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The best blusher shades and formulas for every complexion

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 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 prefer 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.

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.

Bobbi Brown Blusher Brush, £33.30 John Lewis

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NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush 02, £14

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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.

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