Blusher Special

Although it looks like the middle of winter with the ‘beast from the east’ I can fully assure you it’s the beginning of spring. With the weather doing as it pleases it usually means adopted skincare routines, updated weekly rather than seasonally, more layers, including a sneaky outing in my dressing gown and faking that rosy spring ready look. Blusher is a make-up item I always forget, or I’m simply to lazy to apply, but it’s just as much fun and important as contouring, highlighting and adding a bit of eyeshadow – it makes everything 100% better.

There’s something satisfying about adding a bit of colour to my very pale and scarred cheeks and just looking a bit more, alive. It gives a pretty glow, a subtle shimmer and is very easy to apply – which is great as I’m super lazy. Naturally I’ll go for a cream blusher as I think it applies smoothly and is more pigmented – but it’s not always the case. I’ve found some powder blushers and even lipsticks do the job just as good. For the days I’m running late, I always think I have more time than I actually do, I reach for Bagsy Wow Lips Chubby Stick in Ready To Wear (£12), that blends easily, gives a deep damson with a hint of red and is perfect for lips and cheeks for an everyday glow. For that Friday feeling I go with one of two, the Milani Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter in Flashing Light ($13, around £9.40), as you can guess by the name it’s not just a blusher but a highlighter too. The subtle rose shade is perfect for an all-round product that can be used on your lids, lips, face and body for a holographic highlight.

The second blusher, perfect for the weekend and great for customising, depending on your mood, I grab the Revolution Good As Gold palette, a limited edition, which is actually an eyeshadow and highlight palette. The mix of golds, pinks and pastel shades work well to create the perfect weekend look. The only problem with this is that in order to get the right level of pigmentation, you have to use quite a lot. For those of you who don’t invest in eye primer, like myself, I apply a light layer of Vaseline before using the shades as it gives the colours a bit of a pigment kick and lasts a lot longer.

The last blusher I use, which is actually a lipstick, is the L.A.Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Oh La La ($5, around £3.60), that was an accidental find. I applied too much on my lips so I removed some with my finger and as I loved the shade I applied it to my cheeks. It was a good find. To my surprise it wasn’t sticky and it definitely didn’t feel weird – not that my face can tell I’m using a lipstick as a blusher. The shade was subtle enough to go under my powder and give me that natural glow. Usually I don’t like recommending something that isn’t available in the UK or is very hard to find but the ones I’ve mentioned are sooooooo good I just had to put them in this blog. What’s your blusher go to?

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