After a couple of years off the makeup scene, blush is back. In a big way. Just one swipe of the stuff can brighten your complexion and add a healthy glow that bronzer and highlighter just can’t match. But it can be hard to master and too much can leave you looking less sun-kissed and more sunburnt. From finding the right shade and formula to knowing how and where to apply it, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we’ve handpicked the best liquid, cream and powder blushers on the market.
Think skin tone
Like most makeup products, blush isn’t a one size fits all – you need to choose the right shade for your complexion. Too bright, you could look like a clown, too dark and it looks like badly placed bronzer. The key is to find a shade that mimics your natural flush (pinch your cheeks and have a look) or your lip colour.
If you have fair skin, peachy pinks or rosy hues, like the Jouer Cosmetics, Blush Duo in Rose Gold, are perfect for a universally flattering glow. Golden or olive skin tones look great with brighter pinks like the Nudestix, Nudies Bloom Blush in Poppy Girl. Darker skin tones suit richer shades of red and purply pinks like Armani Beauty’s Armani Blush in 54.
Pick the right formula for your skin type
So, you’ve got the right shade? Now it’s time to talk formula. There are three types of blushers: powders, creams and liquids. If you have oily skin, powder blushers or stains like Benefits’ Bene Tint are for you. Dry skin tends to love the moisture boost that a cream blush provides and normal skin types… you guys have the best of both worlds.
How to apply blush
For most face shapes, the apples of your cheeks win every time. If you’re not sure where these are, smile and apply the blush to the high point of your cheeks. Remember to blend upwards and towards the side of your face for a sculpted, natural finish. Applying the blush too far down your cheeks can drag your features down - and we don’t want that. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, try applying the blush to your cheekbones, this will help to contour your face.
Who said blush is just for your cheeks? For a bright, no-makeup makeup look, apply a bit of blush to the creases of your eye - using the same blush on your eyes as on your cheeks ties your whole look together. Join in on the latest TikTok beauty trend - tap a bit of blush across the bridge of your nose for a sun-kissed, youthful finish.