A creme blush is simply the bee's knees. You don't need a blush brush to apply it, which means one less makeup brush to wash weekly and tote around, and a good formula will deliver a natural-looking flush that stays all day. Many makeup brands do limited-edition ones for spring and summer, but don't fret if you've missed the boat. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush ($31) is available year-round and its formula—smooth, ultra-blendable, highly pigmented—just melts into your skin to create the most natural glow. (It was designed for HD cameras, after all!)
Less is more with MUFE's version. I've been dabbing a little on the apples of my cheeks, blending with clean fingertips and building up coverage a bit at a time. It does fade by the time 5pm rolls around, but the mirror compact is easy to tote around and makes touch-ups a breeze. Another tip? Opt for a brighter shade like I did with 410 Coral to warm up winter-pale complexions.
You may never go back to powder formulas after the HD Blush, which prompts the question: What to do with that big fluffy blush brush?