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It will do your face a world of good

01.07.2021

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More often than not, blushing is the last thing that we want to do. It’s a way in which the sympathetic nervous system reacts to embarrassment, after all. Yet, oddly enough, we love blusher. And since our complexions are currently somewhat sallow, we need it now more than ever. Here are the best.

THE BEST FOR ADDED HYALURONIC ACID

WESTMAN ATELIER BABY CHEEKS BLUSH STICK

WESTMAN ATELIER BABY CHEEKS BLUSH STICK, £44 AT CULT BEAUTY

Westman Atelier is not a brand that does anything by halves. If anything, its products always tend to be doubly excellent. The Baby Cheeks Blush Stick doesn’t just provide a healthy dose of colour that melts onto skin, for example. It’s also enriched with hyaluronic acid (amongst other things) to make it as much skincare as it is makeup. And you can put it on your lids and lips too.

THE BEST FOR CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT

ICONIC LONDON SHEER BLUSH

ICONIC LONDON SHEER BLUSH, £18 AT CULT BEAUTY

While we would happily use ICONIC London because of its name alone, there’s more to the brand than desirable epithets. Paris Hilton wears it, for one. And – partly in the sense that it has a watercolour formula – the Sheer Blush can turn any face into art. Art in which everyone is conventionally attractive, of course – nothing surrealist or anything like that.

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THE BEST FOR DYNAMIC COLOUR

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BLUSH TRIOS POWDER BLUSHER

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BLUSH TRIOS POWDER BLUSHER, £30 AT SELFRIDGES

Sometimes, one blusher is not enough. Or two, for that matter. It’s fortunate, then, that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trios powder blusher should contain three. Use them all at once for a flush of colour that’s dynamic as opposed to flat.

THE BEST FOR AN APPARENT HEALTH BOOST

DIOR BACKSTAGE ROSY GLOW

DIOR BACKSTAGE ROSY GLOW, £29.50

After well over a year spent mostly trapped inside, it’s safe to say that we have been forced to leave several calls to ‘look lively’ unanswered. But with Dior Backstage Rosy Glow on our cheeks, we’re back in business. The way in which this blusher reacts to the skin’s moisture level on application is why it looks so natural.

THE BEST FOR INSTANT ILLUMINATION

CHANEL LES CHAÎNES DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING BLUSH POWDER

CHANEL LES CHAÎNES DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING BLUSH POWDER, £52

Ironically, putting LES CHAÎNES DE CHANEL on our cheeks makes us feel free. Part blusher and part highlighter on account of its golden pink hue and silky texture, all that’s left to do after applying it is glow.

THE BEST FOR BOTH LIGHTNESS AND PIGMENTATION

HERMÈS ROSE HERMÈS SILKY BLUSH

HERMÈS ROSE HERMÈS SILKY BLUSH, £63 AT SELFRIDGES

We would appreciate Hermès anything, but the Rose Hermès Silky Blush – a blusher that somehow manages to be extremely light yet intensely pigmented – would be a joy to use whether it was from there or not. But it is, so we adore it even more.

THE BEST FOR A SMUG GLOW

TRINNY LONDON FLUSH BLUSH

TRINNY LONDON FLUSH BLUSH, £20

A smug glow – the kind you get from attending a pilates class before work and swapping caffeine for kombucha – is among one of the most desirable glows there is. But what if you can’t be bothered to go to a pilates class before work, never mind tackle your caffeine addiction? We recommend Flush Blush by Trinny London. Its cream-based formula diffuses colour across the skin in a matte finish that lasts long enough to fool people into thinking that it comes from within.

THE BEST FOR DUALITY

STILA PUTTY BLUSH / BRONZER DUO

STILA PUTTY BLUSH / BRONZER DUO, £29 AT HARVEY NICHOLS

As if wearing blusher alone didn’t vastly improve your appearance enough, this Stila compact contains both blusher and bronzer to take your face to greater heights entirely. And the fact that both are infused with macadamia oil will keep your skin moisturised as well.

THE BEST FOR VARIETY

3INA THE BLUSH

3INA THE BLUSH, £14.95

As it comes in both natural and more vivid tones, some might say that the joy of The Blush from 3ina is in its variety. We also like how easy it is to blend, but that doesn’t make it any easier to choose which shade to use.

THE BEST FOR THE ULTIMATE THRILL

NARS ORGASM BLUSH

NARS OVERSIZED ORGASM BLUSH, £33 AT CULT BEAUTY 

A peachy pink blusher with a golden shimmer, Orgasm by NARS is the stuff of legend. And now it’s being released in an oversized compact. Life is good.