The expert edit: 8 blushes you can rely on for a fresh and radiant flush

Our panel of pros dish their favourites

Editor / October 28 2021

Kim Pham, Makeup Artist

@kimkpham

NARS Liquid Blush in Torrid & Youthforia BYO Blush

"NARS Liquid Blush in ‘Torrid’ is quite possibly the best colour to bring out a bright, youthful, and natural flush to the skin. It's in between a peachy-watermelon colour for a beautiful sunkissed rouge and the pigment is insane! I only use half a pump at a time. A close contender (and one I will be keeping in my makeup bag for the summer) is the Youthforia BYO Blush; a green, colour-changing blush that transforms my cheek into its best dewy, natural blush hue.”

NARS Liquid Blush in ‘Torrid’, $43 at MECCA

Youthforia BYO Blush, approx $48 AUD ($36 USD) at youthforia.co

nars-liquid-blush

Sam, Editor at BEAUTYcrew

@samgmcmeekin

STILA Convertible Colour in ‘Lillium’

"This blush may look unassuming in the pan, but I’ve learnt that’s usually the sign of a good ‘my skin just looks like this’ blush. It has a beautiful juicy finish that leaves you looking facial fresh and it layers inconspicuously over any base. It’s a healthy hit of colour, though, so use little and layer. I find a stippling brush is best for this cream formula.”

$36 at MECCA

Diandra Malivindi, Beauty Writer at ELLE Australia and marie claire Australia

@diandramalivindi

ILIA Multistick in ‘At Last’ 

“Trust me, wearing a cream blush during a sweaty summer can work wonders, especially for my dry skin. Personally, I opt for a swipe of ILIA’s Multistick to the cheeks for a vibrant yet natural-looking wash of colour. And don't forget, you can pat the product onto the eyelids and lips for a speedy and cohesive look while en route to your next spritz by the sea.”

$48 at MECCA

ilia cream blush

Neha Prasad, Content Creator

@neehaaa_ 

FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 'Summertime Wine'

“FENTY have outdone themselves with this formula. It melts into the skin, is super blendable and also very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Plus, you can double it as a lip tint. The product is very light on the skin which is perfect for spring and summer as you don't feel it on your face. I cannot recommend it enough!”

$33 at Sephora

fenty cream blush

Delaney, Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew

@delaneyloane

Ciaté London Dewy Blush in ‘Papaya’

As a dry-skinned gal (for whom powder blush usually ends up patchy), I always thought ‘dewy blush’ was more of a lofty aspiration than an actual possibility, but you better believe this glossy gel-balm gets my dull face there on the daily. It houses hydrating hyaluronic acid, leaves cheeks positively gleaming, and comes in an array of poppy colours (though this fresh peach is definitely my shade pick for spring).”

$31 at MECCA

ciate dewy blush

Aja, Editor at BEAUTYDIRECTORY

@aja_rose 

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in ‘Ecstasy’

“This may be a powder blush, but the creamy formulation with finely crushed pearls is like no other. The rich colour pigment means a little goes a long way, and the two tone design leaves my cheeks juicy with a pinky-coral hue, while adding a pop of glow at the same time.”

$55 at charlottetilbury.com/au

charlotte tilbury blush

Maria Thattil, Model, Diversity Advocate, Content Creator and TV Personality

@mariathattil 

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

“I love the creamy texture and shade range of this blush; it has a mix of neutral, warm and peachy hues to work with my brown skin. The pigment settles into the skin best when you have hydrated adequately, so I’ll start with the Olay Regenerist Whip Moisturiser. Light, airy and breathable, I love how matte and shine-free it makes my skin.” 

$42 at clinique.com.au

clinique cheek pop

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