Six new blushers you’re going to want to add to your makeup bag this spring
No makeup bag is really complete without a blusher.
On those days when you wake up and look like you need at least four more hours of sleep, it's there to give your skin back some life. It's also very handy for giving complexions a youthful flush.
But if you've been using the same old powder for years, without really thinking about whether it's working for your skin type and tone, you're going to want to take a peek at these clever new formulas and spring-ready shades.
So whether it's a gel or water-based blusher you would benefit from, or a velvety cream to really lift your base, you'll find your perfect match here. And to help, we had our expert OK! beauty testing team give them a go for you first…
Pixi On the Glow Blush, £18, buy it here now
Twist this up and swipe on lips and cheeks for a youthful flush of moisturising colour. It comes in three dewy shades of pinks and a peach.
Beauty writer Zoe says: "For an on-the-go product, this should be half the size it is. I was worried the blush texture looked a bit plasticy but it applied nicely into a subtle sheer flush. It was the perfect width to swipe across my cheeks and cover the area in one go. The shade Juicy looks like a bright coral but applies to a nice muted peach."
Dear Dahlia Blooming Edition Dual Palette Blusher, £26, buy it here now
The tiniest blush duo you’ll see. There are four pastel shades options to choose from – all come with two colours inside that can be mixed and blended on cheeks and eyes.
Zoe says: "This is the perfect travel-sized blush. The pot houses one matte and one shimmer blush, and there’s also a little mirror sandwiched in there. Downside is it’s very fiddly to open, but the shade Blossom Palace is surprisingly pigmented and feels velvety."
Iconic London Sheer Blush, £18, buy it here now
Six dewy shades of pinks and flattering plums, these have a gel-to-water formula, and are made to be super blendable and feel ultra light on the skin.
Beauty director Lynne says: "Finally, a blusher for people who don’t wear blusher! The name is no exaggeration – the finish is so sheer it looks like a natural flush coming from within the skin rather than make-up sitting on the top. Absolutely gorgeous. I liked the aptly-named Fresh Faced Shade."
Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush, £29.50, buy it here now
These two shades of universal powder blush promise to work on all skin tones to make complexions look more healthy and awakened.
Zoe says: "I find powder blushers easier to blend so this was perfect. It was really transferrable, felt soft and didn’t look cakey on my skin. The two pink and coral shades both look bright in the pot but they don’t pack much of a punch on the skin. Good for a very subtle pastel flush."
Collection YouDoYou Cheek & Eye Tint, £4.99, buy it here now
From a new budget vegan cosmetics range with everything under £6. This lightweight, multi-purpose tint comes in two ‘suits all’ shades of pink and coral.
Lynne says: "I probably wouldn't use either shade on my eyes but I did like the soft coral Bare 2 on cheeks. It’s easy to blend and build to achieve a healthy skin flush, and made me look like I’d put in a few extra squats at my morning exercise class."
Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush, £11.99, buy it here now
Four shades of smooth and silky powders with subtle shimmers – all made to give natural and brightening flushes of colour.
Zoe says: "I’ve used blushers with shapes like flowers etched into them before and somehow the formula is usually fairly solid and hard to blend, but this was nice and soft – and lasted well on my skin. The shades are all wearable but my favourite is the warm Wild Rose."
Ask the expert: How do I get the perfect flush?
Celebrity make-up artist Francesca Abrahamovitch spills the secrets on perfect blush application…
"When using a cream or liquid formula, fingers are always best as their warmth will blend the product together with your base. Just be careful to pat and not swipe if it’s a liquid!"
"Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. Smile a big grin into the mirror to find them, and concentrate the majority of the product here before blending back over the cheekbones."
"Use matte blush formulas and powders when you want a long-lasting finish, and creamy textures for when you want a glowy complexion boost."
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