Your mom was right—you need to wear blush. If you’re already wearing blush occasionally, you should wear it more often. And while we appreciate a good pinch on the cheeks to create a rosy glow, a powder, cream, or liquid blush formula is a long-lasting (and less tactile) approach. Our favorite blush shades add a soft bit of color to any and all complexions. Here, the 15 blushes BAZAAR editors come back to time and time again for a natural flush.
You might think this blush is iconic solely because of the controversial name, but the rosy pink shade with a subtle golden shimmer truly does complement all skin tones.
2 Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush, Face Makeup
This gel-cream blush couldn’t be easier to use. Just blend a tiny dot on your cheek for the prettiest natural-looking flush with a dewy finish.
3 Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
Westman Atelier net-a-porter.com
Even if you don’t care much about clean beauty, you’ll fall in love with this creamy sheer blush stick from makeup artist Gucci Westman. The blend of vitis vita grape extract and ayurvedic oils with sheer pigments makes for the most gorgeous flush with a dewy finish.
4 Blush Trio
Anastasia Beverly Hills sephora.com
There’s levels to Anastasia Beverly Hills’s blush trio. Start with Desert on the far right for a sun-kissed flush; build up to a darker berry tone by brushing on Velvet and Exotic. The satin sheerness of these naturally-formulated blushes allows these three tones to blend without caked residue.
5 Jelly Pop Flush Blush
e.l.f. Cosmetics ulta.com
Without a label, you could confuse e.l.f.’s Jelly Pop blush for a luxury version. This elastic blush packs a 12-hour flush in a $6 package, with a formula that brings deeper color with every additional layer.
6 Artistique Blush
surratt beauty sephora.com
The silkiest, softest, most luxurious blush in shades that complement every single skin tone.
7 Beach Lip & Cheek Stick
Charlotte Tilbury sephora.com
Dab this creamy pigment on your cheeks for a soft and subtle glow and/or on your lips for a hint of matching color.
8 Chubby Stick Cheek Colour
Reluctant blush wearers, this one’s for you. A beige-peach hybrid like Clinique’s adds the slightest flush without entering GLOW territory. Plus, with a balm stick instead of a compact, you don’t even need brushes. Blend out a swipe of the oil-free blush with your index finger and you’re good to go.
9 Amazonian Clay Blush
If your blush seems to disappear hours after applying it, give this Tarte formula a try. The buildable formula claims to last 12 hours—but all we know is that it’s still there when we wash our faces at the end of a long day.
10 Match Stix
FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna sephora.com
You could just swipe this creamy, peachy-pink formula across your cheekbones and be done with it. Or you could also use it as a lipstick, eyeshadow, and highlighter. It’s just that pretty.
11 Galifornia Blush
Benefit Cosmetics sephora.com
A golden highlighter meets a nearly-red blush in one cute little compact. Just one swipe gives medium-to-dark skin tones all the glow and warmth of summer—even in the dead of winter.
12 Orgasm Liquid Blush
The same peachy pink shade as the iconic powder, liquified. It will make a liquid blush convert out of even the most skeptical blush-haters once you see how dewy and radiant your skin looks.
Nudist Multi Use Stick W3LL PEOPLE ulta.com
A blush that actually hydrates your skin instead of drying it out? We’ll take 100 of this aloe and antioxidant-packed blush, please.
14 Ambient Lighting Blush
A pink blush that applies much softer than it looks, thanks to the swirls of peachy highlighter.
Benefit Cosmetics sephora.com
What may have started as a formula meant for tinting a certain other area of your body has become a perennial favorite liquid lip and cheek stain for adding sheer color to all skin tones.
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