Nude Blushes For People Who Don't Like Blush

Unless you've tried nude blush, you don't actually know that you don't like blush.
Publish date:
July 10, 2014
summer makeup, nars, almay, dark skin, blush, Tarte, nude blush, Josie Maran

I feel the same way about blush as I do about clothing with ruffles and bows. It's just too precious and I'm not a fan. Plus, with a baby face like mine, the wrong blush can put me in lollipop princess territory. I prefer HBIC to princess.

Last summer, while browsing a Sephora, I absentmindedly swatched on a brown-tinted blush and EVERYTHING CHANGED. It didn't look twee at all. It was a nude blush and it was 100 percent grown and sexy.

The thing I really love about nude blush is its seasonless versatility: it compliments a slight tan in the summer and it functions as a blush/bronzer on paler skin in the winter. You can wear it to the beach or the office and it pairs beautifully (without competing) with bright summer lip color.

If you’re ready to hop on my bandwagon, here are some of my favorite nude blushes:

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Honeymoon Honey

This was my gateway into nude blushes, and I can't rave about it enough. It’s a warm rose-brown color that starts really sheer and builds beautifully on any skin tone. For a low-maintenance, everyday look, I blend this on with my fingers, apply a coat of mascara, and call it a day. It has a glowy, natural finish that is super sexy and perfect for summer.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

I first fell in love with this color in Tarte's Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint, so when I discovered the blush in the same shade, I pounced. Confession: I think I love the matte pink blush even more than the lip tint. It has a sweet and playful look, and it's massively pigmented and long-lasting. The color reads muted, dusty pink on my skin, but on lighter skin the nude beige tones take the lead. It's all-around gorgeous--on anyone.

Nars Blush in Douceur

This is the warmer-tone cousin of Exposed. The two are often compared as dupes, but Douceur leans more tan where Exposed leans more pink. Doucer comes in the same smooth, pigmented, and ultra-blendable formula that has elevated Nars blushes to cult status, but I’d argue this blush is even more universally flattering than the famed Orgasm. This is the blush I reach for more than any other I own, and it’s my favorite to pair with a red lip.

Almay Smart Shade Blush in Nude

I wanted to include a drugstore option for y’all, so I picked this up. It looks warm and shimmery in the pan, but it goes on light and sheer. Paler chicas will wear this as a lovely, subtle nude-peach. For myself, I've decided to repurpose this as a warm-tone cheekbone highlighter. Drugstore colors tend not to be heavy enough for my dark skin, and this is no exception. Pretty, though.

Do you wear blush every day in the summer? How do you feel about these nude blush picks? Which one looks best on me?