While concealer and mascara get all the glory, blush is one of those under-the-radar beauty products that so many people sleep on. One makeup expert explained blush to me this way: “You only need to use a little on the apples of your cheeks and your face will look instantly better. Period.” And he was so right. Blush isn’t hard to use and just a little can make a really big impact.
If you’re not using blush on the regular, it’s time for you to come into the light. We rounded up the best blushes below–starting at just $4.99!–so add one (or a few!) to your makeup bag ASAP.
The Best Blushes
Highlights: Richly pigmented and highly buildable; under $10; cruelty-free; mirror and mini brush are included
“I’ve been really into blushes lately and have built up quite a collection. When I heard about Milani budget blushes I had to try them. Don’t let the price fool you though. This blush is the real deal. I love the sheerness but also how you can build it for a bolder look. It also stayed on the whole day... For less than $10 Milani is definitely worth a try. The only con is the case isn’t the best quality (it’s really what’s inside that counts though) so if you plan to travel with it make sure it’s secured.” – April
Highlights: Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion
“The brand’s OG blush is still one of my absolute favorites to this day. It gives you the perfect amount of color and shimmer to your cheeks for a natural finish.” – Alisha
Highlights: Buildable color; soft, natural-bristle brush included; takes your complexion from dull to radiant with a hint of shimmer
“The best blush is Benefit Dandelion. It’s the perfect subtle shade–it definitely looks like you’re wearing blush, but also so natural.” – Justine
Highlights: Blendable cream-to-powder formula; can be used as eyeshadow, lipstick, and/or blush; cruelty-free; vegan; under $5
“There are so many reasons I love this multi-purpose stick from e.l.f. The price, the fact that I can use it on my cheeks and lips, the fact that it’s super easy to use… the light goes on. Plus, it’s small and compact so I can carry it around for touch-ups throughout the day and it doesn’t weight down my bag.” – Jeanine (Read more about why I love this blush here)
Highlights: Uses Photoluminescent Technology to manipulate favorable light for added depth and dimension; neutralizes discoloration and minimizes the look of wrinkles and imperfections; buildable color
“The Photoluminescent Technology in Hourglass’ blush really helps it adapt well to each individual’s skin, giving it a soft-focus look and some slight color correcting. The blush itself is soo pretty on the skin, and the compact is gorgeous too!”– Morgan
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