Blush is all you need. Here are 6 to try!

Blush is everything.

Putting blush on just makes you feel happy! Your face isn't done without a nice sweep of princess pink or glowing coral on your cheeks. I'd even say that you could skip foundation and all that nonsense — but put your brows on, those are vital — and just put on some blush. Boom. Instant radiant babe from outer space.

Powder is my favorite because it's just easy, but there are upsides to every formula, from liquids to solids. I think all colors look great. My mantra with makeup is always that you can pull anything off, and I think red blush is just as wearable as a shimmery peach, if you have the right touch.

I like to apply blush on the apples of the cheeks or on the cheekbones, and then sort of diffuse it in the other direction. On the apples, you get a more youthful and innocent look, but I think it's easier to overdo there because people apply it too far down. On the cheekbones, blush makes you look more sophisticated and sculpted.

A few you might like, listed in order of swatch from left of both photos (I swatched each twice, heavy and then blended):

E.L.F. Studio Blush in Pink Passion: The $3 marvel. Crazy pigmentation, soft as butter and in a shade with a major whimsical effect. Like you're a wind-kissed woodland fairy.

NARS Deep Throat: Everyone wants to talk about Orgasm, but Deep Throat is like Orgasm's cool, less flashy sis. But you know, everyone has their favorite Olsen. This is my go-to shade.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty: I bought this when I first got really into YouTube and became obsessed with Essiebutton. She calls this the "Snow White blush." I think it can go quite vixen! But don't let the bright red scare you: this gives you a perfect, realistic flush.

City Color Be Matte in Fresh Melon: I got this in an Ipsy bag and am wildly impressed by the quality. I agree with "Fresh" because it wakes up your complexion, but I'm not sure about "Melon," since this shade says grapefruit to me more than it does cantaloupe.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Hot Pink: Not one to mess around with if you don't know what you're doing! This color is intense and stains, stains, stains, so you need to put it on with a stippling brush and blot off the excess before you start blending it into your cheeks. Done wrong, you look like you slathered on Pepto Bismol. Done right, you look like you just went for a brisk walk. Or some other cardio.

Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love: This swatched weirdly brown in the photo, but it's not. It's a nice, blendable blue-toned pink.

And here I am wearing the City Color offering with minimal makeup. I swear I own more than one shirt, but this seems to be my swatching outfit!

What's your favorite blush?