It’s the one switch up that will take your face from ghostly to pretty in two swipes.
In the depth of winter, a glow-inducing blush is your best ally to looking fresh-faced and radiant. But don’t get overzealous – a little bit of colour goes a long way.
Cream vs Powder
It’s a matter of taste and comfort. Whilst cream blushers have a reputation for being subtle and easy to dab on, in the colder months I favour powder formulations. As I tend to wear foundation in winter, I find they work better in conjunction with a heavier base.
Matte vs Shimmer
Always a bit of a sheer glimmer, that’s what makes skin look alive! But nothing with glitter, which translates as super un-natural on the skin.
Bright vs Subtle
I don’t go near electric hues – they are too jarring. But equally anything too naked can wash the face out. The idea is to look naturally flushed but not visibly made up and the prettiest colour palette for winter are peachy and rosy-pink hues.
Contour vs Blush
Why choose? One of my favourite tricks is to use blush to sculpt my cheeks. It looks so much softer than a heavy-handed contour. I use a neutral blush and swirl my blusher brush from under my cheekbones upwards towards my ears, so I sculpt my cheeks and pop the apples in one go.
The #1 Rule: Blend. No, I mean keep on blending even if you think you’ve blended enough, blend a bit more. You want the blush to be soft and hazy, so you can’t see where it begins and ends.
My Top Blush Picks
1 Kiko Blush Cocoa Shock in Sweet Coral and Apricot – I’m completely mad about this blush duo, combining the ultimate shades of pink and peach, to wear separately or swirled together.
2 Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach – blends seamlessly into a warm flush on medium to tan skins. (note: as is expected of quirky brand Too Faced, this smells of peach too!)
3 Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love – the most gorgeous peachy nude to subtly contour-blush on light to medium skin tones.
4 NYX Sweet Cheeks – I really rate NYX blushers, they are inexpensive and deliver a translucent finish. I love this palette of eight irresistible shades from sheer to shimmer.
5 Vincent Longo Water Canvas Crème to Powder Blush in Forever Flush – this is a great choice for cream blush devotees. It melts into the skin without the usual tackiness associated with creamy textures as it settles into a velvety finish.
6 MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty – this gives such a flattering rosy glow on all skintones – it might just be the world’s prettiest shade of blush.