Here’s a secret we’ve learned from makeup artists over the years: On blah days when your complexion looks dull and you’re feeling less than beautiful, blush is your best friend.

The right hue, applied the right way, can instantly wake up your face, giving you a radiant, healthy glow. Just look at Taraji P. Henson, who, for our money, sports the prettiest blush in Hollywood. But with so few blush shades formulated to flatter brown skin, searching for the right shade can be a chore.

Here, we rounded up a gallery of the best blushes on the shelves. Plus, we enlisted Jamie Svay, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Tastee Cosmetics, to give us expert tips on creating a flawless flush.