One of the easiest way to instantly look healthy and radiant is with blusher. They’re easy to apply, are low-commitment, and (good ones) require little to no touching up at all. A step often undermined in our makeup routine, there are actually many ways that you can work your blusher to fit your look.
Flushed cheeks make for an easy-breezy-dreamy look, while just-pinched ones can look flirty. Healthy, rosy ones with a subtle sheen are always a #yes – they quickly brighten up your complexion for a cheeky look.
And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, if you’re not one for a romantic smoky eye, or a bright red lip – the next best way to soak up the love vibes on Feb 14 is with blusher.
Have a browse through our top picks:
7 romantic blushers to turn up the love for Valentine's Day
Dior Rosy Glow Lolli’Glow, $75
Don’t be daunted by the bright bubblegum pink – it actually lends a fresh, juicy look to the cheeks for an instant pop of colour. There are actually two types of pinks in the swirl – the vibrant pink with infused with eosin (helps the colour adapt better to your skin’s pH level), and the other softer baby pink has iridescent shimmers for a radiant glow.
Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Peach, $48
The airy, almost whipped cream-like texture of Shiseido’s blushers feels so lightweight on the skin, it’s almost as if you don’t have anything on. It’s also very blendable; a little goes a long way, and heat from your fingers will help melt the product into your skin. This peachy shade works for all skin tones for a flush of colour to the cheeks.
Laneige Cheek Glow in Rose Pink, $35
Brought back by popular demand after its limited edition run in 2017, this cushion blusher makes it easy to nail that juicy “just-pinched” cheeks look. Simply dab and pat – and focus the colour mostly on the apples of your cheeks.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Vivid Flush, $67
The limited edition pink-purple swirl was created in commemoration for the Lunar New Year (inspired by the pinks of pigs), but that doesn’t mean it won’t work nicely for Valentine’s Day too. Vivid Flush is a peachy pink with a luminous sheen that adds a healthy pop of colour to your cheeks.
The Body Shop All-In-On Cheek Colour in Guava, $23
Community trade marula oil from Namibia ensures a formula that melts into your skin for a I-just-worked-out flush of colour on your cheeks. Tip: after blushing up your cheeks, lightly dust the remaining blusher on your brush over the tip of your nose for a sunkissed look.
M.A.C Powder Blush Duo, $68
Another festive CNY launch that works for V-Day too – this duo has M.A.C’s all-time bestseller contour shade Melba, and a collection exclusive blush shade in Lovecloud. The cool pink shade works as a cheeky flush on the cheeks.
Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush, $53
Shimmery gold mixed in with a rosy pink makes for a subtly glowy cheeks that looks like you just came out of a hot shower. The blush works great as an eyeshadow too, for a monochromatic look.
Natasha Denona Blush Duo Palette in Strawberry Cheeks, $56
Many combinations to choose from from the brand – but we love Strawberry Cheeks, a pairing of a pale peach and a muted strawberry pink. The silky texture of the powders make blending easy; use the pink by itself for a romantic flush, or together with the peach for a brighter look.
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