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The Colors: Light-reflecting, skin-perfecting neutrals; sheer flush-enhancing brights

The Medium: Powder blushes and bronzers, creamy foundations, concealers and BB creams

The Technique: Even out your complexion with a foundation or BB, then dust a blush along your cheekbones for a face-lifting effect.

Next: See our top choices

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1. Buildable, blendable, in ten shades (here, Honey): Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Wet N Wild bronzer

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2. Golden glow with a hint of sparkle: Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil

$4, drugstores
Almay Face

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3. Goes on white, morphs to match your skin, in four shades (here, Light): Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup

$14, drugstores

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4. Powder foundation with adjustable coverage, in three shades: Clarins Mineral Loose Powder


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5. Hydrates, smooths, conceals, in three shades (here, Light): Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream

$11, drugstores

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6. Moisture, sunscreen, skin perfection, in three shades (here, Medium/Dark): Rimmel BB Cream

$7, drugstores
Dolce & Gabbana

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7. Natural-looking, shine-free finish, in 15 shades (here, Rose Beige): Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation

Mac Cosmetics

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8. Lightweight yet lush, in 18 shades (here, NW50): MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

Nars Eyes

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9. Rich wine, beautiful on dark skin: Nars Blush in Seduction


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10. Not-too-hot pink: Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom

Arden Face

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11. Classic everyday rose: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush

Chanel Blush

12. A luminous apricot to warm pale skin: Chanel Powder Blush in Frivole

lancome face

13. Pink and peach combine for an easy-to-wear hybrid: LancĂ´me Blush in Love in Pommettes D'Amour


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