you from “blah” to “babe” in an instant, and create that healthy glow that looks luminous on your deeper skin - not ashy. As you prepare to keep up with all the 2021 makeup trends, these are the best blushes for deeper skin on MIRA BEAUTY that you need to try.

Powder Blush in Exhibit A by NARS, $30

Powder Blush in Exhibit A by NARS
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Sure, this bright red shade by NARS looks a bit overwhelming at first glance, but just wait until you see it on your deeper skin. "The blush may look shocking in the pan, but once you apply, it gives you the softest hint like you came in from the cold," says Sir John, the longtime celebrity makeup artist in Beyonce’s beauty routine. He told Allure all about the best blushes for deeper skin tones, including Exhibit A. It’s mega-pigmented to ensure that it looks incredible, not ashy, on your melanin rich skin - and blends out to a sun-baked masterpiece for all seasons. While those with deeper skin tones are often aiming for an “in from the cold” healthy flush with their blush shades, there’s nothing wrong with “back from the beach,” either. And you’ll be sultry and sunkissed with this bright red blush by NARS. 97% of MIRA guests say that it’s blendable, long-lasting, and does not have fallout!

The Saharan Blush Palette Volume II by Juvia’s Place, $18

The Saharan Blush Palette Volume II by Juvia’s Place
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Just like you match your eyeshadow to your mood, you can do it with your blush too. Bright red and fiery blush on the days that you’re feeling ultra-hot, and peachy colors to match your Valentine’s Day makeup. Yes, please. And you can do all of the above with this blush palette by Juvia’s Place. It features six shades to sculpt, blend, and glow up your complexion with radiant colors - ranging from soft pink and peach to sparkling bronze and red-purple. Each and every shade looks dazzling on your deeper complexion, and you can wear the colors either alone or mixed together to make your looks seriously pop. Juvia’s Place has the most bright and beautiful eyeshadows that work for all complexions, and they look even better with a few swipes of this versatile blush palette. 100% of MIRA guests say that these shades are pigmented and blendable!

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

Color Stick in Purple by Make Up For Ever
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When searching for the best blush for deeper skin tones, it’s always a good idea to play with color. Magenta, red, and especially purple! Color Stick in Purple by Make Up For Ever 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 in every season, and looks even better when paired with a grungy, violet smokey eye or purple lipstick that gives a colorful edge to your makeup looks for deeper skin.

Fresh Glow in Staycation by The Lip Bar, $22

Fresh Glow in Staycation by The Lip Bar
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The Lip Bar is one of the best Black-owned vegan beauty brands that was born out of passion, resilience, and inclusivity. After the idea for her makeup brand was rejected by Shark Tank in 2015, founder Melissa Butler began mixing lipsticks in her kitchen to create unique shades that challenged the media’s “typical” concept of beauty. The result? Dozens of lipsticks, foundations, and eyeshadows that fit all types of complexions. And the Fresh Glow blush and bronzer duo in Staycation brings all the best colors for deeper skin tones. The burgundy blush adds a touch of radiance with every sweep on your cheekbones, while the ebony bronzer sculpts your features and may be used to contour your nose, cheeks, or jawline. The stacked compact is super easy to use and convenient for your makeup collection, and you can give your deep skin a major glow up with these face makeup products.

Multi-Stick in A Fine Romance by ILIA, $34

Multi-Stick in A Fine Romance by ILIA
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You haven’t really revamped your makeup routine until you’ve tried ILIA, one of the top indie beauty brands that you need to try in 2021. And the Multi-Stick in A Fine Romance is one of the best blush shades for deep skin. This creamy formula blends seamlessly into the cheeks and lips to distribute the ideal amount of natural color - producing a monochromatic makeup look that’s runway-ready. And it doesn’t hurt that this stick is formulated with Avocado Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter to deeply moisturize the skin while giving you a healthy glow. The best color for deeper skin tones? A Fine Romance. ILIA describes it as “a bright berry that pops on deeper skin tones,” and that doesn’t even do this hue justice. You can build up the color to match a multitude of deeper skin tones, and watch as it melts into the skin for a radiant and eye-catching finish. You’ll never have to worry about looking ashy, or the color not showing up properly on your cheeks, as ILIA has made one of the best cream blushes for your deep and dazzling complexion. It's also one of the best multi-use products for lips and cheeks!

Cheek Pop in Black Honey by Clinique, $26

Cheek Pop in Black Honey by Clinique
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“This blush is smooth, pigmented & lasts all day. They have beautiful shades as well, definitely recommend.” If the gorgeous flower design wasn’t enough to make you buy the Cheek Pop blush by Clinique, you should also know that the shade Black Honey is the ideal blush for your deep skin. It’s a poppin’ purple hue that melts right into your skin, blending out flawlessly and leaving a virtually powderless finish. You want to create a lit-from-within glow and make your blush color look as natural as possible, rather than just powder sitting on top of the cheeks - and you’ll do that and more with Cheek Pop. If you’re looking for other shades to flatter your deep skin, try Pink Honey or Heather Pop! 100% of MIRA guests say that this Clinique blush is creamy, long-lasting, and smooth.

Subtil All-In-One Contour, Blush & Highlighter Palette in Rum Raisin by Lancôme, $43

Subtil All-In-One Contour, Blush & Highlighter Palette in Rum Raisin by Lancôme,
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"To get pink that translates on darker skin, I always go for deeper berries or a plum applied with a lighter touch," celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose told Allure. He uses the Subtil All-In-One Contour, Blush & Highlighter Palette by Lancôme on Lupita Nyong'o's melanin-rich skin when he needs her look to pop on the red carpet - and you can get the same A-list radiance with these shades. Rum Raisin is a pocket-sized palette with one warm bronzer, a golden highlighter, and a peachy-plum blush that really pops on your deeper complexion. It’s an entire makeup look in one sweet set, which blends out like a dream on your skin to enhance your deep skin. Lupita is a Lancôme ambassador, along with Zendaya and countless other celebrity women of color, and you can always count on this iconic beauty brand (and this blush!) to intensify your look.

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. 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? Berried Away! Burgundy and Berry are two key blush colors for deeper skin, and you’ll get a beautiful blend of both with this blush. Blend out with a fluffy brush on your forehead, jawline, and cheeks to take your makeup looks to the next level.

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Grateful by Rare Beauty, $20

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Grateful by Rare Beauty
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When Selena Gomez’s new makeup line, Rare Beauty, launched in September 2020… we fell in love with every product. Including the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush that’s available in 8 shades in both matte and dewy finishes - ideal for all skin tones and types. This liquid blush has a doe foot applicator, used to simply place a couple dots of blush on each cheek, before seamlessly blending in with your fingers or a beauty sponge. The soft and natural flush of color adds dimension to any look, and you can even reach a subtle “lit from within” radiance by applying the blush before your foundation. Grateful is a dewy true red that’s simply dreamy on deep skin, as evidenced by beauty influencer Nyma Tang’s YouTube review. Said this blush was “pigmented, so pigmented” on her deep complexion, and the beauty vlogger gave Soft Pinch major kudos for blending out like a dream over her face makeup without lifting any foundation in the process, a struggle that any cream or liquid blush lover knows all too well.  

Find the best blush for deeper skin tones on MIRA.