These Celebrities Show What A HUGE Difference Blush Can Make

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A well-placed sweep of blush is the one-step shortcut to looking healthy and less tired, no matter how washed-out your skin is this time of year or how late you stayed out the night before. But blush is also much more than just a utilitarian go-to for when you need to breathe some life into your complexion. It can also be a powerful tool for changing your look in a single swipe, whether you’re going for glamorous impact or a soft, glowy finish. Believe it or not, blush can do it all (well, almost).

Take, for example, a rosy-pink shade swirled over the apples of your cheeks — you’ll get a lush, youthful effect. Load up your brush with a darker shade and drag it along your cheekbones, and you get major definition. It’s all in how you apply it, and the versatility is unparalleled. Not many beauty products can boast that.

These 15 celebrity looks show what a crazy-huge difference a little bit of blush can make, ahead.
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Nicki Minaj
Contouring with blush? It’s a thing, as seen here on Nicki Minaj. A neutral shade applied at an angle makes her cheekbones pop...
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…and a softer, more diffused flush adds color and definition, too.
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Jessica Chastain
Sheer blush with a little bit of pearly shimmer gives Jessica Chastain an instant fresh-faced glow...
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…whereas a bolder rose hue applied to the apples of her cheeks creates more drama.
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Selena Gomez
The strong, angled placement of her blush gives Selena Gomez’s glamorous smoky-eyed look even more emphasis...
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…while with a more pared-down approach, Selena’s cat-eye becomes the fresh, modern focus.
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Taylor Swift
A subtle wash of bronze warms up Taylor Swift’s complexion and complements her warm, neutral lip color...
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…while a more heavy-handed application of a similar shade makes Taylor’s platinum hair look downright luminous.
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Zoe Saldana
Going sans blush like Zoe Saldana is the perfect way to let your colorful liner do all the talking...
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…but a light sweep of a medium rosy shade plays so well with a smoky eye.
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Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn’s electric-blue liner and peach blush combo is an on-point example of complementary colors...
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…and a richer shade of blush makes this lovely look even moodier.
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Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen does the tone-on-tone look plenty of justice with soft, warm neutrals...
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…but a pop of brownish-berry with cherry-red lipstick is just the right amount of festive.
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Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington’s cherry-Popsicle lip color paired with a similar flush on the cheeks makes for an elegant, understated effect...
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…but fresh, pink gloss and a touch of mascara are just as flattering.
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Emma Stone
Light-pink blush pairs perfectly with Emma Stone’s natural-but-better lips...
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…but a coral-toned color emphasizes her freckles and gives her a totally different look.
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Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss shows the power of skipping blush in favor of glossy highlighter...
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…and just a little bit of a pink glow changes the finished look entirely.
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Bella Hadid
A well-blended line of warm, bronze blush under Bella Hadid’s cheekbones creates a shadow that makes her bone structure pop...
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…but she looks sleek and polished in sheer, desaturated neutrals.
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Kendall Jenner
A golden glow works perfectly with Kendall Jenner’s undone look...
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…but softer tones give her a pretty, ethereal vibe.
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Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo looks fresh-faced and dewy with black eyeliner and not much else...
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…but a pop of rosy blush swept over her cheekbones takes Olivia’s look to the next level.
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Jennifer Lawrence
With smoked-out eyeshadow and the perfect flushed contour, Jennifer Lawrence is serving full-on glamour...
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…but a less dramatic finish makes her look glowy and natural.
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Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell’s makeup is the definition of beachy warmth, thanks to the radiant finish of her rosy blush...
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...but with matte skin, perfectly defined brows, and smoked-out eyeliner, Shay’s face has all the drama it needs.
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