With just a quick sweep of blush, you can take your look from drab to fab, instantly. But with a multitude of shades to choose from, it can be somewhat confusing to pick the shade that’s right for you. Don't fret—we've found several options suitable for various complexions.

For Light Skin:

Celebrity Inspiration: Jordin Sparks, Beyoncé

Jordin and Beyoncé's natural yet glowing look on the apple of their cheeks is a perfect example how blush should be worn.


Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine ($24; lauramercier.com) 

For those with a lighter complexion, we advise choosing a shade that is soft but not overpowering. This delicate peachy coral by Laura Mercier encompasses all of the qualities you should look for in a blush. Bonus points for the luminous sheen it leaves behind on your cheeks.

L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Barely Blushing ($7.97, Walmart.com)

As the name suggests, this blush blends easily into your skin leaving behind a light veil or color. This shade is just right for everyday wear.

For Medium Skin:

Celebrity Inspiration: Nia Long, Kerry Washington

Both Kerry and Nia's flushed cheeks look amazing for a walk down the red carpet or night on the town.


MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Desert Rose ($21.00; maccosmetics.com)

For medium skin tones, try a matte finish blush without any shimmer for a cool, contrasting look. We love MAC's blush in Desert Rose—a burgundy hue to give you a dramatic healthy flush.

NARS Blush in Taos ($29.00, narscosmetics.com)

The smooth texture of this blush will leave a silk-like finish on the apples of your cheeks. Although it's a bit pigmented, it will give you the glow your face desires.

For Dark Skin

Celebrity Inspiration: Viola Davis, Tika Sumpter

Actresses Viola Davis and Tika Sumpter have both mastered the art of using bright undertones to enhance their cheekbones for flawless results.


 Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Libido ($26; Sephora.com)

This is the first cream blush on our list, but don't be scared! Cream blushes add a sheer wash of color that is buildable for an overall dewy finish. Use your fingers to dot on color and blend in well.

Iman Luxury Blushing Powder in Sable

This plum shade is very complementing for darker skin tones. It will leave people wondering do you or don't you have a little blusher on! 

-Ashley Okwuosa