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.
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.
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.
If you’re a real powder devotee when it comes to your rouge, then you might like to treat yourself to Burberry’s offering. This powder is not only enhanced with silicone for easy-glide application, as well as wild rose to help maintain moisture, but as a nice finishing touch, is actually embossed with that signature Burberry check – so fetch!
Get that pinched-cheek look with this cheek creme. It’s easily buildable, so if your’e not afraid of colour, you can work it up to medium coverage or simply leave your skin looking like it’s flushed. It also makes for a great lip colour.
Four shades combine as one with Givenchy’s Le Prisme blush, which features atomised particles – smaller than those found in most traditional blushers – resulting in a fine, light and multidimensional finish. As a bonus, if you’re a fan of fancy packaging, then you’ll love the satisfying ‘clap and slide case’ which features a separate compartment for the brush.
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.
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.
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.
This 7 shade complexion enhancer can be swirled together for a universal pink shade or can be individually applied with a small brush for extra accents. Plus, there’s a hint of pearl for a soft, satin finish.
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.
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.