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Best Blush for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

Nars in Orgasm

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Best Blush for Medium-Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2007

Nars in Orgasm

The unrivaled twinkly peach takes cheeks on a natural high.

$30
Best Blush for Dark Skin 2015

Nars in Exhibit A

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Best Blush for Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Nars in Exhibit A

A fiery coral soars against deep complexions.

$30
Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

Nars in Orgasm

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Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Nars in Orgasm

Everything cheeks crave (a lived-in believable flush) and none of what they don’t (blotchy streaks).

$30
Best Powder Blush 2015

Nars

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Best Powder Blush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Nars

Stamps of color on the cheeks work only for baby dolls. This intensely pigmented blush becomes part of your skin rather than just chilling out on top of it. “The colors are so versatile,” says Anthea King. “I try shades I normally wouldn’t, and they always look great.”

$30
Best Blush for Fair Skin 2015

Chanel in Rose Ecrin

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Best Blush for Fair Skin 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel in Rose Ecrin

A cool pink rose that accents the blue undertones in fair skin.

$45
Best Mineral Blush 2015

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize 

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Best Mineral Blush 2015
WINNER 2015

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize 

Made with minerals, this baked blush has a swirly, otherworldly luminescence. A few drops of water transforms it into a “blendable cream blush,” says L.A. makeup artist Kimberly Bragalone. “It creates this beautiful luminosity without looking like your cheeks are caked with glitter.” 

$27
Best Cream Blush 2015

Chanel Cream Blush

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Best Cream Blush 2015
WINNER 2015

Chanel Cream Blush

Gwyneth Paltrow’s healthy lifestyle isn’t the only thing that gives her a flushed glow. This cream formula, which Los Angeles makeup artist Jeannia Robinette uses on the star, “melts into skin beautifully. Gwyneth loves it—and she only likes makeup that looks real.” All shades have rich pigment and are crazy easy to blend.

$38
Best 2014 Editors' Pick

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee

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Best 2014 Editors' Pick
WINNER 2014

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee

Turns out the coconut water craze translates beautifully to makeup. The ultra-sheer, skin-quenching cheek gel comes in irresistible shades like Getaway Red. We’ll drink to that. Josie Maran Cosmetics

$22

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Blush

Nars in Orgasm

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Best 2014 Shade for Fair to Medium Blush
WINNER 2014

Nars in Orgasm

Impossible to OD on, these golden tones are lustrous on medium skin.

$29
Best 2014 Shade for Medium to Dark Skin

Nars in Dolce Vita

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Best 2014 Shade for Medium to Dark Skin
WINNER 2014

Nars in Dolce Vita

You’ll swoon for this cheekbone-chiseling romantic rose.

$28
Best 2014 Cream Blush

Stila Convertible Color

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Best 2014 Cream Blush
WINNER 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Stila Convertible Color

N.Y.C. makeup artist Sir John Barnett’s No. 1 pick, this non-oily cream serves multiple purposes. "It's a cream blush, a base for powder blush, and a lip color," he says. Adds Scali, who’s used it on Christina Hendricks: "Nothing looks cleaner on the skin."

$25
Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay

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Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Blush
WINNER 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay

Made with clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon (said to nourish skin while absorbing oil), this demi-matte powder has Earth Mother appeal. But thanks to the "right amount of pigment and lustrous colors," it's glam enough for Catherine Zeta Jones's makeup pro Matthew VanLeeuwen, who loves to layer shimmery highlighters over it.

$26
Best 2013 Inexpensive Powder Blush

L'Oréal True Match

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Best 2013 Inexpensive Powder Blush
WINNER 2013

L'Oréal True Match

Even self-proclaimed makeup snob VanLeeuwen is “obsessed” with this powder. Tender Rose, a cool pink, is the most popular, but all 12 oil-free colors “create a luminous texture and actually smooth skin,” he says. “It’s a top-level product masquerading as a drugstore brand.”

$11
Best 2013 Shade for Dark Skin Blush

MAC in Raizin

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Best 2013 Shade for Dark Skin Blush
WINNER 2013

MAC in Raizin

Just a swipe of this velvety brick blush perks up the whole face.

$21
Best 2013 Shade for Olive Skin Blush

Nars in Torrid

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Best 2013 Shade for Olive Skin Blush
WINNER 2013

Nars in Torrid

Apricot in the pan but pink coral on cheeks, this gold-flecked tone brightens a yellow-tinged complexion.

$29
Best 2013 Editors' Pick

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

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Best 2013 Editors' Pick
WINNER 2013

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

When we’re running on fumes and need a boost stat, we reach for this compact with its sheer golden bronzer, champagne highlighter, and rosy coral blush. Used alone or blended together, the paraben-free formulas give skin of all tones the easy way out: a radiance that otherwise comes only from juice cleanses.

$30
Editors' Pick 2012

Tarte Maracuja

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Editors' Pick 2012
WINNER 2012

Tarte Maracuja

What a product to use in a pinch! This dual-purpose tint comes in three shimmery shades (pink, peach, and champagne). Cheekbones look sharper, and skin seems glowier-and softer too, thanks to vitamins C and E.

$32
Editors' Pick 2011

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face

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Editors' Pick 2011
WINNER 2011

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face

Laced with pink and golden undertones, a few drops of this iridescent fluid warm the apples of our cheeks without a hint of frost. We dab it on top of our foundation or wear it on bare skin for a healthy, energized look.

$30

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