Blush is the secret weapon we all need in our makeup bags. Although in recent years it has been overshadowed by its older sister, bronzer, blusher is the key to creating a gorgeous lived-in, glowing complexion. Right now, it is all about the cream, liquid, and jelly blushers. Say goodbye to the old powder and say hello to your buildable, blendable, and workable next best friend. Although it has gained an unfavorable association with doll-like makeup and red rosy cheeks, it is time we bring blusher back and live in our best skin!
Choose from either Berry Pop or Peach Pop to add a gorgeous pop of colour to your complexion. Sheer enough to create a subtle flushed hint yet pigmented enough to build for an impact, we love this cream blush for its universality. Being jelly textured, this blush melts seamlessly into your skin, making it super easy to use and blend. Infused with Watermelon and blended with Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Castor Oil, this blush is almost good enough to eat. Cruelty Free, Vegan and priced only at £6.00, we love this e.l.f blush.
Inspired by the luminosity of L.A light, Smashbox’s blendable lip and cheek colour is a cream dream. Coming in two colours, Beverly Hills Blush (peachy pink with golden shimmer) and Hollywood & Highlight (sheer pink pearl), these create a gorgeous natural glow. With a blending buffing sponge on the end and rounded dome shape, the structure of this blush makes for an effortless application. We love this blush for its dedication to creating the perfect creamy lamination.
NARS LIQUID BLUSH
Creator of the world-famous, iconic, and bestselling ‘Orgasm’ blush, NARS’ liquid blusher is a makeup bag essential. Available in a spectrum of four shades, this product is truly gorgeous. Enhanced with the nourishing monoi and tamanu oils, the consistency is deliciously silky and rich, meaning its appearance can range from delicate, sheer, and shimmering to bold, impactful and matte. What we love about this blush is that it caters to everyone – every look, every skin tone and every intention and all for £25.00.
ICONIC LONDON SHEER BLUSH
Buildable, natural and flattering: this sheer liquid blush is a staple in any makeup artist’s bag. With such a delicate consistency, these are perfect for adding a subtle yet noticeable glow to your complexion. Picture the delicacy of an English rose but with a little more kick! Use this blush for a soft-focus, illuminated look.
A true icon! Originally created in the 1970s, Benefit’s liquid blush is utterly life-proof – in fact, if it is the longevity that you’re searching for, look no further. Nothing beats this tint when it comes to staying power because it simply does not budge! Dab this rose onto your cheeks and lips for an instant pop of colour – lifting your complexion to the sky!
CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK LIP & CHEEK GLOW
This product gives us pure Hollywood retro vibes- and we love it! A blush for both the cheeks and lips, this cream texture is a brilliant multitasker. Created to mimic the effects of ‘love, joy, passion, and dreams’, Charlotte Tilbury’s blush is ideal for anyone looking to create a radiant, youthful glow.
GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINT
Aesthetic dream, Glossier’s Cloud Paint is oh so cute! Inspired by NYC sunsets, this gel-cream blush comes in 6 buildable shades that you can mix, layer and experiment with to your heart’s desire. This weightless formula works perfectly on any skin type, giving your cheeks a healthy, just pinched hue! If you’re looking for a simple addition to your routine, this product is your next BFF.
MILK MAKEUP MINI LIP + CHEEK
Mini, multi-purpose and packed with plant butters? Could this get any more perfect? If, like us, you struggle to get up in the mornings then this one step beauty hack is both a life and lateness redeemer. Harness the glow of those busy days with this cream blush, an easy tool to transform your everyday look and give you the complexion we all so desire.
BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE FOR LIPS AND CHEEKS
Best-selling and multi award winning, this pot really does do it all. Available in three different shades, this product is a one pot does all. Blot it on your cheeks and lips for a rich punch of colour or blend subtly into the apples of your cheeks for an undertone of colour.
LAURA MERCIER CRÈME CHEEK COLOUR
Laura Mercier’s Crème blush offers a subtle yet beautiful product that leaves your cheeks looking flushed and fresh on those no-makeup-makeup days. Adding this product to your makeup bag will give you the confidence you need to take on the day. This cream blush is yours to play with its translucent formula being tailored to be built up to your desired look.
Words by Hannah Emery
Graphics by Lucy Gifford