The expert edit: 8 blushes you can rely on for a fresh and radiant flush
By Samantha McMeekin
Editor / March 31 2022
Our panel of pros dish their favourites
By Samantha McMeekin
Editor / March 31 2022
Ask any beauty expert what the must-have makeup product is for spring/summer this year and blush is bound to be the overwhelming answer.
With the power to transform a lifeless, dull complexion into one that radiates warmth and freshness, it’s the exact kind of makeup magic our post-winter skin needs.
But where to start when it comes to finding the best blush of your life? There’s cream, liquid and powder to consider after all, not to mention a huge spectrum of shades.
Well, that’s where our expert panel comes in; many of whom spend their days testing out new beauty products so they can point you in the right direction.
Here, they share the blushes they’ll be swiping on religiously throughout the season.
Kim Pham, Makeup Artist
NARS Liquid Blush in Torrid & Youthforia BYO Blush
"NARS Liquid Blush in ‘Torrid’ is quite possibly the best colour to bring out a bright, youthful, and natural flush to the skin. It's in between a peachy-watermelon colour for a beautiful sunkissed rouge and the pigment is insane! I only use half a pump at a time. A close contender (and one I will be keeping in my makeup bag for the summer) is the Youthforia BYO Blush; a green, colour-changing blush that transforms my cheek into its best dewy, natural blush hue.”
NARS Liquid Blush in ‘Torrid’, $43 at MECCA
Youthforia BYO Blush, approx $48 AUD ($36 USD) at youthforia.co
Sam, Editor at BEAUTYcrew
STILA Convertible Colour in ‘Lillium’
"This blush may look unassuming in the pan, but I’ve learnt that’s usually the sign of a good ‘my skin just looks like this’ blush. It has a beautiful juicy finish that leaves you looking facial fresh and it layers inconspicuously over any base. It’s a healthy hit of colour, though, so use little and layer. I find a stippling brush is best for this cream formula.”
$36 at MECCA
Diandra Malivindi, Beauty Writer at ELLE Australia and marie claire Australia
ILIA Multistick in ‘At Last’
“Trust me, wearing a cream blush during a sweaty summer can work wonders, especially for my dry skin. Personally, I opt for a swipe of ILIA’s Multistick to the cheeks for a vibrant yet natural-looking wash of colour. And don't forget, you can pat the product onto the eyelids and lips for a speedy and cohesive look while en route to your next spritz by the sea.”
$48 at MECCA
Neha Prasad, Content Creator
FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 'Summertime Wine'
“FENTY have outdone themselves with this formula. It melts into the skin, is super blendable and also very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Plus, you can double it as a lip tint. The product is very light on the skin which is perfect for spring and summer as you don't feel it on your face. I cannot recommend it enough!”
$33 at Sephora
Delaney, Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew
Ciaté London Dewy Blush in ‘Papaya’
“As a dry-skinned gal (for whom powder blush usually ends up patchy), I always thought ‘dewy blush’ was more of a lofty aspiration than an actual possibility, but you better believe this glossy gel-balm gets my dull face there on the daily. It houses hydrating hyaluronic acid, leaves cheeks positively gleaming, and comes in an array of poppy colours (though this fresh peach is definitely my shade pick for spring).”
$31 at MECCA
Aja, Editor at BEAUTYDIRECTORY
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in ‘Ecstasy’
“This may be a powder blush, but the creamy formulation with finely crushed pearls is like no other. The rich colour pigment means a little goes a long way, and the two tone design leaves my cheeks juicy with a pinky-coral hue, while adding a pop of glow at the same time.”
$55 at charlottetilbury.com/au
Maria Thattil, Model, Diversity Advocate, Content Creator and TV Personality
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
“I love the creamy texture and shade range of this blush; it has a mix of neutral, warm and peachy hues to work with my brown skin. The pigment settles into the skin best when you have hydrated adequately, so I’ll start with the Olay Regenerist Whip Moisturiser. Light, airy and breathable, I love how matte and shine-free it makes my skin.”
$42 at clinique.com.au