24 Amazing Blushes to Create a Natural Dewy Sun-Kissed Blush Look All Year Round

Farah Gasimzade By Farah Gasimzade12 min read

Regardless of what season you are in, and what season is outside, you might want to keep this beautiful sun-kissed blush (read as “healthy glow”) that you’ve got during the summertime all year round.

For me, the healthy glow starts with a blush that adds a wash of color to your face. Today blushes come in a variety of formulas and finishes, from powders to creams, liquids, sticks, and even cushions! The shades may vary from one product to another. Honestly, there is no limitation on a shade or finish, as long as it warms up your complexion and gives you a gorgeous sun-touched healthy glow.

With this in mind, here are my top 24 blushes to get that beautiful sun-kissed blush look throughout the year.


Cheek to Chic Blush in Ecstasy ($40, Buy Now)

When I think of Charlotte Tilbury, I picture healthy glowing skin and effortlessly natural-looking makeup. I’ll start with her cult compact creamy duo powder blush. Each shade consists of two colors “filled with finely crushed pearls” for a glowing complexion. I like the shade Ecstasy as it has that light bronzish shade in the outer rim for your cheekbones and a coral shade in the center to add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks. You can apply them separately or mix them together.


Blush in Orgasm ($16-$32, Buy Now)

Cult-favorite, iconic blush from Nars comes in an oversized pan. This shade was designed to flatter any complexion and its warm golden shimmer with flush pink undertone will work perfectly for any season. Use it with your favorite bronzer if you want to add even more warmth to your skin. Keep in mind that those golden inclusions might be visible on the skin, so if you have texture on your skin, I’d recommend skipping on this one.


Ambient® Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra ($43, Buy Now)


Hourglass takes the blush game to the next level by using a Photoluminescent Technology that gives depth and dimension to your cheeks. The powder is extremely lightweight and creamy and contains optically transparent particles that contribute to the multidimensional effect. It also features soft-focus technology that minimizes the look of fine lines and imperfections by filtering out the harsh light.  The Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra has peach undertones and is an absolute must-have for a glowing sun-kissed blush look. Also available in mini size.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Golden Rose Edit ($74, Buy Now)

Hourglass has just expanded its bespoke Ambient Lighting Collection with this new limited edition Golden Rose Edit palette. This palette includes four powders: a highlighter(Celestial Strobe), two blushes (Incandescent Rose on top, Dim Infusion on the bottom), and a bronzer (Golden Bronze light), all designed to give your skin a radiant sunkissed blush glow. The powders in the palette feature the same photoluminescent technology that ensures that your complexion looks smooth and glowing.


Philanthropy Cheek Shade in Emotions ($42, Buy Now)

These refillable, all-skin tones flattering blushes are embossed with a purpose: each animal embossment represents a conservation it supports. By choosing a shade, you will support a particular cause as the company is donating to charity 5% of the net proceeds of every blush sold. I picked shade Emotions, as I find it to have the right amount of corals and warmth and I love the gold embellishment in the center.

The blushes blend nicely, but after you “break the seal” and start using the blush, the shimmer on the embellishment fades. However thanks to finely milled pigments you still get a glowing veil on your cheeks, without any caky or glittery finish. By the way, this blush is refillable, which is another good thing about this pressed blush in a pebble-shaped compact.


Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Bronzer in Light Warm ($53, Buy Now)

The Sun Kissed Blush blog was inspired by Guerlain Terracotta powder back in the days when my cousin and I had an idea to create a beauty blog one day. Terracotta Light bronzers remain one of my favorite products until today. Each pallet contains both bronzing and blush shades to help you achieve the sun-kissed effect effortlessly. It comes in 6 shades to enhance any complexion from fair to deep. My personal choice is shade 00 Light Cool. The rose shade has a golden reflect that adds warmth to it.

Recently, Guerlain has reformulated their Terracotta powders, and now they can boast 96% naturally derived ingredients. Another favorite part about these powders is that they are infused with a Guerlain fragrance. If you are sensitive to fragrances you may want to skip on this.


Gen Nude Pressed Powder Blush in Kiss of Pink ($25.00, Buy Now)

Speaking of luminous sun-touched blush, we can’t miss this viral BareMinerals’ Gen Nude Blonzer collection which features 3 sun-kissed shades for blushes combined with bronzers, with all the right undertones, including pink and peach.  For lighter complexions like mine, I’d suggest using the Kiss of Pink shade which is a warm pink blush with a radiant finish. While this shade is said to work across all complexions, I believe people with deeper skin tones would prefer Kiss of Rose instead. The formula is free of talc and features clean ingredients. The blush instantly warms up the complexion adding nice sheer color to your cheeks. The coverage is buildable from sheer to medium, and like with other products from the Gen Nude collection, it is easy to use and hard to overdo.


Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush in Bossy ($27, Buy Now)

This cushion blush remains an absolute innovation for me. Together with Memebox, Sephora has created its first K-beauty line – the Kaja brand. Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush is something you have definitely never tried before. At least, I haven’t.

As expected from the name, it’s a press stamp blush with a heart-shaped sponge applicator.  You press the cushion on each cheek once for a natural glow or twice for a pop of color. My personal choice is 03 Bossy as it has tropical coral shade and in my opinion, works best across different complexions.


Cloud Paint in Beam ($20, Buy Now)

Beam shade might seem a very bright shade when you squeeze it out of the tube for the first time, but don’t let that first impression fool you: once you blend it out, you’ll be surprised to see how it adds a natural soft flush to your skin. Gel-cream formula literally melts in your skin under your fingertips and little goes a long way. This liquid blush yields a soft-focus finish that is perfect for people with textured skin.


Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Joy ($20, Buy Now)

Rare Beauty launched Soft Pinch Liquid Blushes for those who blush unapologetically. If you are not afraid to blush, this is the match made in heaven.
The high-pigment formula lasts all day, and at the same time, is weightless, builds seamlessly, and looks naturally like a second skin. I have several colors in my collection, but the most sun-kissed shade, for me, is Joy – a muted peach shade with a dewy finish and silky texture.

For newbie blushers, I’d recommend using just a dot on each cheek and blending it well with a brush and building from there – after all, maybe you won’t be a newbie anymore.

Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Apricot ($21, Buy Now)

If you are more on the soft-blush side, consider this award-winning cream blush from Rare Beauty. The breakthrough water-resistant formula combines pigments with a non-greasy blend of weightless oils and spherical powders for a natural soft-focus wash of color. This liquid-like cream blush is mistake-proof as it melts on contact and blends seamlessly to a satin finish flush.

The formula won’t cake, crease, or clog pores and the packaging it comes in is adorable. Stay Vulnerable Blush also has a matching Liquid Eyeshadow and Glossy lip balm to complete the look.


Soft Pop Blush Stick in Soft Coral ($28, Buy Now)

This dual-ended blush stick in Soft Coral is one of the easiest way to get a sun-kissed sheer of color to the cheeks. Mario developed this emollient-infused moisturizing formula to work across all skin types to get a naturally-looking radiance minus an oily feeling. 

I love the buildable coverage, fresh, dewy finish and seamless blending of this blush, and its packaging with a brush on the other end makes it one of my favorite blushes to have with me on the go.


Make Me Blush Talc-Free Velvet Blush in Phoenix ($29, Buy Now)

Lawless Beauty is one of my favorite clean makeup brands and I was super excited when they launched their blushers collection. The blushes are silky soft, talc-free, and packed with skin-loving ingredients. These blushes blend nicely into the skin. If you prefer more warmth in your blush to achieve the so-called “sun-burnt look” I’d go with Phoenix shade – a warm burnished apricot with a radiant finish. If you love more corals in your sun-kissed blush as I do lately, I’d recommend trying Soft Nectar – a fresh pinky coral shade with a matte finish that will add a healthy flush to your complexion.


On-the-Glow Blush & Illuminator in Coral Rose/Nude ($38, Buy Now)

One of my recent favorites is this On-the-Go blush and highlighter duo from Wander Beauty. It has recently been reformulated (as most of the Wander Beauty products) and now is more “cleaner” than ever. I like the natural nude highlighter and the soft coral shade that I can apply all over my face for a perfect, monochromatic look. In addition to reformulation, Wander Beauty also updated the packaging design.


BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush in Rush Hour ($20, Buy Now)

Tower 28 Beach Please cream blushes are perhaps, the most sun-kissed blush-able collection ever released. These “Clean at Sephora” cream blushes have buildable coverage and blend well in the skin. The formula can be applied with fingers or a brush for more coverage. While all of the shades are gorgeous, – I have at least four “sun-kissed” shades in my collection, I find myself reaching out more to the Happy Hour shade – a sun-kissed coral pink and Rush Hour, a sun-kissed peach shade. Sometimes, I even layer them, using Rush Hour as a base all over my cheeks and bridge of my nose, and Happy Hour as a pop of color on the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush. The best part is you can also apply them to your lips! Needless to say, they stay on all day long!


The Neo Blush in Pink Sand ($38, Buy Now)

If you are looking for the most naturally looking powder blush, definitely consider Kevyn Aucoin Neo blushes. Each blush comes with a gradient of three shades, including shimmering blush, matte blush, and a bronzing blush Pink Sand is my personal favorite. Because of the soft pigment, it is hard to ruin your look with this product. The formula is buildable and blends well into the skin.


Cream Blush in Sun Touched ($56, Buy Now)

I love the balanced sun-kissed blush shade of Kjaer Weis’s’s refillable cream blush. The formula is long wear and yields buildable coverage with a matte finish. I prefer picking the product with my clean fingers and warming them up at the back of my hands for easy application. This clean formula works all over the face for a monochromatic warm look.

Before you buy: the cream blush and the case are sold separately, so make sure you purchase both if you decide to try this blush.


Major Beauty Headlines – Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush in Do We Know Her? ($34, Buy Now)

She is bright, and she is bold, but don’t let that part of her scare you – this blush duo in this whimsical bright shade looks absolutely stunning on the skin. The cream blush feels and blends in a wearable sheer coral balm, and the powder blush is perfect for warming up your complexion for an ideal sunburnt blush look. Pair them together or wear them separately – blusher’s choice!


L’Orchidée Highlighter Blush in Coral 3 ($120, Buy Now)

Sisley L’Orchidée Highlighter Blush is the most expensive blusher that I have in my collection, and look how gorgeous she is! This “highlighter blush” features three easily blendable shades that enhance and sculpt at the same time.
The soft, pearly, light-diffusing sparkles bring luxurious radiance to your skin while its micronized pigments and pearls provide an immediate glow.

The formula is also enriched with skin-loving white lily to preserve the comfort and softness of the skin. I love to swirl a brush to pick up and mix all the shades and then apply them to my cheeks in a circular motion.
Although the gold embellishment fades after the first use, it doesn’t affect how the shade looks on your skin.


Cor De Rosa Blush Palette ($49, Buy Now)

Last year Sigma Beauty relaunched a makeup collection inspired by their iconic Cor-De-Rosa blush shade. Their recent launch includes Cor-de-Rosa blush palette. Cor-de-Rosa means “color of the roses” and the palette includes 6 matte and metallic blushes that will help you achieve the most flattering flush on your face.  The palette includes my favorite Cor-De-Rosa shade that can be described as earthy, flushed neutral matte – a well-balanced sunburnt blush shade with the right amount of warmth and redness. Cor-De-Rosa blush is also sold separately in new packaging. By the way, the formula of the blush was also reformulated according to Sigma Beauty Clean standards.


Flush Balm Cream Blush in Beverly Hills (28, Buy Now)

If you prefer the balmy tint on your cheeks, consider Flush Balm from Merit Beauty. The formula is super sheer, and balmy, blends super easily, and adds a touch of glowy color to your cheeks. My favorite sun-kissed blush shade is Beverly Hills – a soft peach shade that has enough warmth and color in it. My preferred way of application is swiping the balm on my cheeks and blending the edges. It works perfectly with bare skin or over the makeup. This blush was formulated with esthetician Biba de Sousa, it doesn’t clog pores nor contains any acne-causing ingredients. The packaging is super convenient to keep it in your purse.


Skin Fetish Divine Powder Blush in Nude Venus ($39, Buy Now)

Pat Macgrath Labs is one of the best makeup brands on the market, so when the brand released powder blushes I couldn’t resist trying them out and I was not disappointed. This velvety blush is featherlight, blends like a dream, and hugs your cheeks in a beautiful flush of color without disturbing any layers of makeup or skincare underneath. I like the shade Nude Venus – a peachy pink shade with golden pearl, a very balanced sunkissed blush shade. It adds a healthy glow to my skin without compromising my glowy complexion underneath.


Glow Sculpt Multi-Use Cream Highlighting Blush in Peachglow ($32, Buy Now)

My recent addition to the blush collection, this cream blush adds a beautiful flush with a glow that melts into your skin. My favorite shade is Peachglow – a shimmering, warm, pinky peach with a warm golden reflect. The clean talc-free formula is packed with moisturizing ingredients such as kukui oil and hyaluronic acids for added skincare benefits. The best part – this silky blush-highlighter hybrid is refillable.


LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Sun-Kissed Powder in Light Coral ($95, Buy Now)

Chanel Beauty has just released new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sun Kissed Powders for all skin tones, and I’m obsessed! My blushers know how much I love some good sun-kissed blushes, especially powders with a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter all in one palette. I chose the best-selling Light Coral shade for my light complexion. It is a limited-edition oversized palette, and you can use it all over to replicate the gorgeous French Riviera tan. It is surprisingly very pigmented yet looks so natural on the skin. C’est Magnifique! 

BAUME ESSENTIEL Multi-Use Glow Stick in ROSÉE ($48, Buy Now)

Another great multi-use product from Chanel, this is a hydrating sheer balm that adds a color veil for the face, eyes, and lips. Its smooth and silky texture gives a subtle radiance to the skin, resembling glass skin getting sun-kissed. The balm comes in a twist-up case that makes it easy to use while on the go. Its sheer formula provides a fresh and dewy effect, and it can be applied to areas of the face that naturally catch the light, such as the cheekbones, nose bridge, and Cupid’s bow. You can blend it with your fingertips and use it alone or over makeup to add glow and sculpt your face as desired.


Backstage Rosy Glow Blush in 012 Rosewood ($40, Buy Now)

This unique blush contains color reviver technology that responds to the skin’s moisture level when applied, resulting in a personalized rosy glow. 012 Rosewood is a very subtle rosewood shade with just enough balance or warmth and rosiness and works for an everyday makeup look.

Did you find your favorite blush on the list? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  • slimmingtea48
    October 27, 2018

    Farah , love the post – Great pics

    • Farah Gasimzade
      October 30, 2018

      thank you!

    • Farah Gasimzade
      November 12, 2018