Use your makeup to mimic the effects of a radiant, natural-looking flush with perfectly pink blushes that flatter almost all skin tones
The Best Blushes for a Pretty, Natural Flush
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We all aim for glowing, radiant skin, and we know this look isn't complete without a kiss of blush on the cheeks. And, as T magazine points out, the hottest runway complexions this season—from Chloe to Altuzarra—mimic the flush you'd sport after some post-exercise (...or post-bedroom) action. (It's also one of The Hottest NYFW Beauty Trends to Take to the Gym.) There's something simultaneously soft and vibrant about that touch of pink, something both sexy and innocent. And the best part? It couldn't be easier to achieve with makeup—just a little swipe of color across the cheekbone. Here are 11 blushes to help you do just that.
Shiseido's Satin Face Color
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A pop of luminous, non-glittery pink like Shiseido's Satin Face Color in Carnation ($30; shiseido.com) is so natural, it gives cheeks life without any overkill.
Make Up For Ever HD Blush
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For anyone who shies away from powders and glitters, Make Up For Ever's HD Blush ($26; sephora.com) goes straight for the natural color. Any of their pink shades—from cool to flamingo, rose to raspberry—look quietly killer and work across all skin tones.
Bobbi Brown Cheek Palette
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Bobbi Brown's new, limited-edition Cheek Palette in "Calypso" ($45; bluemercury.com) straddles the line between peachy coral and straight pink, meaning it's perfect for any skin tone.
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Maybelline Fit Me Blush
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In terms of budget buys, it doesn't get much better than Maybelline's Fit Me Blush ($4; target.com). It won't cost you a pretty penny, but it'll give you a pretty flush, no matter which of the nine color hues you choose. (Learn the right way to wear blush by reading How to Apply Makeup, According to a Makeup Artist.)
NARS Orgasm Blush
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If you know just one thing about NARS make-up, it's likely the brand's cult-classic "Orgasm" line. For a subtler pink glow (and the teensiest touch of glitter), opt for "Super-Orgasm" ($30; narscosmetics.com) which is quickly becoming our favorite product of the whole lot.
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Lancome Blush Subtil Creme
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Don't let the initial color of Lancome's new Blush Subtil Creme ($24; lancome-usa.com) fool you. On application, it's sweet and pretty—the sort of lit-from-within glow everyone's always raving about.
Laura Mercier Blush
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Truly the definition of "barely there," Laura Mercier's Second Skin Cheek Color ($26; lauramercier.com) is so gorgeously understated that you may just forget you applied it. Especially for the palest skin, we love a dot of "Rose Petal."
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Clinique Cheek Pop
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The big difference between Clinique's Cheek Pop ($21; clinique.com) and other blushes? There's no residue, no trace of powder, and no sign that you applied anything—only pure, pretty, vivid flush. Although all the hues in this collection are spot-on for the natural flush you want, we're a fan of the brand's super-pink "Berry" hue. (Pair this bright blush with one of these 10 Lipsticks that Stay on All Day.)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
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There's nothing out there quite like Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush ($35; sephora.com), which is part finishing powder and part color that moves and sways with the light. The multi-dimensional "cool pink" shade, for instance, is builds color across the apples of cheeks of the most natural of glows.
MAC Cremeblend Blush
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If you dig the dewy post-workout look, then opt for MAC's Cremeblend Blush ($22; maccosmetics.com). Whether you wear with foundation or au natural, the smooth color melts into skin for a warm luminosity.
Surratt Artistique Blush
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The shades of Surratt Artistique Blush ($32; sephora.com) span the entire spectrum of color, from a crazy-bright hot pink to a super-soft peach—all with the perfect blend of color and almost-imperceptible sparkle. We're especially obsessed with the ultra-wearable, natural coral and pink hues. (Pair this product with one of the 7 Beauty Products For Your Adult Sleepover to fake a flawless flush.)