With decades of experience and expertise, Agoo Bengzon is the ultimate guru when it comes to all things beauty. And guess what? She also happens to be Bloom’s newest contributor! From skincare to haircare, Agoo’s giving everyone a look-see at all the wisdom she’s got under her sleeves. Her best beauty secrets revealed, below!

Once you hit your 30s, you will need to tweak your makeup routine a bit since you’ll notice a change in your skin’s texture and moisture levels. The hard truth? New surges in hormones can lead to skin losing its softness and hydration. This means that aside from investing in deeper moisturizing products like heavy creams or oils, you also need to use less powders and more creams or tints.

Powders are notorious for settling into fine lines, and have a tendency to look chalky on dry skin. So, it’s a good idea to switch to creams instead. Here are my top five picks for cream blushes that’ll have you looking more youthful than ever.

P.S. They’re all local brands, so you’d be supporting homegrown talent too!

— Agoo B.

1. Smink Beauty Ph Balm Shells All-Around Clay Blush in Delilah, P180 This was the only balm among the five which made it stand out. The first thing I noticed is that it goes on really light after the first application. This is the type of cheek color you can build up, so if you’re looking for a really natural, dewy finish, this one’s for you. It works well for lips and lids too!

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2. Sparkle Mineral High Definition Blush On in #2, P360 The pump-type of bottle made this easy to dispense. I only needed a small amount for both cheeks because the color payoff of this waterproof product is ah-mazing! Thus, it lasted the entire day—no touch ups necessary.

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3. Human Nature Perfect Flush Cream Tint in Petal, P395 I’m all about natural these days, and Human Nature is a brand I discovered a while back, and continue to love until now. This was actually my personal fave of the five because aside from being free of synthetic ingredients, it’s the perfect peachy hue for my skin tone. It was really easy to blend and I liked that the color stayed on for hours!

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4. Skin Potions Dream Cream in Stella, P249 The velvety finish of this cheek cream is perfect for those of you who crave for a more dressed-up look. I’d recommend this product for evenings out, as the rosy hue finish is particularly strong. Tip: You can tone down the strength by using the product right after moisturizer. This will help disperse the color more evenly too.

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5. BLK Creamy Cheek Paint in Candy Cane, P399 The consistency of this is a bit on the liquid side, so it’s best to apply it using a brush for more controlled application. I found that this blush was crease-free and it literally melted onto my skin. The end result was a really natural finish.

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