Be the definition of a "blushing bride" with these shades.
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There's nothing that can take the place of a great blush—it gives your complexion a healthy glow, like the one you used to have as a child. It's basically every makeup artist's staple when working with brides. The secret to nailing that coveted flush with makeup? Finding the right formula for your skin type.
Cream blushes are great for brides with dry skin; a few dabs patted into your skin will give you a dewy glow that won't get flaky or patchy. If you have normal or oily skin, the classic powder blush works wonders. And liquid works for everyone—they're usually more concentrated and have deeper pigments, so a little goes a long way. Blush sticks are also becoming more popular, too. They're an effortless way to get an all-over glow—you can apply them to your lips, cheeks, and even a bit to the eyes for a pretty monochrome look that adds color without feeling too done. They're also the easiest to apply, even for those who aren't adept at makeup. Just pat a few dots on your face and rub them in with your fingers. (This also makes them really great for reapplying on the go.) Another genius makeup tip: Since you want long-lasting coverage for your wedding, layering blushes with different textures will help lock in the color. (That's a tip Meghan Markle's makeup artist, Daniel Martin, told us long ago.) Start with a cream and then lightly dust powder on top—and voilà, a healthy, pretty flush that will stay put.
Here, we've rounded up our favorite blushes for brides. Whether you decide to layer or stick with just liquid, cream, or powder, we've got you covered for your wedding day.
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This blush claims to last 12 hours, and though we haven't kept it on for that long, we can confirm that it stays put the entire workday. That means it's bound to last throughout a wedding ceremony and reception. We're partial to Dollface, a pale pink, and Blushing Bride—go figure—a rosy pink.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $29, sephora.com.
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An easy way to contour without really contouring? Use blush instead of bronzer. Each shade of these powder blushes comes with a darker tone in the middle and a lighter tone around the perimeter. Apply the darker tone to the apples of your cheeks and the lighter shade to your cheekbones. If you'd like to use blush more conventionally, just swirl it all together and apply as usual!
Charlotte Tilbury "Cheek to Chic" Swish & Pop Blusher, $29.76, net-a-porter.com.
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These lightweight, water-based liquid blushes sink into your skin so well, and they don't settle into pores or fine lines. They're perfect to use for a "no-makeup makeup" look.
Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush, $38, giorgioarmanibeauty.com.
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Did you think we'd do a story about the best blushes and not include Nars? This one's a given—it's a perennial favorite and takes home nearly every beauty award, and that's because it's pure gold. It really does give you the perfect flush.
Nars Blush, $30, narscosmetics.com.
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Yes, this blush looks extremely bright in the compact, but once you apply it, it adjusts to your skin tone, creating a flattering shade of pink. It's one of those color-adjusting formulas that works on everyone—and it really does!
Dior "Diorskin" Rosy Glow, $44, dior.com.
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For brides who love the dewy look, Make Beauty's dew pot will be your favorite do-it-all product. Use your fingers to apply it to your lips and cheeks. It gives you a pretty, illuminated look and contains vitamins C and E to protect your skin.
Make Beauty Dew Pot, $20, net-a-porter.com.
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If you're getting married in a hot, humid climate, try one of these cheek gels. They're oil free and hypoallergenic, and they add light hydration plus a sheer burst of color to the cheeks.
Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel, $14, pixibeauty.com.