Powder, cream or gel? We've picked the best blusher to brighten up your complexion this season...
When it comes to blusher, 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.
What blushers are the best?
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.
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 very best one for your skin tone.
How to apply blush
Finally, work out how to apply your blusher. For powders, you will 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 natural looking finish.
Doubling as both a lip gloss and blush, this little tube of magic is set to be your next best friend. With 13 different colours, you’ll be sure to find the right one for you – we’re quite partial to this soft pink which brings to mind a classic English rose.
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.
Pixi’s gel offering is a cult favourite for good reason. The sheer, long-lasting colour has the double bonus of moisturising as you apply, perfect for the days when your skin is playing up. Easy to wear, it leaves cheeks with a dewy, subtle-gloss finish.
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.
Long touted as one of MAC’s best powder blushes, Fleur Power is a soft shade that treads the line between watermelon and coral. Perfect for those who prefer a more natural blush, there’s a reason so many call it their holy grail blusher.
If you’re in for something a little more unconventional, this cool-toned blush from Korean brand 3 Concept Eyes is right on track. It gradually transitions from pale pink to lavender in the palette and is an easy way to incorporate the lilac blush trend into your daily routine.
Channel your inner California girl with this coral blush, the perfect colour for the summer (and more specifically, that beach holiday). This warm-toned blush has a dash of glitter for a little extra glow.
The great thing about this blusher is that whether you’re into keeping things matte, satin or a little sparkly, they’ve got different versions of their popular colourways to cater to you. If you have sensitive skin, it’s also totally oil-free.
If you prefer a stronger flush to your cheeks, then Illamasqua’s powder blusher could well be the product for you. Highly-pigmented and colour-intense, it also contains an illuminating formula to really make your cheekbones the centre of attention.
There’s a reason why Nars Orgasm blush is a cult classic. It works with pretty much every skin tone, lasts the long hours and doesn’t make your cheeks feel dry.
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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. Its like airbrushing in a palette.
If you suffer from dry skin, try this highly pigmented cream blush. It melts into your skin to give just a hint of colour and can also be used on your eyelids as an eye shadow and on your lips as a lipstick. Plus, it makes you look instantly alive after a big night out. In fact it’s the opposite of a Jagerbomb! Choose from 10 different shades.