I’ve decided to start putting together some feature posts that focus on groups of products that I really like, so here’s my first one which is a look at some gorgeously summery blushers. I have a bit of a thing for blushers at the moment, as if I’m really pushed for time then I will just bung on some foundation blusher and mascara and that really is the minimum I’m willing to leave the house with. You can’t beat a good shade of blusher and it lifts the whole face, making you look a lot healthier than you might actually be feeling. I’m still – after all these years – using my trusted Japonesque Blusher Brush to apply blusher high on my cheeks which I then soften out towards the temples. If I’ve applied too much, I buffer it down with a kabuki brush. If you have time then a great way to get a natural look is to layer it with mineral powder (blusher, then mineral powder, then blush and so on until you’re happy with the finish) as this is a great way for making the blusher appear as if it’s coming from you rather than sitting on top of the skin. Here are some amazing shades to check out:
First up we have the pinker shades which are RMK Shiny Pink, Clinique Berry Pop, Liz Earle Blossom and Tarte Fearless. Shiny Pink contains quite a lot of sparkle which is normally not my sort of thing, but whilst it can look quite dense in a swatch, it spreads out well on the face and adds more of a sheen than a sparkle.
Berry Pop is a deeper magenta shade that can be built-up to some serious colour, but it also blends out really well. Blossom is the most muted of the shades and it kind of heads into the ever-popular Mac Mocha shade range, making it very natural and wearable. Tarte Fearless is the pinkest of the 4 and it the best for that post-exercise glow.
Next up are the more orange-leaning shades which are all quite similar, and they are Cosmetics a La Carte Coral, Bobbi Brown Pink Coral and Liz Earle Nectar. Coral is, as it sounds, a true coral shade that is flattering and starts off sheer but builds beautiful whilst being extremely easy to blend. Pink Coral is definitely more coral than pink and the most peachy-toned of the three. Lastly we have Nectar which is my favourite of the three. It has the tiniest hint of shimmer and really livens up my skin.
These are the shades I’m using most at the moment as I find all these to work really well with my pale skin tone. RMK can be found here for £26 – link – Clinique here for £16.50 – link – Liz Earle here for £16.50 – link – Tarte here for £21.12 (introductory price) – link – Cosmetics a La Carte here for £30 (or £18 if you go for the dinky size) – link – and Bobbi Brown here for £19 – link.