The sad truth about the world of makeup products is that sometimes women of colour are slighted. Take a walk through the aisles of most drugstores or large beauty supplies, and it’s clear that there aren’t nearly enough shades of foundation, powder, or BB creams to match a dark skin tone. Another product that just doesn’t measure up? Blush. Many powder blushes can end up disappearing on dark skin, thus not playing up a “natural flush”. The good news? There’s a great hack for gorgeous, bright cheeks on dark skin, and it’s called (drumroll…) lipstick! The trick is to apply using the pads of your fingers or lightly dab straight from the tube onto your cheeks and blend out with a makeup sponge. Lipstick's creamy consistency and high colour payoff makes for a highly pigmented “blush” that’ll send powder compacts packing. Scroll through for some of the best lipsticks that double as blushes!
Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream ($22) in Juicy Melons
Coral on a warm, deep skin tone is a match made in heaven. This creamy lip color is infused with hydrating white lotus flower extract to give your cheeks a pretty sheen (nothing matte and flat to see here!).
Revlon Super Lustrous Cream Lipstick ($8) in Fire and Ice
For dark skin tones on the lighter end of the spectrum, dab this lipstick onto cheeks with your middle and ring fingers and lightly blend into your skin. For darker tones, you can be a bit heavier-handed for a more intense rosy-red flush.
Nyx Butter Lipstick ($6) in Razzle
Sometimes we want a real pop of color, and this hot pink hue delivers just that. Nyx Butter Lipsticks are the perfect blush hybrid and deliver smooth, highly pigmented color.
Bliss Lock and Key Long Wear Lipstick ($22) in New Orchid on the Block
Need a color that’ll last all day and defy the elements? This gorgeous soft-pink hue stays put after application until you’re ready to take it off at the end of the day.
Not sure what shade to choose? We've got the scoop on the best shade of blush for your complexion.
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