Brown and Blushin’ Series: Types of Blushes

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Welcome to another post of the Brown & Blushin’ series. I am excited to see many of you involved in sending me your pictures, requests and proclaiming your love for all things blush! Remember, you can send me pictures of you wearing your favorite blush at If your blog has posts about blush for women of color and you’d like me to link you, I am more than willing to do so. Hit me up!

This post is about the different types of blushes out on the market. I know you didn’t think that powder was the only kind. Come on, girlfriend…get with the program. But since you are so in hip with the powder blush, I guess we’ll start there.

The most traditional form of blush, powder, is great for for all skin types, but especially oily/combination skin.

Plus, it’s the most dense of all blushes which means it will give you long lasting color. I absolutely adore powder blushes (well shoot, it’s the only kind of blush I’ve ever used) because I find that if you apply too much, you can always “take a step back”. How? By dusting a bit of translucent face powder or bronzer on your cheeks. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

My favorite powder blush? NARS Cosmetics make the BEST blushes ever. But for a beauty on a budget, I recommend Milani.

Gel Blushes

Ohh la laaa….I am swooning over Tarte’s Cheekstains. How beautiful are they? They have won awards as “the best blush” from Cosmo, InStyle and Self magazines. I hear that the color payoff is intense and long lasting and get this….many of them are water resistant. Now that’s hot for Floridian beauties who like to jump in a pool at a moment’s notice. And since the cheekstains are oil-free, you don’t have to worry about getting that oily face look. That also means that they won’t be clogging your pores. Definitely adding this to my long list of “beauty products to cop”.

Cream Blushes

One of the products that I was always afraid to try when I first got into MAC Cosmetics was their cream blushes. Now that I have this slight obsession with blushes, in general, I think that I may give them a try sooner rather than later. Cream blushes usually offer more color than powder blushes but since the color pay off is so rich, it takes a bit more effort to blend in. The great thing about cream blushes is that they are ideal for those of us with drier skin. They are a bit more emollient and therefore provide more moisture than powder blushes. This would be perfect for the winter months. I don’t wear foundation but if I did, I would imagine that a cream blush would be absolutely divine for a nice evening look.


Let’s have a moment of silence for the fabulousness that is bronzers. If you’ve been a reader of Clumps of Mascara for awhile, you know how much I Iove Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. When I tell you this product is love at first swipe (to be taken literally), I’m not even playin’. Bronzers look absolutely beautiful on brown skin. It gives us a nice and natural glow. On days when I want to feel pretty without much effort, I swipe bronzer on the cheeks. Instant glow!!

This site will also give you more information about other types of blushes. It is a great resource for newbies. My girl Erin from The MAC Fetish (and has a post here where she shows us that you can wear eye shadows as blush. I’ve also heard that you can swipe lipsticks on your cheeks for added color too. Who would have thoooought? Yall know I’m going to be trying that out.

And for this post’s Brown & Blushin’ Beauty, my lovely author, PBW from Forty is the New 20 shows us her beautiful FOTD with her wearing Dior Sunset Fiesta blush.

Lookin’ gorgeous, uh? Love it! Send me yours at Stay tuned for more posts from the Brown & Blushin’ series. Smooches!

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  • Virtuous Blue

    You are brilliant…I LOVE THIS POST. Blush has been such a no-no among women of color, I’m so excited that we’re learning to love color. I’m definately going to try the tarte and the BB Shimmerbrick.

    Teneasha VB

  • Product Junkie Diva

    AWW PBW you look great. This is a great post DB.
    I don’t wear blush but all of you bloggers are motivating me to try it :-)
    Product Junkie Diva

  • Brown Girl Gumbo

    You know I love blush/bronzer!! Tarte gel blush is definitely one of my favorites!!

    PBW, you look FANTASTIC!!! What a wonderful smile. :-)

  • SuzieC

    I’ve been wanting to try a cream blush for the longest time but I’ve been scared to. I have no idea why but for some reason they intimidate me so I always stick to powder. I think I’m going to venture out and try some.

  • rmcandlelight

    I have the Milani shimmer bronzer that looks just like the bobby brown of course its much cheaper.
    Can you give a review and see if there is a difference between the two?

  • nywele

    I loooove blushes! Which Nars blushes are your favorites? I’ve only tried Exhibit A and of course Orgasm :)

    I didn’t know that Tarte cheekstains offer a great pay off for women of color. After trying Benefit tint, i gave up. I’ll look into it:)

    which MAC cream blushes do you recommend? I have laid back :)

    i looove bronzers! I have to get this shimmerbrick! It is the second time you’re raving about it and i feel it might be love at first sight :)

  • PBW

    Great blush article! I’ve been looking to expand beyond powder blushers.

    Also, thanks for turning me into a supermodel-for-day!

    BBG, I’ve been wanting to try the Tarte stain. I’m gonna take another look at it next time I’m in Sephora.

  • Scandalous Beauty

    I’m becoming such a cream blush junkie, I am thinking of completely converting!!! Don’t get me wrong, I swear by my Taj Mahal and Crazed by Nars, but I love, love, love MAC Cream Color Base in Madly Magenta!!!! It brighten’s the cheek and really looks great on the skin. I tried it but didn’t buy it, now I am regretting it!

  • Nemesis

    You just gonna make me try the blush….great post

  • Afrodite

    I love me some bronzer! I actually like to mix my bronzer with blush to get the right look.