Why You Should Swap Out Your Blush for a Cheek Oil This Summer

Do the dew.

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In the immortal words of  Stevie Wonder (opens in new tab) (well, almost): Do I dew? It's a question I often ponder given my chronically bone-dry complexion. Dehydrated skin + a wet-shine finish = Not a good look. This said, on my best skin days—when it's summer, I've gotten a facial within the past few weeks, and I've been diligently following my cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing regimen—I can get away with it. So when Milk Makeup's Blush Oil (opens in new tab) landed on my desk in the winter, I whisked it into my save-for-summer beauty stash and didn't touch it again until this past, unseasonably-hot Memorial Day Weekend.

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In the spirit of faking that lustrous mid-summer glow, I gave my powder blush a rest and reached for the dusty rose, Ripe, housed in one of Milk's signature, toss-it-in-your-bag rollerball pens. With Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream (opens in new tab) as my base, I gave the pen a few flicks (less is more as it's very pigmented), tapped it on to the apples of my cheeks, and blended the super light oil with my fingers. Now, it was admittedly harder to blend out than powder, but after a fair amount of gentle buffing I had a natural-looking flush with a luminous finish that complemented my newly-minted obsession with highlighter (opens in new tab). But heads up: Those with oily skin should proceed with caution as you don't want to veer into shiny territory.

Overall, I loved the dewy-but-not-too-dewy effect and the ease of being able to tuck it into my bag for on-the-go applications. It'd be tricky to pull off en route armed only with a hand mirror as it's a bit high maintenance in the blend department, but if you like to travel light, it definitely beats having to tote around a brush and compact. Just make time for a quick powder room jaunt. The final word from a blush-oil convert? Do the dew.

Milk Makeup Blush Oil, $26; sephora.com (opens in new tab)

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Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.