BLUSHER, THE UNSUNG MAKEUP HERO

Blushers really are one of the most skin transforming and anti-ageing products you can buy. Even the most expensive all-singing-all-dancing foundation will look flat and dull without the help of a great blush. Nothing will give you that youthful, fresh-faced glow but a well-placed, sheer sweep of the right blush. It really is my best (or worst!) kept secret.
So what are best, powder or cream blushers?
In my opinion, it’s purely personal preference and down to the skin-finish you like, or what you find easier to apply. For a glossy, dewy complexion I usually reach for a cream product, but oilier skins may benefit more from a powder. For mature skins, a creamy blush in a fresh pink can really add life and plump up the cheeks, however use a powder product if you suffer with large pores or lines in these areas.
What colours should I choose?
I believe that when it comes to makeup there should be no steadfast rules regarding colour choices, Makeup is fun and about having the freedom to express yourself, so if you love a particular colour then go for it!
However the most failsafe blush colours for fair to medium skins are sheer or rosy pinks and peachy tones, and for dark skins deep reddish pinks or terracotta colours look great. The best blusher choice for your skin should be a shade close to your natural ‘flush’, like the colour your cheeks go when you come in from the cold. The closest place to find this colour is the tips of your fingers or ears (trust us) but if your skin looks instantly brighter and refreshed after you’ve applied your chosen blusher, you know you’ve found the right colour for your skin tone.
PRO TIP: try to find really highly pigmented colours. This means you’re able to apply less product which prevents makeup from looking “cakey”.
My favourite blush products:
For powders:
M.A.C – so many colours and finishes to choose from but a firm favourite is “Dainty Doll”
Smashbox – “Paradise” is the perfect mix of peach and pink with a subtle shimmer
Illamasqua – “Thrust” is a deep magenta pink that looks stunning on dark skins
Benefit – “Coralista” is a much-loved coral-peach that works for everyone
PRO TIP: apply a light sweep of a sheer translucent face powder over the parts of your cheeks you want to blush before applying your blusher to achieve a smooth application.
For cream blushers:
Nars Multiples – can be used on both cheeks and lips. “Portofino” is a gorgeous warm peach shade suitable for all skin tones
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush – looks bright in the packaging but gives a sheer wash of super natural colour
Illamasqua – the dewiest of cream blushers. “Laid” is a great rosy pink shade. A little goes a long way!
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge – a classic multi-use product for lips and cheeks with a great shade range. “Pale pink” gives a great freshness to tired looking skins
PRO TIP: melt cream blush onto the cheeks with the heat from your fingers to give the most natural looking flush, or blend using a foundation buffing brush to get a polished finish. Sweep upwards towards the temples for a flattering sweep of colour.
Let us know what blushers are your favourites, we’d love to hear what blushers make your kit. x

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