The Best Cheap Matte Blush

Get glowing without dropping a lot of cash.

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There are thousands of products promising to deliver that youthful glow to your skin. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to get that glow is to apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you have oily skin, however, choosing the right blush can be a bit more of a challenge. To select the best cheap matte blush, it is worth it to shop around.

Powder Provides Oil-Busting Power

Though cream blushes are oh-so blend-able, they often fade and smudge throughout the day, particularly on those with oily skin. For the best matte look, stick with powder-based blushes. While shopping for blush, look for compacts that contain brushes so you don't have to fork out extra for this necessary tool for applying the product. Ideally, the compact should also contain a mirror so you can apply on the go.

Stay True to Your Complexion

When buying a cheap blush, it's not the time to go edgy. That's not to say you should never wear hot pink or deep berry blush, but when you are on a budget, choosing softer shades is the best and most fool-proof method. If you have a light complexion, opt for pale pink or peach tones. If you have a darker complexion, try roses and plums.

Don't Go for Glitter

The best matte blushes should be exactly that: not glittery. Therefore, you should avoid purchasing any blushes flecked with sparkles or glitter. Check the ingredients list and look for mica or iron oxide, which are dead giveaways that the blush won't go on matte, but shiny.

Consider a Contouring Kit

To get the most bang for your buck in a blush, look for kits that offer multiple shades that allow you to blend and contour to make your check bones stand out. These kits often include a base shade and a darker shade, and in some cases, a highlighter. They typically cost the same as a single blush but allow you to experiment and create many different looks, from subtle to dramatic.

Make Your Look Last

To keep your skin looking matte all day long, you should apply your blush in conjunction with other oil-busting products. Begin by applying an oil-free moisturizer and foundation. Set the foundation with a dusting of powder. Finally, apply your blush on top of these base layers and blend it carefully with a sponge or brush.

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