For those that firmly believe the cheeks have it, there is nothing more covetable than a creamy blush that instantly transforms a dull, washed out complexion into a healthy, glowing one.
“[It gives you] the most natural, non-cosmetic effect, adding an awoken quality to the skin,” says makeup artist Romy Soleimani, who likes to blend cream formulas into the apples of the cheeks with the heat of her fingertips when working with clients such as Natalie Portman, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Cara Delevingne. Also serving as a lighter handed-alternative to contouring, a sheer wash of melts-right-in rosy rouge will also sculpt the cheekbones with instant results.
Offered in a spectrum of fresh shades and chicly packaged with on-the-go ease in mind, the latest batch of cream blush formulas has got you covered wherever, whenever as the weather cools.
The Whipped Cream Pot
Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush, $29, sephora.com
Air-whipped into a fluffy featherweight texture, Shiseido’s new blush blends like a dream and deposits a subtly shimmering wash of warmth on skin.
The New Kid on the K-Beauty Block
Innisfree Smart Drawing Blusher, $14, us.innisfree.com
Korean beauty has its finger on the pulse of innovation, and Innisfree’s new brightening pastel blushes have a built-in brush applicator for touch ups in transit.
The All Natural Favorite
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, $56, thedetoxmarket.com
With zero compromise on blend-ability and color payoff, this organic dewy blush not only delivers a vibrant healthy flush, but also nourishes skin with moisturizing jojoba seed and anti-aging rose hip oils.
The Take-It-Anywhere Stick
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, $50, barneys.com
Each housed in a sumptuous dove gray tube, editorial makeup pro Gucci Westman’s impressive pitch perfect blush sticks glide over skin seamlessly and supply just the right amount of pigment for a wildly flattering pop of color. Bonus points: They look just as good on lips.
The Feels-Like-Nothing Liquid
Armani A-Blush, $38, barneys.com
Designed with powder-phobes in mind, Armani’s sheer, water-based blush comes in a sweep of washed out pinks and blends beautifully for a luminous, second-skin finish.
The Finger Paint-Ready Tube
Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, glossier.com
From deep fuchsia (Haze) to warm rose (Storm), Glossier’s sunset-inspired shades are modern cult classics due to their buildable, finger paint gel-cream texture.