The Best Blushes for Medium Skin Tones, Hands Down

January 23, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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Medium to tan and deep skin tones require dynamic, versatile and inclusive face makeup — and blush is an integral part of this. We love these pretty colored powders because they add dimension, warmth and life to the face. But as with most makeup, not every color of blush works with every skin tone. If you have a medium skin tone with cool undertones, pick a warm rosy blush. If your undertones are warm, opt for a coral shade. And medium skin tone with neutral undertones will look naturally flushed wearing berry blush.

Ahead, find the best six blushes we love for medium skin tones in every color range you might fancy.

Best Pink Blushes for Medium Skin Tones

Urban Decay Stay Naked Threesome in Naked 

For a rosy, flushed finish, try the Stay Naked Threesome Palette in Naked. This three-shade set comes with a highlighter and bronzer for an all-in-one contouring palette. Naked is our go-to for medium and olive skin tones because it has stunning warm red undertones. 

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick in Swish

A pink blush is just about every makeup guru’s best friend, but what we love most about Milk Makeup’s Swish is its versatility. It adds a subtle but rosy finish in the most natural and approachable way.

Best Coral Blushes for Medium Skin Tones

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush in Peach 40

If a coral shade is more your style, look no further than the Maybelline Fit Me! Blush in Peach 40. While this powder complements just about any skin tone, we think it enhances medium-to-tan skin like magic because of its orange undertone.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn

Medium skin tones look stunning with a bright orange flush — and Dawn helps get the job done. This lightweight formula builds to an opaque blood orange if you prefer a striking finish, or it can be applied subtly for a coral wash.


Best Berry Blushes for Medium Skin Tones

Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream in Berry Flame

For a buildable berry blush, look no further than Berry Flame by Maybelline. This delicious pinky shade has blue and purple undertones that will look stunning blended out onto the cheeks. Pro tip: Blend it out onto your eyes, too, for a monochromatic look. 

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in TMI

Another gorgeous berry pick for medium skin tones is one of our OG faves. We love how the purple undertones of this blush add a cool-toned finish to the skin without a touch of washout.

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