Elizabeth Taylor’s dressing ritual included a complete makeup application, followed by a steaming-hot bath. The latter was responsible for delivering a dewy finish to her skin. But cream blush will do to your complexion what a hot bath and Richard Burton did to Elizabeth Taylor’s.

As a seasoned beauty editor, I have some clear favorites within the industry, and cream blushes are one of them. I depend on their lightweight, easily blendable formulas to deliver a fresh, pinky (or sometimes peachy) glow to my complexion (eight glasses of water a day and good DNA can only go so far). Best applied with fingertips (a synthetic brush will do, if you prefer) over foundation or on their own, the six cream blushes here were rigorously tested and emphatically approved by me and the expert community of VIOLET GREY. — CHRISTINA HAN, Editorial Director