For me, applying blusher is a must-have in any makeup routine. Whether you prefer that bronzed beach goddess look, or pale snow queen, your look isn’t complete without a flush of colour on the cheek to add a healthy glow.
There are SO MANY products on the high street to choose from, from powder to cream to liquid blushers, so it’s all about finding a product that suits your complexion and skin tone.
First up, it’s about finding a product that suits your skin tone. Fair or medium complexions (like myself) should look for rose/peach toned blushers, whereas darker orange and berry shades complement darker complexions. If you are oily (like me) and prefer a more matte complexion, a powder blush is the one to go for. Those who are suckers for a dewy complexion might like to try a cream or liquid blush.
Whatever your choice of product, start with a light hand build up the colour from there. It’s far easier to add product than it is to remove, and no-one likes to look like a clown.
Check out my top 5 blushers here, and how to make the most of them…
1. Sleek Blush by 3 Palette (£9.99, Boots) – This has got to be one of the best palettes I own, hands down. Technically this counts as 3 blushers, but as it’s one palette I’m cheating slightly. I own the Pumpkin 363 palette, and the shades are so bold and vivid, they certainly make an impact! This palette contains 1 shimmer and 2 matte blushers, with two pink shades and one orange. At first glance they do seem a bit out there, but I assure you the colours aren’t as bold on the skin when applied lightly, and are extremely buildable should you want to stand out more. They blend so easily, and can be worn for a bright daytime look, or bolder nighttime look. These are real Summer colours too; they maybe slightly too bold for Winter, but would transition nicely from Summer into Autumn. I would highly recommend taking a look at the other palettes too; some of the shades are incredibly beautiful, with shades to suit all skin tones.
2. Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block (£3.99, Boots) – Hats off to Collection for adding this little beauty to their collection! This blush block is very reminiscent of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, for a fraction of the price. It contains 6 strip blushers, which you can choose to wear individually, but it is easier to just swirl your brush around all of them and apply! There is a slight shimmer to all of the shades, which gives your skin a radiant and healthy glow, meaning it acts as a highlighter too. This product is quickly becoming a firm favourite. It blends really easily and has a great pigmentation, so a little goes a long way! I’ve heard people use this as a bronzer, but personally I prefer this as a blusher because the shades are more pinkish than bronze. They also do a Bronze Block, in case you would like something more bronze toned. If you’re looking for something affordable but still great in terms of quality, this is worth looking at.
3. I Heart Blushing Hearts (£4.99, Superdrug) – I just happened to stumble across this in my local Superdrug; the packaging caught my eye as it is very similar in style to the Too Faced Baked Blushers. I have to confess I’ve never heard of this makeup brand before, so only brought 1 product to try, and have actually been quite impressed. This particular blush comes in nine available shades – I brought the Candy Queen of Hearts shade – ranging from pastel pinks to more nude brown shades. The quality isn’t as pigmented as some of the other blushers listed here, but it is buildable to a natural flush of colour that is very flattering to my skin tone. You also get a great deal of product for the money you pay, so it would last you a life time. Next time I’m in Superdrug I’ll definitely take a look at their other products to see what else is on offer.
4. Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher (£8.00, Marks and Spencer) – I happened to pick this up in M&S about a year ago, but know for a fact you can get it in most high street stores. Anyone who follows my blog knows I’m a big lover of Bourjois products, and this blusher is no exception. The blush itself if very soft on the skin, and glides on like velvet. It is highly pigmented and blendable, with an almost pearlescent effect. The packaging is lovely and travel sized (although beware of putting it in your makeup bag, as the clasp is magnetic and may easily come open!), and the colours are all incredibly wearable for all skin tones. There is an expansive range of shades, so definitely suitable to all skin tones. They even have a slight rose scent which I personally like, although others may be put off. I own several of these, and despite my ever-growing blush collection, I find myself coming back regularly to these.
5. Tanya Burr Cosmetics Peachy Glow Cheek Palette (£8.00, Superdrug) – It was a toss up between the blush in this palette and the Rosy Flush one featured in my July Favourites, but I find that I prefer the blush in this one for some reason, although I do love both. As I tend to own a lot of pink blushers, I find it refreshing to use a more coral toned blush, and Apricot Flush in this palette does the job nicely! Firstly, the blusher is beautiful. It has the perfect amount of shimmer for summer, without making you look to over the top. It creates a lovely coral hue when swatched lightly, although it can be intensified for an evening. One thing to note is that the products are very powdery, so do remember to tap of any excess product before you apply. It is the perfect compliment for a tan.
And there’s your lot! I found it quite hard to sort through my blush collection to narrow it down, so I might do an updated one further down the line with different products. Let me know in the comments what you thought of my selection, and if there’s anything else you’d recommend based on my favourites!
Enjoy the rest of your week!