Powder, cream or gel? We've picked the best blusher that brighten up any complexion
When it comes to finding the best blusher for you, there’s a whole host of formulas to choose from, not to mention a plethora of shades.
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, and you can buy every colour and shade imaginable from peach to pink to plum.
So how do you find the right one for you?
Read on to learn how to pick your perfect blush shade and the best beauty buys available now.
The best blusher formulas
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to blusher formulas – you can choose from powders, cream blusher, gels and tint formulas, all designed to give you a healthy looking flush.
If you like to use the best foundation for oily skin with a matte skin finish, go for powders but if you want your complexion to look dewy, try a cream or gel blusher. If you have oilier skin, powders will work best to mattify. If you’re on the drier end of the scale, then it makes sense to use a creamier blush, but first prep your skin with the best moisturiser for dry skin.
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.
Best blusher brush
A good blusher brush will have a fat, round head and densely packed fibres for optimum application. Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown, MAC and Charlotte Tilbury all make excellent ones, while Real Techniques and NYX are your go-to high street choices.
How to apply blusher
How you apply your blusher depends 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 a couple of 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.
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.
Glossier's Cloud Paint is beyond easy to use. Don't be put off by how pigmented it first appears, it's super blendable and melts into skin. If you want a 'I've been out for a long walk' flush then this is the blusher for you.
Pillowtalk is Tilbury's bestselling nude lipstick. The colour is so well loved that she created an entire collection inspired by it, which included this blush. It's the perfect subtle hunt of colour that won't overpower.
This is an award-winning blush and it's no wonder. The unusual watery texture works so well at giving you the most beautiful flush that lasts and lasts and lasts. Perfect for the summer heat.
There is so much pigment in this small little palette, so use sparingly. It adds a stunning pop of colour to the cheeks.
This is a stain. You have been warned. We recommend that you pop a little onto your ring and middle finger and dab into the apples of your cheeks. It's better to build up that go hell for leather at the start. It's called a beach tint, because it's the ideal accompaniment to your holiday no-makeup look.