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Fashion & Beauty

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, barrym.com

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.

£17.50, maccosmetics.co.uk

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, boots.com

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, boots.com

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.

£23.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk

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, bobbibrown.co.uk

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, houseoffraser.co.uk

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, boots.com

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, harrods.com

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.

£30, esteelauder.co.uk