Is orange the new pink? If you have been using the same pink-toned blush shades, then this is the article for you! Let’s discuss orange blush.
Sounds almost terrifying, but as soon as you start to look at the results it’s this beautiful, glowy warmth on the cheeks. I get summer vibes on steroids from this trend. Orange can look amazing on any skin tone and honestly, seems a heck of a lot less intimidating than trying purple or black blush. You can be adventurous and try something daring and different, but still within a degree of freedom of comfort of our typical pink blushes.
You can also really push the envelope with this trend and layer on the product for a bright pop of color that creates a dramatic look. Blush has the ability to pull an entire face of makeup together. Adding warmth back into the face is super satisfying and flattering and orange blush can absolutely be used to get this result.
What is Orange Blush?
Blush is a cosmetic product applied to the cheeks and cheekbones of the face and is typically found in shades of red or pink. Less common colors out there are browns, purples, oranges, blues, or even black. If you think of the word “blushing”, this is what blush refers to. The reddening of the cheeks that can happen with excitement, embarrassment, or shame. Blush is typically applied in order to emulate the natural flush of the face. Orange blush is a twist on the use of the traditional pink or red blushes but can offer the same benefits of adding warmth to the face.
Who Does Orange Blush Look Good On?
Without blush or bronzer, the face can look too flat or one-dimensional. Orange blush can look glowy and beautiful on a variety of skin tones. There may be some trial and error involved in finding the shades that compliment you, but there is absolutely a match for everyone. Shades can range from a peach color, coral, true orange, or even orange-brown. There is an orange blush out there that would work for anyone.
What Does Orange Blush Do?
Orange blush is perfect for warming the skin. You can think of orange blush as both bronzer and blush in one. It adds both that warmth of flushed skin while providing the glowing enhancement that bronzer does. If you want to try the sun-kissed, yet sculpted look, consider adding orange blush to your routine.
Orange blush will also help you achieve many of the makeup trends popular today! Many alt makeup looks require a bold blush used all over the face. Additionally, the sun-kissed makeup look is very popular!
Best Orange Blushes
#1 NARS Blush in Luster
NARS blush in the color ‘Orgasm’ was my first blush ever. There’s a reason it’s a cult classic, it is so flattering! I have loved these blushes for years. ‘Luster’ is described as a “sheer golden apricot” and is a super flattering orange-toned powder blush. The slight shimmer will definitely add a healthy glow just like’ Orgasm’ does.
Somehow this orange seems wholly natural, but very different from the classic ‘Orgasm’, NARS blushes are buildable so you can have a more subtle hint of the orange, or more of a pop of bright color if you’re inclined.
#2 Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Fuego Flush
Described as a “soft tangerine with shimmer,” this cream blush is so pretty and has a gold shimmer. This is the first cream blush on the list, which has become increasingly popular on TikTok or Instagram over the last couple of years.
This is a non-greasy formula that will give a natural-looking flush to the face. It has buildable coverage that you can customize for the look you’re going for. Whether you want bold and bright or just a light flush for the sunkissed look. This product is vegan and cruelty-free for a bonus!
#3 Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze
I love Milani. They offer some of the best blushes for drugstore makeup. These blushes are affordable, blendable, and smooth. This “shimmery warm bronze” is so pretty. Distinctly more bronze in the pan, but the orange is clear when applied.
This blush is buildable though, so you can customize it for more of a bronzed goddess look, or go for a more bold pop of color on the cheeks. Remember, Milani is a cruelty-free brand! Affordable and ethical are two of my favorite things!
#4 Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush in Butterfly Golden Orange Blush
This blush is a silky-soft powder blush with a soft shimmer finish. This blush will give you bright and vibrant cheeks and a flushed look. This golden orange is perfect to warm the skin up and give that sun-kissed glow. I love that Benefit has stepped up their game by updating the packaging to recycled paperboard.
#5 NARS Blush in Taj Mahal
NARS Powder blushes are making another appearance on this list. This time the orange is much darker and striking. NARS describes this blush as a “blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer.” This blush is super vibrant, blendable, and buildable. If you want a drop of color or just a splash you can layer the coverage to your heart’s content. Careful as a little goes a long way with this product. The gold shimmer reminds me of ‘Orgasm’, which always adds that beautiful glow to the skin.
#6 Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Joy
These liquid blushes have been all over TikTok and Instagram with rave reviews galore. These long-lasting blushes are known for blending beautifully to create that perfect flush and glow. They are also known for building up, so you can definitely customize the amount based on preference. Joy is described as a “ dewy muted peach.”
Tip: Use just a bit as this product is incredibly pigmented. You can always build up the blush if you want a more striking look. Cruelty-free and vegan is always a huge plus for me.
#7 NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush in Almost Famous
Another amazing drugstore option that is affordable! I love it when you can be daring and try a new trend without having to pay an arm and a leg. Look no further than this beautiful orange blush.
A little goes a long way with this cream blush, but it is buildable coverage, so I recommend starting with a small amount of product. This product is applied with a doe foot applicator which makes application super easy. Also, this product is vegan and cruelty-free! Another affordable and ethical option!
#8 PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Blush in Paradise Venus
Paradise Venus is a “terracotta demi-matte” powder blush created by Pat McGrath Labs. This blush has a matte finish and is super pigmented, meaning a little product goes a long way. I can see this color working well for a variety of skin tones. This blush is blendable and buildable which is the perfect balance for a favorite blush. Bonus here with the packaging. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and the rose imprint on the blush is so pretty!
#9 PATRICK TA Major Beauty Headlines – Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush in Do We Know Her?
This product is so cool. It is a compact two-in-one with a powder blush on one side and a cream blush on the other. You can wear these individually or layer them together for a dimensional look and a striking statement. You get the best of both worlds here with a powder and cream formula. I love the versatility of a product like this. I feel like the possibilities are endless when you get two colors to play with and even better with two different formulas. This brand is vegan and cruelty-free!
#10 KVD Beauty Everlasting Blush Refill in Poppy
This “vibrant blood orange” powder blush is so bold and striking. This long-wear blush has a soft matte finish and is transfer resistant. This high pigment blush is so vibrant and could work beautifully with a variety of skin tones! Start with a light hand and build the color up for a bold pop of color. This blush applies smoothly and stays put all day. This brand is cruelty-free and vegan!
#11 Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Peachy Love
This palette includes 3 powder blushes: ‘Nectarin’, a “matte dusty peach,” ‘Ginger’, a “matte toasted coral,” and ‘Miami’, a “matte bright peach with gold sparkle.” You can wear each of these individually or layer for a multidimensional look. I see so many possible looks for one palette here. I love the versatility of three shades in one.
These blendable blushes can be built to your heart’s content so you can step up the drama by building up the color or go in with a lighter hand to add warmth back into the skin, depending on your mood. This product comes in a travel-friendly compact and this brand is cruelty-free!
Final Opinions on Orange Blush
Orange blush can seem intimidating at first, but clearly, something is being done right! For that glowy sunkissed look we have all strived for, orange blush may be just the product we’ve been asking for all these years. A trip to Sephora using the Sephora Rewards Program may be warranted in the near future to try on all these different orange blushes to find the perfect shade for you.
Engineer by day, beauty enthusiast by night. Michelle believes that beauty should be accessible to everyone and doesn’t need to break the bank. Michelle has one beautiful fur child named Bella. She also loves beach volleyball, Latin dancing, and traveling to new places.