Few things have a more instantly transformative effect than blush. It hides pallid, “I’ve had three hours of sleep” skin and knocks years off tired faces while creating the illusion of killer cheekbones in a flash.

As a favourite product of makeup artists and celebrities alike, cream blush had a major beauty moment in the Nineties. I however, was never one for a creamy formula- that is until YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush came on to the scene- a gloriously creamy texture that blends seamlessly on to cheeks and lips. Don’t let the vivid shades put you off; you can use the tiniest touch of the poptastic Fuchsia Desinvolte or Corail Incadescent to create a natural looking glow or simply dot on a little more for a fashion flush. Go as couture as you dare.

Sticks are a wonderful option for those new to the cream blush world. They’re easy to use and perfect for travel, not to mention they can often be re-purposed for use on lips and eyes too (I’m looking at you NARS The Multiple). This year saw the launch of the Diorblush Cheek Sticks, which are by far one of the best things to come out of the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection. Although the formula is creamy, once blended, it sets to a light, powdery finish.

A silky, cream blush patted on top of a BB cream, a touch of brightening concealer under the eyes, with a light dusting of translucent powder to set it all in place and you’ve got yourself a simple, flawless complexion routine.

Press your chosen blush on to the apples of your cheeks, blending out and upwards towards your hairline using your fingertips. If you want a longer lasting look or you have particularly oily skin, brush on a soft layer of powder blush over the top.

Click through the gallery for six of my all-time favourite cream colours.

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