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Beauty

beauty mark: cream blush

welcome spring with a full-on flush.

If the past few months of sun deprivation have left your complexion looking a bit vampiric, you might want to consider faking a rush of blood to your cheeks. Cream blush is the quickest route to that just-ran-through-a-meadow glow.

For the most believable faux flush, pinch your cheek and match your blush to that color. Just rub a little on the apples of your cheeks, then blend outwards along your cheekbones, and you’re good to go. Here are a ten that will wake up your face.

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever, $9

Do the dew with this stick! Pearl particles are the key to looking radiant.

Butter London Cheeky Cream Blush in Pistol Pink, $20

With a trio of natural butters, this double duty blush also keeps cheeks hydrated.

Stila Convertible Color in Camellia, $25

If you prefer a barely-there flush, reach for this super sheer option.

DuWop Cheek Venom, $24

Who knew snake venom (in conjunction with essential oils) could produce such a natural-looking flush?

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Peach, $25

Get an airbrushed look without having to use one of those complicated airbrush machines with this blendable blush.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210, $26

Created with the harsh reality of HD technology in mind, this weightless blush is basically imperceptible to the naked eye.

NARS Matte Multiple in Laos, $39

The cult fave Multiple is now available sans sparkle. Because not everyone wants their face to shine bright like a diamond.

Chanel Le Blush Crrème de Chanel in Chamade, $38

It’s a cream! It’s a powder! It’s both! With the smooth texture of a cream and the satiny finish of a powder, you get the best of both worlds.

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush, $21

The transfer- and water-resistant formula gives this stick serious staying power.

Josie Maran Argan Cream Blush in Sunkissed, $22

Packed with complexion-loving ingredients like argan and avocado oils, jojoba, and flax seed, this all-natural formula does amazing things for dull, dry skin.