We learned long ago that makeup—like Cinderella’s glass slipper, or our mom’s vintage Chanel blazer (tear)—isn’t one size fits all. However, there is a loophole to this rule: namely, blushes. Beyond Nars’s iconic Orgasm ($30), there’s a whole world of rosy and peachy powder and cream shades that make you look delightfully, naturally flushed—like you just had the most Zen workout ever, decked out in Ivy Park. The best part? You can purchase with abandon, as these magical blushes have all been approved and vetted by the industry’s top makeup artists as 100% universally flattering.
So whether you’re more of a Lupita or a Gigi, feel free to peruse—and perhaps purchase—the below with confidence. Click through below to see the world's most flattering blushes!
Makeup artist: Matin
Clients: Lena Dunham, Claire Danes, Natalie Dormer
"The one shade that looks gorgeous on all skin tones is a cream blush from Chanel called Chamade. It is a cream blush that’s bright reddish-pink. I use it with a round skunk brush first to disperse and sheer out on my hands, then to the apple of the cheeks. I use it very softly or very intense, depending on the look I want to achieve. I've used on fair-skinned girls like Claire [Danes] and Lena [Dunham], as well as very dark skin, like Lupita Nyong’o’s."
[Ed note: This blush was limited edition and has since sold out. For a similar shade, try Chanel's Powder Blush, $45, in Vibration.]
Makeup artist: Lora Arellano
Clients: Iggy Azalea, Rihanna
"This is a beautiful peachy coral blush with a gold glow. If you use it on fair skin, I suggest applying with a fluffy brush to soften the color. And for more color on a darker skin tone, you can apply directly to the skin. It’s perfect, especially going into summer!"
Makeup artist: Erin Ayanian Monroe
Clients: Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning
"This is my all-time favorite universally flattering blush. It's a really vibrant, highly pigmented warm red without any shimmer. It can look intimidating in the pan, but it looks magically natural when applied with a light hand on pale skin. It also has a total absence of white or gray, so it will never look ashy, on even the deepest of skin tones. I've used it on everyone from Elle Fanning to Aisha Tyler to Lucy Liu, and it just looks like a gorgeous natural flush on everyone.”
Makeup artist: Aleetha Clanton
"There are tons of great blushes to choose from, but this one from Nars is hands down the best choice, since it flatters all skin tones and gives an amazing flush of color to the skin. This blush looks good with or without foundation, and can be worn with daytime or evening makeup.”
Makeup artist: Joy Fennell
"This rosy-brown blush from MAC is flecked with gold and works well on any skin tone. The buildable texture allows you to work up to whatever color payoff you desire. It’s one of my go-to products!"
Makeup artist: Kelly Hunt
Clients: Amber Valletta, Lizzy Caplan
"One of my favorite and most-used blush shades is this one from Stila. It's a nice pinky-brown shade that works great on both cool and warm undertones, as well as on all skin shades. It's a creamy blush that goes on sheer, but can build for more punch. I also love this blush because it gives a healthy glow to the skin and can be used on the lips to create a monochromatic, effortless look.”
Makeup artist: Erin Skipley
Clients: Ashley Tisdale, Jordana Brewster
“If I had one blush color in my kit, it would be this multitasking shade from RMS. It's a luminous rose gold color that's flattering on any skin tone. I use it alone to give a skin a warm highlight or a subtle, glowing contour. The warm golden hue lights up any complexion, and the cream texture gives the skin a sophisticated polish.”
Makeup artist: Aga J
“I love Tom Ford’s Pink Sand. It’s a shade that looks great on everyone, and his blush formula is my favorite; it’s buttery and dense and super blendable."
Makeup artist: Julie Harris
Clients: Kate Hudson, Allison Williams, Rashida Jones
“This blush is a warm pink, and I like to use a dab on the apples of the cheeks to give a glow to the skin. I love it because it's not too warm, and it's not too cool, so I find it works well on most skin tones. I love it for anyone with golden undertones, like Camila Alves, but I've also used it on creamy skin tones as well, like Sarah Paulson and Julianne Hough.”
Makeup artist: Vanessa Scali
Clients: America Ferrera, Anna Kendrick, Christina Hendricks
"If you run up a flight of stairs what color would your cheeks flush? No matter your skin tone or ethnicity, they would be pink-rose color—which is why my favorite universal cheek color is this shade from Stila. The pigment in the compact appears strong, but don’t let that fool you. The cream formula and true rose color make this the most versatile and wearable shade."
If you do not want to use your fingers to apply a cream product, try applying it with a duo fiber brush.
"My favorite brush is MAC’s DuoFibre Brush ($42). It makes it easy to apply a touch for a healthy flush or build it up for rosy milkmaid cheeks."
Makeup artist: Fabiola
Clients: Maggie Q, Sophia Bush
"My favorite universal blush for all skin tones is Tom Ford's blush in Wicked. It's the perfect pink-peach blush, which complements all my clients with fair to olive skin tones."
Makeup artist: Daniel Martin
Clients: Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth
“This is a no-brainer! This blush from Dior creates a lit-from-within glow, so it appears the pinkness is coming through your makeup, rather than just sitting on the skin. Layer it for a deeper tone, or use a dual fiber brush for a barely-there appearance. It's the most flattering pink blush for any skin tone!”
Makeup artist: Rebecca Restrepo
Clients: Emily Blunt, Stephanie Spigman,
“A peachy coral blush is the most universally flattering color for all skin tones, from the fairest to the richest. It works because it's a balance of both warm and cool undertones; it also adds brightness and youthfulness to any face. My favorite is this version from Surratt Beauty. I use it on literally everyone, including myself.”
Speaking of blush, here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply cream blush like a pro.