Use a cream or a mousse if your skin is dry, a powder or a gel if you're oily. "I personally use cream and powder together because it helps my blush stay on longer and looks more luminous," says makeup artist Laura Mercier. After foundation, she applies the cream, sets that with translucent powder, and then dusts on a little powder blush.
Since it sits on top of the skin, powder blush can make you look more made-up and sophisticated, Laura says. Cream blush is dewier and great for mature skin because it blends easily and looks very natural.