The 10 best blushers

Whatever the formulation, a flush of colour will ensure you look in rude health, even when you're not feeling your best

1. Blusher in BL8

Barry M has added two new shades to its powder-blusher range and, coming complete with a brush, they are superb value. This youthful pink tone is ideal for a fresh spring day and with just a hint of sparkle it will liven up even the most tired complexions.

£4.59; Barry M,

2. Cremeblend Blush in Something Special

MAC's cream blush comes in a subtle pink shade that works for most skin tones and is easy to apply precisely with either a brush or fingers. Use it to create the perfect foil to this season's bold lip and eye trends.


3. Baby Stick in Pink Passion

This cream blusher also comes in the evocatively named shades Tahitian and Sunset. Delicate usage produces a pretty, natural glow but lovers of bold colour can layer up for a more dramatic look.

£6.99, Revlon,

4. Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in Bronze

This soft peach shade blurs the line between blusher and bronzer – use for contouring now and as a highlighter once the summer sun has arrived.

£3.99, Rimmel,

5. Fine-One-One

This innovative new cream colour from Benefit blends together three shades – pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral – to create a colour that can be used variously as a highlighter, blusher or lip tint. It comes with a "book of tricks" to help you to make the most of this quirky blusher.


6. Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rouge

This spring sees Bobbi Brown ramp up its "Pretty Powerful" message into a charitable campaign and with it comes a limited-edition cream blusher. Doubling up as a versatile lip stain, 100 per cent of the cost will be donated to Dress for Success London to help women on low incomes to become financially independent.

£18, Bobbi Brown,

7. Creme Cheek Colour in Oleander

The dusty pink shade of this matt cream blusher creates a perfect English-rose complexion – a "no make-up" look which is a big trend for spring.

£18.50, Laura Mercier,

8. Dream Touch Blush in Apricot

Maybelline's new range of Dream Touch blushes is made with 30 per cent moisturising cream and whipped to create a light and airy finish. Also available in plum, berry and peach.

£6.49, Maybelline,

9. Luminous Cheek Colour in Mauve Diamond

This sleek compact comes in its own velvet pouch. The dark pink shade is perfect for a striking party look and the accompanying brush and mirror are handy for late-night touch-ups.

£31, Dolce & Gabbana,

10. Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave

This shimmering gold powder is embossed with the rays of a sunset so pretty you won't want to spoil it. A flattering shade with a subtle sparkle perfect for summer evenings.