The Definitive Guide To Choosing & Using Blush

Oh, blush. At its worst (applied with too heavy a hand), it has the power to make you look as if you should be piled into a tiny car with 17 other people. At its best, it provides a glow on par with the one acquired while skiing. Problem is, how do you decipher which product will give you the latter without making you look like the former? We're asking the tough questions today, guys.
Get a handle on blush's myriad iterations and which ones will suit you, whether you want a prim pop of color or you're going for full-on Alexis Colby Carrington of Dynasty. From liquid to powder, gel to cream, we've got the scoop on the best blush for your skin type; plus application tips to make sure you're making the most of your formula. Read on for our don’t-be-a-stooge guide to rouge.
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Powder
For a look that focuses on a healthy glow, look no further than a powder formulation — especially for oilier skin or when you find yourself in toasty climates. Whether shimmery or matte is your thing, a big, fluffy brush loaded up with sheer, powder blush yields long-lasting drama. Want to contour? This is your best bet.
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Liquid
Ranging from stains to more robust, viscous consistencies, liquid blush yields a lit-from-within, long-lasting flush better than a day on the slopes. These formulas work best when paired with a synthetic brush (for blending after you dot the blush straight onto your cheeks). It’s great for normal and dry skin types and yields a more natural finish.

Bonus: Try liquid blush on your lips for a jazzed-up no-makeup look.
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Gel
Best for high humidity, sheer, deeply vacation-y flushes, and low-key beauty moments, this blush texture feigns the effects of an unexpected crush run-in. Its ease is unparalleled: Simply dab a bit on with your fingertips. Plus, it works on all skin types. As for colors, we opt for dulcet tones of orange or peach.
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Cream
Cream blush is best for dry skin, but the texture flatters normal and oily gals, as well. Pots of cream blush are great for pairing with your go-to synthetic makeup brush, but sticks are infinitely portable, thanks to their swipe-on-and-you’re-done blendability.
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