Powder, cream or gel? We've picked the best blusher to brighten up your complexion this season...
When it comes to finding the best blusher for you, there’s a whole host of formulas to choose from, not mention a plethora of shades. unsurprising, considering it’s been around since ancient societies relied on naturally occurring vegetable and mineral dyes to get a hint of colour in their cheeks.
Lucky for us, this part of our routine has come a long way from the ground ochre that was rubbed on cheeks and lips during the early times of Egypt. So how do you find the right one for you?
The best blusher formulas
Now, you can choose from powders, cream blusher, gels and tint formulas, all designed to give you a healthy looking flush. If you prefer a matte skin finish, go for powders but if you want your complexion to look dewy, try a cream or gel blusher to boost your skin with moisture. And if you just want a touch of colour without any residue what so ever, apply a tint to the apples of your cheeks and sweep out towards your temples before it dries.
The best blusher colours
As a general rule of thumb, go for a light pink, rose or peach-toned shade if you have fair to medium skin. If you have a darker complexion, opt for tones of orange and deep berry to complement your skin. Head over to our sister site Powder and take their blusher quiz to find the right match for your skin tone.
How to apply blusher
Finally, work out how to apply your blusher depending on its formula.
For powder, you”ll need to use a blush brush, whereas creams and gels need to be melted into your skin with your fingers or dabbed with a sponge for a more natural looking finish.
With that in mind, read on as we round up the blushers we’re crushing on this season, as well as some timeless classics.
Skin was the real standout on the SS18 catwalks, no question. To get that ‘baby skin’ look, choose a delicate shade like Gen Nude in Pretty in Pink for that just-pinched-cheeks look.
There’s a reason why Nars Orgasm blush is a cult classic. Thanks to the golden undertone, it works with pretty much every skin tone, lasts the long hours and doesn’t make your cheeks feel dry.
This drugstore find costs hardly anything but really packs a punch. It costs less than £5, but this Sleek blush really packs a pigmented punch and blends beautifully.
If you’re looking to add a subtle dose of colour to your cheeks, give Burberry’s Light Glow a whirl. Earthy Blush gives the perfect subtle flush, while Blossom is a deeper, richer coral.
This little bottle of magic is the perfect shade for any skin tone and it’s all thanks to science. The blush uses skin chemistry to adjust to your specific shade for a natural looking glow (we took it on holiday and we’re totally in love with it) – plus, it’s imbued with SPF 30 to keep you pretty and protected from the sun.
This hi-tech formula contains protective rosehip and ginkgo biloba, as well as softening gardenia, mallow and linden, while light reflecting powders give a soft focus effect. It’s like airbrushing in a palette.