The “rules” to makeup can be long-winded, but two things are for certain. One, when placed in the right location—on the apples of your cheeks, always avoiding the hollows of the face—blush can deliver a fresh “lift” to the face. Two, for a younger-looking appearance, creamy, non-powder formulas are always your best to keep from settling into fine lines.
Looking for the ultimate natural-looking flush with zero caking in sight? These creamy blushes deliver.
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ColoreScience Sunforgettable Color Balm ($32)
The only thing better than a natural-looking flush? One that’s packed with SPF 50. Just swipe this lip-and-cheek stick on your cheekbones—it’s available in three stunning shades—blend with your fingers and glow.
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Mary Kay Gel Cream Blush ($18)
We’ve heard of a gel-cream moisturizer, but what about a bouncy, gel-cream blush? This limited-edition color employs a similar feather-light formula you’d imagine and is infused with hyaluronic acid to keep skin looking dewy and plump, not dry and cakey.
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Keys Soulcare Sheer Flush Cheek Tint ($22)
User-friendly and buildable, this blends-right-in blush—it’s formulated with safflower and sunflower oils for a smooth, hydrating finish that won’t catch on dryness—can be layered for a bolder pop of color or dabbed in lightly for a your-skin-but-better flush.
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Beautycounter Cheeky Clean Cream Blush ($42)
Squalane and jojoba esters make each of these eight shades feel more like silky-smooth skin care than makeup. Glide them onto the apples of your cheeks and your lips for an impossibly chic monochromatic look. Even better? It’s refillable.
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Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Blush Stick ($46)
This velvety, cream-to-powder blush—it’s available in six shades—glides onto the skin and blurs the look of pores for an airbrushed, second-skin effect.
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Kjaer Weis Cream Blush ($32)
Natural oils and extracts make this creamy, cult-classic blush—the brand just rolled out two brand-new hues including Blushing, pictured—a favorite among celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Claire Danes and Rosie Huntington Whiteley.
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Saie Dew Blush ($24)
Dot this botanical-infused formula onto the top of the cheekbones with the doe-foot applicator and blend with your fingertips to diffuse the supernatural hue—its unique gel-cream texture won’t settle into wrinkles.
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Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($20)
Nestled somewhere between a liquid and a cream, this hybrid complexion-brightening blush is easy to blend and leaves behind a soft, powder finish that won’t crease or budge.
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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick ($48)
Dot a bit of this creamy blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers for a quick, natural-looking flush that melts into the skin.
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Kosas Cosmetics Blush Intensities ($34 each)
Fans of the clean beauty brand’s blushes will love their new Blush Intensities, essentially punched-up versions of the classics. Our favorite? 8th Muse, pictured, which pairs a flattering fuchsia with a glow-enhancing rose-meets-pearl.
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Clé de Peau Cream Blush ($60)
Lighter than air and super easy to blend thanks to hydrating argan oil, this whipped blush not only gives the most believable flush to skin with next to no shimmer, but blurs the look of pores too.
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Decorté Cream Blush ($35)
Translucent pearls keep this soft crème blush from dulling or falling flat; natural botanical extracts keep skin from drying out.
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NARS Multiple in Orgasm ($39)
A must for the traveler, this portable blush is creamier than the original powder—it can also be used on the cheeks, lids and lips—but delivers the same lit-from-within flush we love.
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Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush ($29)
The name may suggest otherwise, but this blush boasts a mousse-like texture that dries down to a beautiful, soft-matte finish.
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Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($26.50)
Boasting an oil-free formula packed with clean, effective ingredients, this point-and-paint stick ensures glowy skin and zero breakouts.
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MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick ($21)
Hydrating mango butter and avocado oil ensure skin stays taut and hydrated in this two-in-one stick.
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