My favourite blushers, plus a little blush 101 crash course

Even though I flush very easily, I’m a big fan of applying blusher.

Blusher gives vibrance to your complexion by adding colour in the right spots, and you can do a lot to balance a very pale/sallow/ashy skin tone with the right blush shades. As with all cosmetics blush should be used correctly for the best effect – truly red cheeks is not a good look on many people!

If you’re aiming for a very natural look, look at your skin tone and go with an undertone that is in the same range. I am pale, for example, and my cheeks easily turn pink. I also go red/pink in the sun and I don’t tan/bronze easily (or at all, for that matter). If I want to look the most natural, I’ll wear a light pink blush. If I want to step it up and brighten my complexion, I’ll do a light application of fuchsia pink. If I want to warm my complexion, I’ll go for peachy shades.

Same goes for medium tan skin (think skin type III, a medium skinned Indian girl for example). Natural blush would be peach and light terracotta shades. If you want to brighten a dull or tired complexion, a more contrasting brighter peach-orange or fuchsia pink would do it. And so it goes on…

Lastly, using blusher on foundation-free skin is only for flawless faces. Pink blush will accentuate redness on the skin (spots, for example) and orange/earth toned blushers draws attention to scarring & pigmentation. You don’t have to plaster on a full old fashioned base face, medium cover from a good BB cream or light foundation is more than enough to even out your skin tone.

On to my favourites. I like both powder and cream blush, and I’ll dabble in liquid cheeks tints/stains every now and then – although so far they haven’t been my medium of choice. Below I’ve listed some of my favourite blush products – if you’re using others that are great I’d love to know about them.

Juice Beauty Glowing Cheek Color

Shade: Glowing Pink {Loose Powder, Natural shade}

This is the blush that started my more-natural-shade revolution (To be honest, that  was only 3 weeks ago). The benefit of using lighter shades/shades closer to your skin tone is that you don’t have to blend for 14 minutes every time you apply them.

Juice Beauty only recently launched colour cosmetics in addition to their skincare products. Juice products all contain very high percentages of organic and natural ingredients – the blush pigment, for example, is derived from various organic berries.

Juice Beauty Glowing Pink Cheek Color
Juice Beauty Glowing Pink Cheek Color

Around R230, available from Wellness Warehouse, Rubybox, Stuttafords.

Topshop Blush Stick

Shade: Sneak Peek {Cream formula, vibrant pink}

I’ve written about this one before so I won’t say too much (click here to read), but it’s definitely the most convenient blush I own. A couple of dabs, a quick blend with the fingers, off you go. It also comes in a ridiculously dinky size and convenient packaging so it’s a great one to take with on holiday – you don’t even need a brush.

Topshop Blush Stick in Sneak Peek
Topshop Blush Stick in Sneak Peek

GOSH Multicolour Blush

Shade: Pink Pie {Pressed powder, multi shade}

I love that the segment of the Pink Pie are large enough that you can use shades separately if you want to – I particularly like the peach shade in this one. You can create a couple of different shades with a multi colour blush like this one, although I’ll advise against just sweeping your brush through everything if you’re pale skinned like I am – two of the shades are pretty intense.

GOSH Multicolor Blush Pink Pie
GOSH Multicolor Blush Pink Pie

R140, available from Edgars & Red Square

Clinique Blushing Blush

Shade: Aglow {Pressed powder, natural shade with shimmer}

The product I have is a smaller size from a promotional kit I received over a year ago and only recently dug out. Aglow is a very soft teracotta shade with peach and gold flecks. It makes for a beautiful, natural shade that provides a gorgeous glow, and I’ve been using it very often in the past couple of weeks.

Clinique Blushing Blush in Aglow
Clinique Blushing Blush in Aglow

R280 from Clinique counters and online.

 Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Shade: Presage {Cream formula, vibrant peach/orange}

I initially preferred Affinite, the vibrant pink shade from the initial collection (click here for details) but I’ve since fallen for Presage in a big way. The formula is incredibly creamy and very heavily pigmented – a dab on two fingertips is more than enough for flushed cheeks.

Creme Blush de Chanel Presage (L) and Affinite (R)
Creme Blush de Chanel Presage (L) and Affinite (R)

R440 at Chanel counters.

e.l.f All Over Color Stick

Shade: Lilac Petal {Cream stick, frosted soft pink}

Another winner in the convenience department, but this one is a more muted shade than the Topshop blush stick mentioned above although it has added shimmer because of the frosted finish. I also apply this blush directly to my skin from the tube and blend and blend with my fingers.

e.l.f All Over Color Stick in Lilac Petal
e.l.f All Over Color Stick in Lilac Petal

Not available in SA, $1 from the e.l.f website.

C xx




  1. hildegarde_k
    Dec 6, 2013 / 9:15 PM

    I only recently started using blush as I was always afraid of ending up looking like a clown. 🙂 I absolutely adore Stila’s Convertible Color. I have it in Lilium and wear it a lot! I also recently bought a Nyx Cream Blush in Tickled which is shimmery but ah-mazing.

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