#1 Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $54
If natural, post-coital kind of flush is what you want, look no further than this original cheek and lip stain formula. Thanks to its brush applicator, all you need is to apply three dots on each cheek and blend with your fingertips. With a lightweight, liquid-gel texture, it disappears into skin, leaving behind only a sheer wash of colour that melds completely into the texture of the skin. This helps further enhance the natural effect of this product, instead of looking like a layer of makeup that sits on top of the skin.
#2 Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Blush, $65
If you’re a novice to liquid blushers and are nervous about streaky application, start with this foolproof one from Armani Beauty. Designed to give cheeks a watercolour-esque blush effect, this water-based liquid blush blends into skin seamlessly without any patchy or uneven effects. Thanks to its sheer coverage, you can wear it as a light veil of colour or layer two or three coats for added intensity.
#3 TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $47
Regardless whether you have oily skin and are prone to shine even on your cheeks, or have dry skin and can get dry patches especially around your cheeks, this should be your go-to blusher. Formulated with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River, it regulates sebum and moisture levels to keep skin well-balanced. For those with oily skin, it controls excess sebum production and minimises the appearance of pores so makeup doesn’t slide. As for those with dry skin, the nutrient-rich clay also contains nourishing benefits to restore skin’s hydration levels so makeup never comes across looking uneven. Expect flawless wear for up to 12 hours, which can easily take you on a flight from Singapore to London.
#5 NARS Blush in Exhibit A, $50
Renowned all over the world, thanks to its tongue-in-cheek, universally-flattering shade called Orgasm, NARS Blush is available in a myriad of vibrant shades. From the barest pinks to striking reds (like Exhibit A as shown), they come in soft and sheer pressed powders which make application a breeze. Best applied with NARS’ Yachiyo Brush, all you have to do is sweep the brush over the blush, tap it lightly to get rid of excess product and apply onto cheeks for just the right intensity that will last round the clock.
#6 Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush, $68
Trust the Japanese to come up with special technology that keeps makeup light and natural while ensuring its longevity. Made with Japanese air powder, one sweep of this ultra-light powder blush over your skin dresses it with complexion-enhancing pigments that instantly light up your skin. With a barely-there texture yet impressive long-wearing power, it will be the last thing on your mind throughout your day. We also love that it comes with two complementary shades that enables you to contour, highlight and sculpt your cheeks to perfection.
#7 Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion, $48
Made with micro-fine powders, this powder blusher goes on sheer and yet can be built on by applying multiple layers for an intensifed effect. Thanks to its pure colour pigments, the blusher stays vibrant all day and promises non-stop colour for up to 10 hours. Perfect for use with liquid or powder foundations, it has a silky smooth formula that glides onto skin feeling virtually like nothing.
#9 ILIA Multi Stick in All of Me, $63
A blusher stick that small enough to fit into a tiny purse, this multi stick can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. When it comes into contact with skin, melts to give a see-through colour that is long-lasting and natural-looking on skin.