Five of the best blushers for your makeup bag

Looking for a new blusher? Liz Earle Wellbeing columnist and leading makeup artist, Hannah Martin, shares her pick of the best blushers for looking and feeling brighter.

The best blushers for your makeup bag

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

There isn’t another blush quite like this! It’s one of my red carpet favourites as it leaves a diffused, blurred, almost photoshopped finish to the skin. Even if I’ve used a cream blush, I often set it in place with a light dusting of this illuminating colour for that photo-ready finish. The shades Dim Infusion, Diffused heat and Radiant Magenta are all kit must-haves.

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Beauty Pie Supercheek Cream Blush

I have to include this blush as I was lucky enough to co-create it with the team at Beauty Pie. With four shades – Bare Blush, a soft pinky-beige neutral; Fresh Faced, a brightening peachy-pink; Universal Pink, a classic blue-based pink; and French Raspberry, a deep pinky-plum, there’s something for everyone.

Not too wet and not too dry, this blush is easy to apply. It’s super flattering and lasts all day.

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Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush

I love both Bobbi brown’s matte Blush and cream Pot Rouge. Both come in the shade Pale Pink, which just about suits everyone. The blue-based tone creates the healthiest flush on skins of every shade.

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Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush

This whipped, semi-matte cream-to-powder formula is truly unique and one I can’t be without in my kit. It’s so lightweight and barely detectable on the skin, making it a great pick for brides (I often use the shade Chiyoko – the softest ethereal pink for this purpose). I also love Kokei for a real pop of plummy-pink, and Setsuko and Sonoya for a more neutral, everyday flush.

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Ciaté Dewy Blush

This super-sheer cheek tint is my go-to for creating a fresh-looking flush. Dewy without sparkle, it creates a relaxed, glass-like sheen on the skin without feeling greasy or sticky.

It comes in four shades – Coconut, a pale neutral; Papaya, a peachy-pink; Watermelon, a bright blue-based pink; and Pomegranate, a deeper pinky-plum. There’s a shade for all preferences and skin tones. It can be worn both over makeup and alone on bare skin.

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Top blusher tips

  • Cream blush can be used on both the cheeks and lips for easy, rosy colour.
  • Apply your blush high on the apples of the cheeks and blend back towards the ear for a healthy sculpting flush.

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