Our beauty needs change as we get older. Some swaps—like a richer body lotion or retinol-packed night cream—are obvious. The best blush for mature skin might seem less important, but experts say it’s just as key to your makeup look as a concealer, tinted moisturizer, or foundation for aging skin.

What type of blush is best for older skin?

Because mature skin tends to be on the drier side, cream and liquid blush formulas are ideal, says Azesha Ramcharan, a professional makeup artist in New York. Powder and matte versions—especially those with glitter or shimmer—can highlight dryness and settle into fine lines and wrinkles, whereas the creamier formulas blend beautifully, creating a lit-from-within flush and a more youthful glow.

What blush color makes you look younger?

Makeup artists like Ramcharan say skin tone is the driving factor in color selection—not age. For fair to medium skin tones, shades like soft peach, coral, and warm pink look beautiful; for deeper skin tones, warmer hues like terra cotta, plum, and berry are ideal, says Ramcharan.

To help you pick the best blush for mature skin, no matter what shade you have your eye on, we asked makeup artists for their go-tos, plus scoured top retailers like Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta for the most highly rated options.

Our top picks

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