We don’t care that it’s still flipping freezing outside, or that V woke up yesterday to a leak in her flat roof because of the torrential rain. As far as we’re concerned, it’s now March, so officially Spring and that means we’re having lots of fun with soft, pastel makeup shades and plenty of pinks, peaches and corals. Hoorah! We’re in beauty heaven.
We’re big fans of blusher. Without it, a made-up face can look ‘flat’. When used – correctly – it gives a healthy flush of colour to the cheeks and wakes up the face. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to blusher, but in general, a cream or liquid formula works best when layered on top of other creams, such as foundation and concealer, while a powder blush gives a good finish over other powders, such as bronzer. Go for powder if you have an oilier skin and cream if your skin is dry…but that’s not a must. V, for example, has dry skin and usually wears powder blusher. So there! And as for colour choice, fair skins suit soft pinks and peaches, medium skin tones should go for deeper pinks and apricots and if you’re dark skinned, try deep berry shades or coral.
When applying blusher, always remember to smile ultra-enthusiastically into the mirror and sweep it (with a brush or fingertips) onto the protruding apples of your cheeks and up the cheekbones.And don’t forget to use sparingly and tap excess powder off a brush before you apply, to avoid any ‘Aunt Sally’ moments. When it comes to blusher, less is definitely more.
We’re kicking off with the limited edition NarsIssist Unfiltered II Cheek Palette, £45…be quick, once it’s gone, it’s gone! M is the proud owner of this 6-shade blusher palette and V is very envious. Should it “accidentally ” go missing, M shouldn’t be too surprised! It’s perfect for us pale-skinned girls (if you’re dark skinned, try the no. I version which contains orangey tones and berry shades). Even the bubblegum pink, ‘Power Play’, is very wearable and sheer and gives a lovely pop of colour to the cheeks. This is definitely not a palette where 1 or 2 colours will be ignored. You’ll use them all, and the nude shades make great bronzers and highlighters. Use the colours separately or, as a makeup artist suggested to us, there’s no reason why you can’t swirl them all together with a large brush.
For a touch of kitsch, take a look at Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach blush, £25, exclusive to Selfridges. Don’t be fooled by the cutesy packaging that V’s 6-year old daughter is coveting. This is a brilliant blusher, that gives a warm, peachy glow and suits pale and dark skins alike. And it smells of peaches! What’s not to like?
We’re also rather taken with Benefit’s newest launch, GALifornia, £24.50. Benefit makes great blushers and this is no exception. It’s a flattering, peachy pink powder with a subtle golden shimmer. It’s not dissimilar to best-selling and iconic, Nars Blush in Orgasm, £23, (yes, we know, the name alone is enough to bring a flush to your cheeks!), which truly suits every skin tone and makes it glow.
If you’re a fan of cream or liquid blush (it can definitely give a more dewy, natural finish), you can’t go wrong with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks, £21. Try Pale Pink if you’re fair and for anyone with darker skin, Raspberry looks amazing. Dab on with fingers and blend gently. And don’t forget to try it on your lips too.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, £6.99, won’t break the bank, so is worth buying if you’re new to this and feel a bit wary about blusher. It gives a natural radiance to the cheeks and melts into the skin.
As ever, we’re not stopping there. Here are some more great options for you. You can thank us later!
On-the-go application – Nars The Multiple, £29. A favourite with make-up artists and beauty editors alike, this handy stick gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks. Try it in Orgasm.
Most natural finish – Daniel Sandler Watercolour liquid blush, £15.50. An amazing fluid blusher that gives instant radiance. We love Cherub.
Blusher newbies – Dior Rosy Glow, £31.50. An ingenious powder, that reacts with each individual’s skin, to give a tailor-made, totally natural glow.
Budget Buy – Bourjois Rose d’Or, £7.99. This bestselling, ultra-pretty pink blush has been around for over 150 years.
Multi-tasking – Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer, £46. Blusher, bronzer and highlighter in one gorgeous palette. M has the Cool Pink and is complimented whenever she wears it.
Ultimate Splurge – Tom Ford Cheek Colour, £48. A creamy powder blush that glides onto skin and lasts all day. We love Frantic Pink and Disclosure.
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Love and Flushed Cheeks,
Mala (left) wearing Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer and Vikki wearing Nars Blush in Orgasm!