Brown and Blushin’ Series: Purple on the cheeks?

I know, I know. I haven’t done a post from this series in quite awhile, uh? I’m so sorry, chicas. I’ve been behind on keeping you lovely up on blushes from my brown skin beauties. I am still enamored with blush and my collection has grown from 3-5 blushes to almost 20! I’m tellin’ you….when I like somethin’ I really like it! And while I haven’t purchased a blush in awhile, I still enjoy revisiting everything from my NYC blush in Desert Rose to my Stila Convertible color in Rose and Grandma’s trusty Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush.

But what happens when a lady loves what she loves but still wants to try something different?


Who remembers MAC’s Mi’Lady Mineralized shadow? This baby came out last fall and I honestly haven’t touched it in quite awhile. While I think it is divine on the lids this beautiful combo of mineralized goodness doesn’t quite fit in with my daily work-appropriate looks. But I still wanted to see what I could do with ole’ girl.

I mean, look how pigmented she is…

So you know what I had to do, riiiight? I grabbed the trusty MAC 187 brush and…

Who would have thought that this color is pretty dern decent on the cheeks?

A little too sparkly for my liking but perhaps with a lighter hand and a cleaner brush I would have ended up with a beautifully flattering purple cheek that doesn’t LOOK crazy.

I was a little heavy on the cheeks but that didn’t stop me…I pulled out my purples quad and…

Yes, I swirled the brush in all 4 colors. The results?

(say hi to the crater on my face!)

Still a little too MUCH so I definitely want to play around with purples on the cheek but with a lighter hand. And yall know me, I ALWAYS get carried away….Mi’Lady on the lips, B? Really?

Wait is that my washcloth in the background that I forgot to crop out? Clumps of Mascara strikes again! LOL!

So what say you, people? Would you rock purple cheeks? Or on the lips? Hmm…maybe I will refine this look a little more and present it in this week’s upcoming FOTD Friday?

Whatcha think?

  • Askmewhats

    ohh B, I heart the purple lips on you!!! And no, it doesn’t look “sickly” at all!

    The purple cheeks? The lighter the better, but yeah, such creative brain juice you have in your lovely head!

  • PBW

    It’s a so-so blush, but an AMAZING lippie on you!!!

  • My Fashion Frenzy

    That purple lip is darling =)

  • Tammy M

    You are so creative! I actually like the purple on the lips!!! It is good to experiment, cause you never know!

  • yummy411

    mi’lady is beeeaauuttiful on your cheeks!

  • SuzieC

    Makeup For Ever makes a purple blush that I really need to have in my life like yesterday. Amina has a purple blush that was so pretty but I can’t remember the name of it.

  • Sass

    i think with a lighter hand the blush would work beautifully! and the purple lip looks good too! who woulda thunk?!

  • Wes

    I love the purple on you… Just not sure how it would translate on my pale cheeks… The browner the better I always say!! lol

  • rmcandlelight

    Looks pretty good but I think it would look better with a lighter hand. Boy I missed out on getting that Milady shadow. I love the purple lips and I do use a purple lip gloss from time to time.

  • slvrlips

    Purple Blush? Pure hotness!! I don’t have Mi’Lady but now I wish I did. I would so rock it as a blush or lip color. That shadow truly is a three in one. Thanks for the idea.

  • ishtastic

    It’s BlackGirlTastic on the lips but not so hot on the cheeks. I remember wearing purple lips in junior high. I guess everything old is new again.
    ’till next time…

  • Product Junkie Diva

    I’m with PBW I really like that color on your lips. You select the best shades :-)

  • AnnaBanna

    well you know me likey bc it’s purple LOL! the purple looked pretty on the lips. a darker purple would look pretty on the cheeks. i tried Grape from my LaFemme blush palette and it’s really pretty, not too dark or too purple!

  • Brown Girl Gumbo

    I would’ve never guessed that it would come out looking like that…not bad, but I don’t think I’d wear it! :-)

  • Amina

    Mi’ Lady on your cheeks is HOOOOT!
    now i wish i got it…maybe I should ask Twinkle Twinkle to sell me one of her extras…

    that lippie reminds me of old school Zig zag…a beautiful purple Lip lacquer!

    I love the brown and blushing!
    I might submit a picture

  • Shefali

    Looks great on the lips…I’m jealous. I totally missed out on Mi’Lady. Does anybody want to sell theirs?

  • nilla cookie

    Mi’lady on the cheeks is gorgeous on you! Now I’m trying to figure out what I have in my stash that I can find an “outside of the box” use for 😉

  • Pumps And Gloss

    The red side of Mi’Lady mixed with Porcelain Pink MSF (magical!!)

  • Fashion’s Darling

    I’d def do purple on the cheeks though I have a serious case of heavy handed-ness lol. I love the purple lip.Amazing

  • blah blah blah

    i like the purple on the cheeks!

  • GetMarried4Less/LadyT

    i like the IDEA of purple on the cheeks….and since its my fave m/u color i have definitely tried it…..but i’ve learned about myself that i prefer natural looking blushes. so since i’ve never *blushed* purple, the look really doesnt do it for me.

    i appreciate it on others though. :)

  • FashionDevotee/FierceBlackness

    I love the purple on the lips and the cheeks.