Black Women and Orange Blush?

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 06/08/2015 | 02:32 PM EDT

Oh yes, sisters we can rock orange blush...

Newsflash: Black women should be rocking orange blush. And here’s why...

Black women wear orange blush well. But, many of us don’t wear it at all. For the most part, it’s out of fear and hesitancy. For others, we just don’t pay attention to the orange blush we see at Sephora and various department stores.

But we should.

Orange blush is a key trick to warm up your skin. Whether your complexion fairs light, medium brown to dark brown, the right shade of orange blush adds warmth and a natural glow. Makeup artists have used this hue as a trick for Black celebrities, helping them obtain that “flushed, ‘I just got back from a lovely vacation’ look”.

With summer here and in full effect, I want to offer you a full list of orange blushes that you, too, can choose from to find your perfect summer glow.

Do you need a bit of inspiration? Take a look at the celeb photos below to get an idea of how orange blush will look against your complexion. 

Lighter Complexions: Beyonce 

Recommended blushes:

1. Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Coral Sheen, $10 (

2. Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro, $8.49 (Local drugstores) 

Medium Brown Complexions: Kerry Washington

Recommended blushes:

1. NYX Cream Blush in Orange, $6.99 (

2. Bobbi Brown Blush in Bright Red Orange, $27.00 (

Dark brown skin: Lupita Nyong’o, Camile Winbush

Recommended blushes:

1. NARS Blush in Exhibit A, $30 (

2. blackUp Color Splash! Blush in NB107, $25.50 (

3. MAC Casual Color Creamy All-in-One in Out for Fun, $22( 

(Photos from top: Coastal Scents, Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ, Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PCA, Edward Le Poulin/Corbis)

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