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21 Best Blushes to Make Every Skin Tone Glow

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We need to talk about blush. To us, it’s one of few makeup products (aside from mascara) that has the power to make us feel pulled together in a snap. However much we swear by the stuff, the truth is, blush can be polarizing. Some love it, some loathe it, and some are hesitant to try it. All of the above are totally OK. But we’re here to tell you that when it comes to blush, there’s nothing to fear. Whether it’s a quick pick-me-up for a tired complexion or the finishing touch to a bold beauty look, a few swipes of blush can be transformative.

If you’re new to blush or you’re looking for the perfect addition to your collection, there are a ton of formulas to choose from. We know finding the right one can be tricky, so we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up 21 super smooth powders, satisfying gel-creams, and liquid blushes in every shade under the sun to give you the rosy, glowy flush of your dreams. Continue reading for the best blushes to add to your makeup kit ASAP.

1. Best Pink Gel-Cream Blush:

GLOSSIER Cloud Paint in Puff

GLOSSIER Cloud Paint in Puff
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Who doesn’t love finger painting? That’s what applying super blendable gel-cream blush is like. The light-as-air formula is so easy to work with and blends seamlessly with just your fingertips. It goes on sheer at first and builds up to a full flush, depending on your mood. Plus, the special blurring pigments give skin a dewy, soft-focus effect and doesn’t highlight texture or pores. Wear it and you’ll get a natural-looking, magic hour glow all day.

2. Best Buildable Blush:

CLINIQUE Cheek Pop™ in Rosy Pop

CLINIQUE Cheek Pop™ in Rosy Pop
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The name says it—dust this smooth powder blush on the apples of your cheeks and it’ll certainly make them pop. The highly pigmented formula goes on bright (but not too bright), and blends out to a soft wash of color. Want to go bold? Just add more. It won’t look cakey or streaky. It’s longwearing, buildable, and comes in shades that flatter every skin tone. Our current fave: the shade “Rosy Pop” for a burst of pink that’s fit for any occasion.

3. Best Blush for All Skin Types:

TARTE COSMETICS Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Party Dress

TARTE COSMETICS Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Party Dress

Chances are you’ve come across this cult-favorite, beauty editor-loved blush more than once during your search for the perfect blush formula. It’s a win-win for your skin thanks to tons of healthy ingredients. First, Amazonian clay makes it stay put for hours (12 to be exact!), then mineral pigments smooth and soften skin, and vitamin E hydrates and provides antioxidant protection. The silky powder gives skin a natural flush and doesn’t settle into fine lines and pores. Trust us, this stuff is a makeup artist fave for so many reasons.

4. Best Rosy Glow Blush:

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush in Champagne Rose

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush in Champagne Rose
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When we flipped open this gorgeous compact we were mesmerized. The soft marbled effect is simply stunning and, when blended, looks even better on your skin. Look to this baby for multidimensional color and a soft, lit-from-within glow. This blush is made using photoluminescent technology to create depth and natural-looking radiance, and it’s also packed with pigment, easy to blend, and never streaky—so basically, it’s our dream blush.

5. Best Universally Flattering Blush:

NARS Mini Blush in Orgasm

NARS Mini Blush in Orgasm
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If you’ve been a beauty guru for as long as you can remember, you probably reached for the iconic NARS Blush in Orgasm long before you even watched a makeup YouTube tutorial. This iconic color is famous for a reason: It works with just about every skin tone and has all-day staying power. If you’re still nervous about choosing a blush even after reading this list, NARS is a great place to start.

6. Best Wine-Colored Cream Blush:

FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Summertime Wine

FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Summertime Wine
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What’s more romantic than a soft, wine-colored flush? Not much, TBH. Whether it’s for date night, late-night, or you’re just feeling a bold blush moment, this super fresh formula from the iconic FENTY BEAUTY will do the trick. Perfect for oily skin types (and all skin types, really), the non-greasy formula lasts for hours and doesn’t feel slick on your skin. The sheer, blendable color melts onto your fingertips like butter so it goes on seamlessly, never cakey. Plus, it’s water-resistant and sweat-resistant for all-day wear.

7. Best Universal Pink Blush:

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Cheek to Cheek Blusher in Pillow Talk Original

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Cheek to Cheek Blusher in Pillow Talk Original
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Google “iconic” and Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk shade is sure to find you. Beloved by models, celebs, makeup artists, and more, this super versatile rosy pink and champagne powdery blush will give you a beautiful, dewy flush in an instant. It’s made using Light Flex Technology to capture light and reflect it back on you and finely crushed pearl pigments for an added hit of luminosity (without looking shimmery). Wear it and you’ll be ready for your close-up 24/7.

8. Best Peachy-Pink Blush:

PATRICK TA BEAUTY Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush in She’s Passionate

PATRICK TA BEAUTY Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush in She’s Passionate

No one knows how to glow like celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. This peachy-pink blush is made with light-reflecting mica to illuminate your best features and plant-based moisturizers to keep your skin smooth, hydrated, and happy (which is key to upping your glow). It’s so pretty, we love it on our lids as an eyeshadow and cheeks for a beautiful pink monochrome look. (Check out our Patrick Ta makeup tutorial here.) And guess what? Ipsters love it, too. Ipstertjb16 says, “I love how fine the powder is. It doesn't leave fallout all over me or the sink. Everything about it from the application to the packaging is refined. Love it.”

9. Best Hydrating Blush:

KOSAS Cushiony Cheek Duo in Contrachroma

KOSAS Cushiony Cheek Duo in Contrachroma
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This buzzy beauty brand delivers on two things: perfect color and good-for-your-skin ingredients. Not only is this skin-smoothing blush paired with a complementary highlighter, it’s made with nourishing oils to condition, hydrate, and repair your skin. Jojoba seed oil soothes and balances, moringa seed oil and vitamin C brighten and even skin tone, and rosemary extract helps restore your natural radiance. Wear the blush and highlighter separately, or layer them together to customize your glow.

10. Best Cream Blush Stick:

MILK MAKEUP Lip + Cheek in Werk

MILK MAKEUP Lip + Cheek in Werk

Multitasking makeup is so buzzy lately and you bet we’re here for it. We’re all about products that make us feel pulled together with ease. This lip and cheek stick from MILK MAKEUP (whose products you’ve definitely double-tapped on Insta) has become a staple in our makeup kits. This baby doubles as a creamy blush and lip color—although we’ve certainly swiped it on our lips and loved it—plus, it’s made with peach nectar and avocado oils that majorly hydrate and help it go on smooth like butter. Ipster stephaniegoote49 says, “The shade is so delicate and bright. Goes on smoothly for a nice colorwash. You can intensify the color by adding a few more applications if you want to. I love this. It’s by far my favorite thing from IPSY. One hundred percent recommend.”

11. Best Drugstore Blush:

MILANI COSMETICS Rose Powder Blush

MILANI COSMETICS Rose Powder Blush

Sometimes we just want a hint of color—you know, that natural, just-pinched look. For all those moments, we turn to one of our OG favorites MILANI. This drugstore brand makes it easy to experiment with color thanks to their affordable and highly pigmented products. This rosy blush is no exception and gives you a barely-there finish and instant rosy glow. Ipster candicecarebear raves, “MILANI Rose Powder Blush has become my favorite blush. I use it almost every day even if just as a slight blender when doing some contour. Such a soft beautiful blusher, goes on like butter, and lasts so long. I haven’t gotten a full size yet because I still have my deluxe sample from IPSY, which is amazing how a little goes such a long way... fantastic. Can’t wait to purchase the full size though and see how long that one lasts lol. Thanks IPSY 😘 never disappoints.”

12. Best Soft Rosy Blush:

PIXI BEAUTY Fresh Face Blush in Frosted Fleur

PIXI BEAUTY Fresh Face Blush in Frosted Fleur

This one tops our list for more than one reason—not only do the light-reflecting pigments instantly warm up your complexion (a plus if you’re missing the summer sun like us), it’s made with a healthy dose of vitamin E to keep your skin nourished, soft, and supple. Ipsters esull 246 says, “Wow this blush looks AMAZING. It is blendable and buildable which is perfect for different looks, the color is warm and goes with so many eye looks, I would buy it again.”

13. Best Matte-Finish Blush:

PACIFICA BEAUTY Cherry Bomb Cherry Cheek Powders

PACIFICA BEAUTY Cherry Bomb Cherry Cheek Powders
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These matte-finish formulas are perfect for adding warmth and glow without shine (aka they’re great for humid days). Plus, they come in a variety of shades so you can add blush and bronze in just one palette. Ipster acountryman114 says, “I absolutely love. I received it years ago in an Ipsy bag and was thrilled to see it offered again. When I had it before I used EVERY DROP OF PRODUCT! Will be buying more!”

14. Best Berry Blush:

LOTTIE LONDON Ombré Blush in Red Hot

LOTTIE LONDON Ombré Blush in Red Hot

OK, we’ll pretty much try ombré anything—so when this blush came across our desks we couldn’t resist. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, the matte-to-shimmer ombré finish makes it so easy to customize your look. We love a berry-hued blush, and this one is truly versatile. You can easily build it up from subtle to bold, and it goes on without a hint of streakiness. Plus, it’s great on so many skin tones. If there’s one blush that’ll take you from snow days to hot summer nights, it’s this one.

15. Best Bold Red Blush:

SAINT LUXE Blush in Cranberry Bliss

SAINT LUXE Blush in Cranberry Bliss

One look at this deep, cranberry-red blush and we were mesmerized. It’s that pretty. It may look super bold in the compact, but it’s surprisingly versatile and buildable. Go in with a light hand for a hint of red or add more for a major blush moment. Deeper skin tones will love the highly pigmented formula and color payoff. The finely milled pigments feel light as silk on your skin and last for hours without fading.

16. Best Color Payoff:

SHAINA B MIAMI Palette Blush + Highlight

SHAINA B MIAMI Palette Blush + Highlight

Rosy blushes were probably some of the first we tried since they complement just about any beauty look, add gorgeous warmth to your complexion, and can be worn for any occasion all year round. The slightly deeper rosy blush in this palette is great when you’re looking for a quick color payoff, and it’s easy to build so you won’t have to pack it on. Ipster jessicakatherinescot says. “This might be my new favorite blush. The shade is perfect for my skin type. It isn’t very bright so it doesn’t look obvious like I’m wearing blush. A great product!”

17. Best Blush for the Ultimate Glow:

MAËLLE BEAUTY Sunkissed Blush Palette

MAËLLE BEAUTY Sunkissed Blush Palette

One word came to mind when we set our eyes on this beauty: wow. This blush palette checks all our boxes when it comes to gorgeous packaging and major glow. The mix of matte and shimmer shades can be worn alone, paired together, or combined to create a look that we can only describe as instant golden hour. Blend it on and watch your face light up—you might not even miss your highlighter. Ipster martinaweil says, “This palette is SO PRETTY!!!! I love the way it makes my entire face glow up. Super pigmented, a little goes a long way!”

18. Best Blush-Highlighter Hybrid:

THEBALM COSMETICS Will Powder in Worth the Wait

THEBALM COSMETICS Will Powder in Worth the Wait

Low on sleep? Been there. Luckily, a little blush and highlighter can wake up your complexion in no time. This complexion-brightening powder formula has the best of both worlds, so it’s all you need to blush up and glow. Your skin loves it, too. Plant-based oils give it a silky, buttery feel and help keep your skin feeling soft and supple (never dry). Ipster loribear79 says, “This is my favorite highlighter ever. It's a light pink blush mixed with highlighter and is my go-to. It's very flattering.”

19. Best Blush with Skincare:

COMPLEX CULTURE Overtime Blush & Contour Duo in Pink Slip and Power Player

COMPLEX CULTURE Overtime Blush & Contour Duo in Pink Slip and Power Player

One shade to sculpt and define, one to create soft pink cheeks—this one palette is all you need to feel pulled together in a flash. It’s great for your skin since loads of skin-loving ingredients like ceramides and hydrolyzed silk help lock in moisture for soft, smooth skin all day long. Another reason to be obsessed? The packaging isn’t just pretty. It’s sturdy enough to toss in your makeup bag, and it has a perfectly sized mirror to apply all your products on the go. Ipster itsmeek says, “This product is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. Very blendable and buildable depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. Definitely looking into more products from this brand.”

20. Best Neutral Peach Blush:

OFRA COSMETICS Pressed Blush in Bellini

OFRA COSMETICS Pressed Blush in Bellini

This light peachy blush makes us think “summer” whenever we see it. It delivers just the right amount of color, and it’s perfect for your no-makeup-makeup looks or paired with a bold eye. The powder pigments are so smooth, they seem to melt onto your skin and never look cakey. It’s a great everyday blush (especially for lighter skin tones) and smooths over imperfections instead of highlighting them. Ipster lucyfplatt says, “This is a pretty blush. Just a bit brightens up my face. I have light skin with neutral undertones and the shade suits me.”

21. Best Blush for a Peachy Glow:

DOUCCE Freematic Blush Moni in #49 Zen Orange

DOUCCE Freematic Blush Moni in #49 Zen Orange

This blush is called Zen for good reason. One look at the pretty, peachy-orange shade, and we were sure we’d see brighter skin days ahead. The soft, silky formula glides on with ease, and the oil-free formula lasts all day. It goes on effortlessly and gives you a touch of subtle luminosity wherever you apply. Ipster cutifulsasa says, “Very interesting and more subtle shade of blush! Kind of neutral and works for adding some color to your face without being obvious you used blush.”

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Pia Bhattacharya
Pia is a New York-based beauty editor at IPSY with over 10 years experience including editorial, public relations, and copywriting. Her work has appeared in SELF magazine, in beauty and branding for Bloomingdale’s, and others.
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Article Last Updated February 9, 2022 12:00 AM