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The greatest sheer and dewy cream blushers for healthy, flushed skin


by Holly O'Neill
15th Mar 2021
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Blend sunset shades of cream blusher to get flush blush right: think post-run pinky glow.

Today, blusher is less heavy and more about trying to achieve a post-gym meets country girl flush. It’s a healthy face; raw, ruddy windburn is the look – like young Prince William and Princess Diana, or your cousins who grew up on farms. Let’s call it flush blush.

With flush blush, we’re talking all the environmental effects: freckles are here to stay, apply your bronzer liberally and wear your blusher like sunburn.

Flush blush is the next generation of no-make-up make-up. The bronzer isn’t sculpted and the blush isn’t doll-like; think realness, softness, relaxed flushes in warm and bright, peach and orange sunset shades, not candied pinks. No chiselled-out cheekbones required.

No-make-up make-up requires more work than the name would suggest, but the lightest touch is the easiest way to do it; go minimal on foundation and for the dewiest look, rely on cream blusher.

For getting cream blusher right, using your fingers or a damp BeautyBlender to apply and blend is the best for blusher that sinks in and looks at one with the skin. Blend cream blushers low on the cheeks and add a touch of bronzer to the bridge of the nose for the most believably natural effect that blends into the skin.

These are the best cream blushers out now to add a healthy glow to a flat complexion, with light highlighting for a super-natural, glowing base.

Photography by Glossier.