For the perfect pinches of cheeky color.

By Southern Living Editors
Updated November 19, 2020
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Rosy Blushes
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Elizabeth MacLennan

All Southern women know that the power of blush cannot be underestimated. With just a flick of the wrist, you can bring your whole face to life. Southern gals also know that applying blush is an artform that can go from touch-of-color to tragedy at the drop of a hat. We all want a natural rosy glow that doesn't look overdone, and there are certain classic powder blushes that can certainly get you there.

Find the perfect blush to match your skin tone and budget with these popular rosy shades designed to create the subtle sun-kissed tint you're after.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Wine
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Maybelline Fit Me! Blush

Our Shade Pick: Wine

Dramatic or downplayed? Pick your preference with this powder that earns an A+ for ease of application and offers 10 customizable shades to choose from. 

Shop It: $6;

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Carefree
Credit: It Cosmetics

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush

Our Shade Pick: Carefree

Conceal pores and uneven skin tone while adding a healthy sheen with this brilliant powder that's meant to turn your skin into airbrushed perfection.

Shop It: $24;

True Match Blush in Barely Blushing
Credit: L'Oréal Paris

L'Oréal True Match Blush

Our Shade Pick: Barely Blushing

For year-round radiance that looks incredibly natural, choose this subtle shade that melts into the skin. Go beyond the cheekbones and dust wherever the sun would naturally kiss.

Shop It: $8;

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Bordeaux Burgundy
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CoverGirl Cheekers Blush

Our Shade Pick: Bordeaux Burgundy

These tiny compacts are designed for sweeping touches to give you on-the-go glow. While available in 16 shade options, we're loving this deep burgundy that looks oh-so dreamy on deeper skin tones.

Shop It: $3.50;

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion
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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Our Shade Pick: Pink Explosion

Pink meets shimmer in this silky, soft powder that goes on like a cloud of elegant color with an included brush that makes it even easier to pop in your purse.

Shop It: $45;

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink
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Bobbi Brown Blush

Our Shade Pick: Pale Pink

Create a flushed-from-within look by swiping this mattifying blush from the cheeks up and over to the hairline. It's been an industry favorite for over a decade. 

Shop It: $34;

Nars Blush in Bumpy Ride
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NARS Blush

Our Shade Pick: Bumpy Ride

This pressed-powder formula with warm undertones is available in both shimmer and matte finishes worth your while. The shimmer version makes cheekbones glow as if fresh from the beach. 

Shop It: $30;

Cheek to Chic in Pillow Talk
Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic

Our Shade Pick: Pillow Talk

This creamy, color-rich blush with glow-inducing pearls is the master of luminance. Use the outer shade to trace your cheekbones and the center for adding a pop of color to the apples.

Shop It: $40;