Anyone Can Wear Blush: Blush for Darker Skin Tones

One makeup product that women of color tend to avoid is blush. The truth is, blush is an essential beauty product that pulls any makeup look together. Want to instantly add warmth to your face? Want to achieve a rosy, flush appearance? Blush powder is the solution. We know that as women of color it can be difficult to find the best blush for your skin tone. To help guide your search, we have come up with a list of some of our favorite blush products for darker skin complexions.

MAC Raizin and MAC Gingerly

If you are looking for a neutral color to wear on your cheeks, then MAC Raizin and MAC Gingerly are perfect blushes for you. MAC Raizin is described as a reddish brown color that appears natural on medium to darker skin tones. If you are a lighter complexion, and want to achieve the same natural appearance, then MAC Gingerly is a great option.

Nars Exhibit A

Women of color look great with orange and reddish tones on their cheeks. One color that is gorgeous on darker skin tones is Nars Exhibit A, which is described as a bright orange and reddish blush. Nars Exhibit A looks best when it is applied lightly. It instantly adds a splash of color, creating natural and flushed cheeks.

MAC Dollymix

Anyone can wear bright pink blush. With influencers like Nicky Minaj, it is no secret that women of color are embracing bubblegum pink tones. One of our favorite blushes that will add a subtle pop of color to your cheeks is MAC Dollymix. Dollymix looks great on any skin tone, and creates naturally pink cheeks.

Nars Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a very pretty, golden and tangerine color. It adds warmth and radiance to darker skin. Taj Mahal is for those who are not afraid of a little shimmer on their cheeks, and who want to add a sheer wash of bright orange to their complexion.

Iman Luxury Blushing Powder in Sable

Very dark skinned women look best in rich shades of plum and berry on their cheeks. Iman’s blush in Sable is a creamy shade of cocoa that is extremely natural looking on darker tones. This chocolatey berry blush is timeless, promising to always be in style.

MAC Vintage Grape

Another great purple blush for darker skin tones is MAC Vintage Grape. Vintage Grape is a pretty plum color that is extremely wearable and versatile. When worn on darker tones, it freshens and livens the skin, resulting in an impeccable finish.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

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Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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