PINKY AND PERKY
Contour might be all the rage, but with cheeks this round, it’s not really my bag. I much prefer the fresh, healthy glow a good blush can bring, so I’ve compiled a roundup of my favourite blushers to help you nail that rosy-cheeked look too!
My favourite everyday blush is, without a doubt, Revlon’s Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched. I’ve written about this so many times so you know how much I love it, but I’m here to tell you again. It’s a gorgeous soft peach colour in a cream formula, that instantly livens up skin and gives you a fresh, wide-awake glow. On days when your eyes or lips are taking centre stage, this is a great barely-there blush that adds colour without making you look too ‘done’. The cream formula is perfect to use with either fingers or a stippling blush and blends out to a super flattering flush of colour in seconds.
For something slightly more dramatic, I adore Stila’s Convertible Color in Peony. In the pan, I was worried that this would be far too dark for me, but a little of this brings a flush of colour I’ve never found anywhere else. One quick tap into the pan and you can quickly blend this out across your cheeks for a deep rosy flush that’s really amazingly flattering. The product is so creamy and blends out really well, but you do only need to use the tiniest amount as this is a bold shade. I also love the little lilac compact, so cute! I really want to try some more shades from this range.
If you’re looking for a classic girlie flush of pink, I can’t recommend the No7 Pop & Glow cream blush in Rose Blossom enough. It’s a classic rose pink that’s perfect for paler skin, housed in a crayon formula. I quickly swipe this onto cheeks and blend with fingers for a fresh pop of pink that makes me look the picture of health. Again, a little goes a long way with this one – it can be very easy to look like you’ve run for the bus!
While cream formulas are definitely my favourite for blushers, I have a couple of powder alternatives that I have on rotation too. For a subtle blush on low makeup days, I really like the Bourjois Little Round Pot blush in Healthy Mix. It’s a pinky-coral powder that does exactly what it says – gives that air of good health and freshens up your face. My one criticism is that it’s not exactly the softest powder, meaning you have to work quite hard to get the product on the brush, and it’s not the easiest to blend out, so you kind of have to dot it where you want it first. But the colour looks great and it’s a really natural-looking flush, so it’s worth it.
Not natural-looking, but totally gorgeous, is The Balm’s Hot Mama blush – a fierce rose gold shade packed with plenty of hazy golden shimmer. This is the opposite of the Bourjois blush in that this is a very soft powder and it’s very easy to go overboard, so easy does it on the blusher brush! But it’s incredibly flattering on the skin, especially tanned skin in summer, and gives a sexy golden glow in seconds. A cheaper alternative is Sleek’s Rose Gold blush too – exactly the same kind of shade for about £10 less!
What are your favourite blushers?