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        Best Blush for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz

        Best Blush for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz

        Brush on all five bronze and rose gold hues for a flattering flush.

        $46
        Best Eco-Friendly Blush 2016

        Becca Mineral Blush

        Best Eco-Friendly Blush 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Becca Mineral Blush

        Think pink looks a bit “baby doll” on your skin? Makeup artists call this mineral-based powder a foolproof pick for those who want a diffused rosy glow with just a touch of sheen. Use it on its own, or brush it over a cream blush for a more vibrant hue that still comes off as believable.

        $32
        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Benefit Majorette Cream Blush

        Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Benefit Majorette Cream Blush

        Your apples need a perfect peach like this—the powder shows up and stays put.

        $29
        Best Blush for Dark Skin 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Format

        Best Blush for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        MAC Cosmetics in Format

        Mimic the warm tones of an autumn sunset with this multifaceted powder.

        $22
        Hall of Fame
        Best Powder Blush 2016

        Nars Powder Blush

        Best Powder Blush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Nars Powder Blush

        While the brand’s cheeky shade names are enough to make you blush (Deep Throat, Orgasm, Sex Appeal—we kid you not), these legendary powders pack serious pigments. “Most blushes tend to look ashy or sheer on dark skin, but with Nars, you can find one that lights up pale, medium, and dark complexions,” says Johny Saade. Their vivid, trendsetting colors also pass the grown-upglitter test: They’re not too flat and not too flashy.

        $30
        Hall of Fame
        Best Cream Blush 2016

        Stila Convertible Color

        Best Cream Blush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

        Stila Convertible Color

        No clown cheeks here. Makeup artists, like L.A. pro Elaine Offers, coax a healthy, sheer flush with this velvety cream. “It’s been in my kit for my entire career,” she says. Offers likes to dot on the formula with a stippling brush to bring dewiness and life to her clients’ faces (perhaps after a late night at the Chateau Marmont). Classic hues such as Peony, Petunia, and Poppy are vibrant, versatile favorites, she says.

        $25
        Best Blush for Fair Skin 2016

        Maybelline Fit Me in Deep Coral

        Best Blush for Fair Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Maybelline Fit Me in Deep Coral

        Gold produces the perfect sheen in this pink peach powder.

        $8
        Best Blush for Medium-Fair Skin 2015

        Nars in Orgasm

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

        Nars in Orgasm

        The unrivaled twinkly peach takes cheeks on a natural high.

        $30
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2011

        Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face

        Editor’s Pick
        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
        Best Blush for Fair Skin 2015

        Chanel in Rose Ecrin

        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 Blush for Dark Skin 2015

        Nars in Exhibit A

        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

        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 Mineral Blush 2015

        MAC Cosmetics Mineralize 

        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

        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
        Editor’s Pick

        Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

        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.
         

        $22
        Best 2011 Inexpensive Powder Blush

        Sonia Kashuk Blush

        Best 2011 Inexpensive Powder Blush
        WINNER 2011

        Sonia Kashuk Blush

        They have a definite oomph factor, says L.A. makeup pro Tasha Reiko Brown of these finely milled, pigment-rich powders.You get your money's worth because the color is so saturated-it's not just a bunch of glittery particles. Talk about bang for your blush!

        $10
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2009

        Nars The Multiple Duo

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2009

        Nars The Multiple Duo

        These dewy hues don't merely warm up our complexion; a dab of the pink on our apples and the bronze on our cheekbones gives our face an instant face-lift.

        $42
        Best 2007 Shade for Fair Skin Blush

        Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in No. 3

        Best 2007 Shade for Fair Skin Blush
        WINNER 2007

        Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in No. 3

        Best 2007

        Shade for Fair Skin Blush

        $42
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