Few beauty buys have the power to instantly transform your look as much as the humble blusher. Get it right, and a swipe of blusher will perk up tired skin immediately and add a lovely, warm glow to your face. But get it wrong and you run the risk of looking like a painted doll!
To make sure you find your perfect blusher, we've rounded up our favourites that will help you fake that natural flush and flatter your features. Whether you opt for a powder, cream or gel, we're sure you'll find a blusher to suit you. Cream blushers tend to work better on dry skin, whereas gels and powders are good for oily or combination skin. If you do choose a liquid blusher, just make sure you apply this over liquid foundation, never powder.
The key to creating that healthy glow with blusher is to make sure you blend it in properly. Nothing looks more ageing than defined lines of blusher - you also run the risk of looking like a clown! To achieve this, you're better off investing in a big make-up brush (and not using the tiny ones that often come free with the product). Grin in the mirror to find the apples of your cheeks, then dot them with your blusher and use your brush or fingers to blend the colour towards the temples to give a flattering, sculpted effect.
A velvety powder that feels light on the skin is Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour
in Violet Orchard. This gorgeous blusher is the perfect pink pop for tanned skin and is our top pick for wearing over shimmery bronzers and a light foundation. The matte texture will complement glowing skin so much more than a cream or glitter-filled powder.
Keep reading to discover more beautiful blushers to suit every skin type and tone...