Blush is an essential item in a makeup collection. A good blush will highlight, brighten, and illuminate your face with minimal effort. The problem I faced when I started getting into makeup was finding the right shades for my dark complexion. I ran into blushes that were not pigmented enough to appear through my dark skin. Through research, trial and error, I have narrowed my favorite makeup brands that sell blushes that are women of color (WOC) friendly. At the top of my list is NARS, followed by MAC, SLEEK Makeup, and Milani. I generally select vibrant berry hues since they complement my skin’s cool undertones. In the summer I like to have that sun-kissed glow look so I wear blushes with earth tone plus shimmering hues.