Blusher is certainly one of the best beauty hacks of them all; a quick sweep and it can completely transform your complexion by dispelling unwanted signs of tiredness or adding a natural and healthy-looking flush. Whilst many may think blusher is slightly old-fashioned, it is in fact the opposite. The ease of application and the fact it suits all ages and skin types are what makes it so universally brilliant and what’s more, it can even double up as a pinky eyeshadow or lip colour when mixed with your go-to lip balm. From bright corals to softer peaches and traditional powders to unique gel creams, we have rounded up some of our favourite formulas, as well as giving you some insider tips on the best ways to wear them.
Which Shade Of Blusher Should I Go For?
With so many varying shades, you no longer need to just opt for a one-size-fits-all pink. Instead, find a hue which complements your skin tone. For those with fairer, more porcelain skins, try lighter, peachy shades to brighten cheekbones and give a youthful glow.
Laura Mercier’s Blush Colour Infusion in Peach offers a soft colour which blends seamlessly thanks to its finely-milled pigments. Deeper red shades of blusher work best on darker complexions since they give a warm feel to the skin and help to mimic a natural flush. RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Beloved is a wise choice for those seeking a truly rich red.
One standout exception to the rule is Nars’ Orgasm Blush which celebrates its 20th birthday this year. “It’s a universally flattering shade which suits all skin tones,” explains Rachel Hardie, lead artist at Nars. “On fair complexions, it’s a natural pink flush and on deeper tones it gives a beautiful golden highlight.” It’s no wonder it’s the brand’s bestseller and a beloved beauty staple for so many.
Which Blusher Formula Is Best?
Gone are the days when pressed compacts are your only option. Instead, there are now myriad modern textures such as jellies, creams, gels, tints and even crayon sticks. Much like different shades of blusher, different formulas suit different skin types.
Powders, like Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blush or Surratt’s Artistique Blush, are best on oilier skins since they give more of a matte finish, whereas creamier or gel-like formulas such as Sisley’s Phyto Blush Twist or Chantecaille’s Cheek Gelée, sit better on those with drier complexions.
What Technique Should I Use To Apply Blusher?
The technique depends entirely on the formula. For example, powders are best applied with a brush. “If you have a heavier hand, try using a fluffier brush that is less dense as this will allow the colour to build naturally,” explains Marc Reagan, Hourglass’ global director of education, artistry & events. “The best approach is to start with less and add more as needed.”
Our own Space NK Powder Brush 101 has a generous amount of bristles to effortlessly pick up and deposit powdered products making it the perfect tool for the job.
Creams and gels are best applied with your fingers as you are able to control the exact amount, intensity and placement. The warmth of your fingers also helps the product melt in to your skin for a natural finish which is easily blendable. Sponges, such as the much-loved Beautyblender, also work well to distribute more fluid formulas and offer a seamless finish.
Where Should I Apply Blusher?
Your face shape will determine where you apply your blush. “Not everyone has perfect bone structure, so smiling helps to reveal the apples of the cheeks to guide you on where to place the colour,” says Marc. “Start the application one to two fingers width away from the nose as this prevents the blusher from bringing out any unwanted redness around the nose area. It also keeps the placement of the blush higher on the features of the face for a more lifting effect,” he adds. Then take the blusher along the cheekbones and back towards the halo or perimeter of the face. For square faces, focus solely on the apples of your cheeks since this will help to soften angles. Those with rounder faces should take their blusher slightly lower down to create the illusion of stronger cheekbones.