Powder vs. Cream Blush: How to Pick the Right One for You

Model wearing a natural looking pink cream blush

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Makeup contouring gives you a more flattering, sculpted look, but a few swipes of blush can instantly brighten the face, complementing its glow. The pop of color is available in countless shades, so you’re destined to find one that suits your skin tone. But how do you pick the perfect blush? Powder is the most popular formula, but creams (which can also include a tint or gel texture) are gaining popularity.

Powder blush works with all skin types, but it’s best suited to those with oily skin. The densely-packed powder goes on silky and gives a matte finish. It’s also easy to apply — just use a brush and blend — and has serious staying power. Cream blush, on the other hand, is great for aging or dry skin. These formulas are hydrating and give a dewy look when applied. They’re also really lightweight, which tends to give a more natural flush with a pretty sheen.

Regardless of which formula you choose, blush should provide a natural, healthy glow that highlights cheekbones and livens up your complexion. Check out 10 of our favorite cream and powder options below.