The 5 best blusher and bronzers

 

Faking a flush is my ultimate instant pick-me-up, and over the years I've experimented with every blusher formulation under the sun – from powder to liquid tint, via crème, mousse and gel.

I find that a smooth, easy-to-blend cream works best for me, especially in summer when I prefer a dewy freshness over anything too powdery. Concentrate on the apples of your cheeks. These should appear when you grin, and no matter how grumpy you feel in the morning, seeing your smiling self in the mirror should set you up for the day ahead.

Dual intensity blush in Adoration

£30, narscosmetics.co.uk

Designed to work alone or in tandem, the bright, sheer colour and its more subtle highlighting counterpart can be used wet or dry.

Lip & cheek bloom in Orange Blossom no 7

£24, burberry.com

This is a soft peach rather than a vibrant citrus – perfect for finishing a romantic bohemian look. A little of this smooth jelly goes a long way.

 

Ambient lighting bronzer

£42, Hourglass, net-a-porter.com

This marbled shimmering powder blends together to create a softly flattering glow as if you always have your own lighting technician on hand.

Honey Bronze highlighting dome

£8, thebodyshop.co.uk

This sheer highlighter can look a bit wet when first applied, but a bit of blending transforms it into a subtle glow.

Sheer blushing powder in Cherry Nectar 080

£37, gucci.com

The newly launched beauty line by Gucci is as luxurious as you would expect – this purply pink will look great on darker skin, with cool tones.

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