In the thick of the contouring craze, rose-colored swirls of blush on the high points of cheeks felt out of fashion—that is, until blush’s runway comeback at the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear shows. Vibrant washes of red were draped across models’ cheekbones and up to their brows in a salient nod to the ‘80’s at Kenzo and Chanel. Meanwhile, rose-colored blush gave the models at Jacquemus a burst of color to brighten their features against the neutral color of the clothes. Those not quite ready to part ways with their contouring kits can take a beauty cue from Prada and sweep some color on the hollows of their cheeks for subtle definition. Click through the gallery for seven supercharged creams, powders, and portable sticks that will make you blush.
Blush is Back: 7 Supercharged Formulas to Shop
Air Blush Soft Glow Duo An ode to the late Way Bandy—who introduced him to the draping technique in the ‘80’s—Marc Jacobs launched the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo. Formulated with Japanese air powder and using the soufflage technique (French for air whipped), the creamy product comes in Jacobs’ signature stripe pattern and features light and dark shades to highlight and contour.
US $ 42
Baby Doll Kiss and Blush A unique lip and cheek stain, the multi-tasking product is dabbed on the apples of cheeks or lips for a long lasting burst of color. Formulated in 13 different shades that range from fuchsia to nude, the air-whipped mousse dries matte, so that you don’t have to worry about touch-ups.
US $ 40
Cremeblend Blush A creamy texture that melts into the skin and recreates a fresh-from-the-beach glow, the cremeblend blush is lightweight and easy to apply. The blendable blush comes in five different shades. Those with warm skin tones should reach for coral and peach (Something Special and Posey), and those with darker complexions can opt for pink and orange shades (So Sweet, So Easy).
US $ 23
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector This limited edition collection marries a matte mineral blush with a shimmering highlighter to streamline your morning mirror time (and makeup bag). Available in four different shades, the duos are intensely pigmented, so remember: less is more.
US $ 38
Crème Cheek Color This formula melts effortlessly into skin to create a natural glow that stays put throughout the whole day. Dab onto the apples of cheeks and drape upwards toward your cheekbones for a youthful look.
US $ 26
Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Five hues come together to create this radiant palette of pink, beige, and coral. The soft formula is easily blended and won’t leave behind a cakey finish. Those who prefer a warmer glow should swirl their brush in the top half of the palette to pick up the coral-colored powder.
US $ 70
The Multiple in Riviera For the woman on the go, this pigmented formula comes in a stick so you don’t have to worry about it breaking in your bag. For a quick touch-up, swipe the formula across the cheeks and pat gently using your fingertips for a soft shimmer.
US $ 39