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When it comes to our complexion, we have a few requirements: our skin must be flawless, our highlight game must be on point, and we have to have the most natural-looking blush possible. But actually finding the perfect blush—you know, something that makes us look like we’re pleasantly flushed from a quick run—can sometimes be a serious challenge.
Or it was until now. We’ve rounded up five of the best natural-looking blushes that look good on a range of skin tones. If you’ve ever dreamed of having roses in your cheeks, consider your wish granted.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten: the universal natural-looking blush.
This golden-toned pink is flattering on literally every skin tone. It’s the perfect way to add a natural, summertime flush to your cheeks without going totally overboard, and the formula is so supreme that it truly will last a full 12 hours. Bonus: because the finish is ever so slightly shiny, you won’t have to add highlighter overtop.
NARS Blush in Reckless ($30): the perfect blush for pale babes.
If you’re very fair and want to add some natural-looking color without going full circus clown, we suggest you get Reckless. This light pink applied to the apples of your cheeks gives you a hint of color and shine that enhances, rather than covers up, your natural pallor.
Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude: amazing on medium and olive skin tones.
If you’ve despaired of finding the perfect “my cheeks but better” blush that doesn’t make your olive complexion look green, look no further. Not only is this formula lightweight and buildable (which makes it perfect for summer), it’s the actual perfect shade to add some subtle color to your cheeks.
Lancome Blush Subtil in Aplumb: for deep-complected darlings.
Dark skin tones aren’t exempt from naturally flushed cheeks; the trick is finding a shade rich and warm enough to enhance your skin, rather than layering too-light shades on top of it. Aplumb is a rich, yet sheer rosy shade with a slightly pearlescent finish that will look magnificent on you; and because the formula is lightweight and oil-free, you know it’s also good for your skincare game.
Clinique Cheek Pop in Pink Pop: for the daring.
If you want a natural, yet bright blush that leaves you looking like a character in a Jane Austen novel who’s just heard an off-color joke, Pink Pop is perfect for you. Sheer yet bright, it’s a high-impact pink that somehow manages to both flatter every skin tone AND look totally natural. It’s basically magic, is what we’re saying.
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