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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decorté Cream Blush ($35)
Translucent pearls keep this soft crème blush from dulling or falling flat; natural botanical extracts keep skin from drying out.
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.
Available in three complexion-perfecting shades, skin-brightening vitamins C and E work overtime in this two-in-one illuminator that works both on the surface and beneath.
The name may suggest otherwise, but this blush boasts a mousse-like texture that dries down to a beautiful, soft-matte finish.
Boasting an oil-free formula packed with clean, effective ingredients, this point-and-paint stick ensures glowy skin and zero breakouts.
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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