My two favourite blushers are in a sorry state of affairs. They are overworked, under appreciated and grossly mistreated. I feel their pain. But when it is pissing down outside, you find yourself on the wrong end of a box of After Eights and your kid has gone postal at Baby Yoga there is only 1 thing that will help: BLUSH (assuming you have run out of alcohol, which would be my first choice).
This undervalued object has the ability to wipe years off your face and restore the appearance of hours worth of sleep. I definitely err on the 'less is more' school of blush application and I'm still not entirely sure how or where to apply it. For this reason I like to go natural to compensate for poor technique (I've watched hours of pixi woo tutorials but still look a bit Bette Lynch with anything stronger). I also stick to powders as I have melasma over my cheeks and creme blush rubs my concealer off. Creme options do tend to be a bit better at the dewy and youthful look so if you aren't favoured with what can resemble two black eyes, then I would go with them.
Here are my two favourites. Bobbi Brown nude pink 29 provides a great, natural flush for any English Roses out there (tawny is better for brunettes). It looks like a hot pink in the palette but is far more natural on application.
I like to have a hint of colour which suggests that I might have been for a run (unlikely) or had a drink (more likely). This is £19 which would be a bargain if I didn't keep dropping them. Careful, they are more fragile than blown glass.
Shu Uemura P Amber 83 (catchy title) was used on me in a makeup lesson I got for my birthday years ago. It is a nude/apricot colour which gives the perfect highlight to pale skin and is great for a no makeup look, a day at work or if you are rocking a statement lip and just need a little something, something. £16 for refills. I'm nearing the end of my second one in about 10 years.
So, if in doubt, whether post partum and knackered (me) or simply seasonally affected - get some blush on your cheeks and chose life!