Orange blush might sound a tad gaudy or striking in contrast next to soft shades of pink, but believe us when we say that it’s the colour that’ll warm your complexion to give a fresh, summer glow! That’s right, Gen Zs have spoken and they’re trading traditional rosy hues for a vibrant orange flush.
While orange blush was first spotted permeating our TikTok “For You” page, it’s a style that’s not just suited for the Gen Zs but for everyone.
Before they trended on TikTok, Japanese Pinterest users were already pinning orange blushes more than traditional pink ones as citrusy colours have long held a spot in J-beauty.
It’s also not surprising to spot apricot tones on Korean personalities, especially when blended with another peachy shade for a duo-tone Korean blush style.
Orange blush colours for different skin tones
When we say everyone, we mean everyone. For those who are new to peachy shades, you can also go for specific shades of orange that’ll best flatter your skin tone and bring your cheeks a healthy, rosy glow.
orange blush is that girl! I didn’t need to use any cream contour, powder blush or highlighter! only a bit of powder bronzer🤩
Vivid orange mattes work well to complement deeper skin tones, whereas light, shimmery coral or peach shades are perfect for fairer skin. Orange is also ideal for tanned, olive skin tones and will bring the complexion a glorious warm colour.
How to match makeup with an orange blush
Since yellow-undertoned blush is a surprising switch from the traditional pink hues that we’re used to, you might be worried about how to pair it with other makeup.
There’re many ways to play around with the tangerine tones on your cheeks! You could commit to a monochromatic style by matching the orange blush with peachy eyeshadow and lipstick. Or, let your cheekbones take centre stage by pairing orange blush with just eyeliner and a sheer lip tint or nude lip.
It’s also easy to up the glamour by gliding on silver eyeshadow or other cool-toned metallics which will balance the warm orange shades with frostier tones.
It’s safe to say that peach, coral, pinks, and cream shades will naturally share with the orange tones on your cheeks to bring you a beautiful, rosied style.
9 best orange blushes – most are TikTok approved
1. Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Colour Matte in Picante
@kaisercoby on TikTok tested this soft matte balm that’s in the shade Picante on her deep skin and absolutely loves how it looks.
Picante is an orange shade that goes on bright, but it’s also easy to blend out. Use a brush or your fingers to blend out the orange cream pigment on your cheeks for a sheer, more subtle tangerine hue. Or, own the stunning, vivid Picante orange just as it is on your cheekbones.
Shop Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Colour in Picante for S$48.70 on Cult Beauty.
If you prefer to shop from Sephora, you can also find this cream blush in other peach or coral tones like Sunset Strip and Salty Siren. However, you won’t be able to find the shade Picante from the Sephora store.
Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color is priced at S$50 on Sephora.
2. NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush in Almost Famous
If you prefer a creamy, whipped formula, then NYX Professional Makeup’s Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush in the shade Almost Famous is a great choice for you. Created with 100% vegan ingredients, the blush tint gives your skin a natural, lightweight glow that’ll last all day.
Giving you a vibrant orange flush upon application, the product can also be easily blended for more natural-looking radiance!
Shop NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush in Almost Famous for S$16 on Lookfantastic.
3. Peripera Pure Blushed Sunshine Cheek in 04 Hazel Orange
Cue soft peachy summertime hues on your cheeks with the Peripera Pure Blushed Sunshine Cheek in Hazel Orange. This orange blush comes encased in an adorable clear compact and even has a cheerful phrase engraved into the pressed powder.
orange blushes have me by the throat 😮💨🍊 #fypシ
It’s a light apricot shade that lifts your cheeks and warms your complexion naturally – perfect for those hoping to achieve an understated look with their orange blush. The best part? You can get it at Watsons for just S$11.80.
Shop Peripera Pure Blushed Sunshine Cheek in 04 Hazel Orange for S$11.80 on Watsons.
4. Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Fuego Flush
A true orange glow is what you’ll get with the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Fuego Flush.
Besides using this cream blush on your cheeks, you can also glide it onto your eyelids or lips to flaunt a full monochromatic makeup style. It’s also super pigmented and melts effortlessly on your skin, making it easy to blend out or build.
Shop Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush for S$36 on Sephora.
5. e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Blush in Bali
The E.L.F. Putty Blush in Bali may look like it’s an intense dark brown shade in the compact, but blend it out and the blush gives your cheeks a beautiful burnt orange glaze.
Build the creamy blush and you’ll also be able to enjoy tanned orange hues on your face!
Shop e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Blush in Bali for $8.84 on iHerb.
6. Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn
Great for light to dark skin tones, the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn is a buildable gel-cream blush that’s sheer when you tap it onto your skin, but also easy to build for a more vivid colour.
You’ll love how lightweight this blush feels on your skin. Wearing this blush will keep your skin feeling just like skin whilst celebrating your style with a splash of cheerful colour.
Glossier’s Cloud Paint is reviewed by fans to be one of the most natural-looking blushes they’ve tried. It’s not surprising, considering that it’s made with special blurring pigments that touch up your skin effortlessly for a filter-like appearance, without feeling thick and heavy on the skin.
Shop Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn for S$28.50 on Shopee.
7. 3CE Dual Blend Blusher in Alluring Scene
Flaunt a supple K-beauty glow with Korean brand 3CE’s Dual Blend Blusher in Alluring Scene. Boasting both pink and orange shades, the blush allows you to create a two-toned Korean flush.
Sweep the soft orange blush shade on the middle of your cheekbones, then introduce light pink as you blend outwards to cover a wider area of your cheeks.
This is definitely the blush we’d go for if we’re looking to achieve an understated style.
8. NARS Blush in Taj Mahal
Bask in the bronzed tones of the NARS Blush in Taj Mahal, which is a burnished orange shade with a glorious golden shimmer.
With a pigmented orange-coral hue, this blush shade also hints at a copper shimmer that’ll leave you with a beautiful sun-kissed glow. The perfect balance between pink and orange, it’s a blush that’s suited for all skin tones.
Shop NARS Blush in Taj Mahal for S$52 on Sephora.
9. e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette
With four gorgeous blush tones that range from healthy pink to vibrant tangerine hues, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Powder Blush Palette.
Wear the orange blush high on your cheekbones for a vibrant daytime colour, or blend the orange powder with another pink shade on the back of your hand before sweeping it onto your cheeks.
Or, take it from the dual-blush K-beauty trend and apply your blush in two shades, starting with vivid orange in the centre apples of your cheeks then moving outwards to a wider area of the cheek using a lighter shade.
Shop e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette for S$11.31 on iHerb.
Featured image credit: 3CE, The Lime Crime on Pinterest