How to Choose and Apply Blush

Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow shares cheeky advice for getting your look just right.

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Find Your Match


Powder: Good for acne-prone and oily skin types. Less dewy than creams, creating a soft, airbrushed feel.

To Apply: Dip a blush brush into product and tap off excess powder. Sweep from apple of cheek to hairline, adding a touch on forehead and chin for allover radiance.

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Cream Flush


Cream: Better on drier complexions and should be applied after moisturizer. The emollient formula blends into skin for that "post-workout" glow.

To Apply: Rub on with fingers, making sure to diffuse edges. Focus on the apple of the cheek (under the center of the eye) for a bright, youthful look.

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Best Blushes for Fair Skin


Pink, light coral and apricot shades.

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Tipsy, $30

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Best Blushes for Olive Skin


Berry, plum and bronze tones.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Sunrise, $9

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Best Blushes for Dark Skin


Bright pink or orange hues.

Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Bang, $24