Pretty Spring & Summer Blushers for Light-to-medium skin tones
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
I have a lot of blushers!!! Far more than the average person needs. Despite reaching for the same shades on a daily basis, I've still managed to accumulate over 50 blushes. Its during the Spring and Summer months I find blusher really comes to life! Summer is the season I switch up the blushers I wear. So I decided to share some of my favourites, that looks incredibly beautiful of those of us with Light-to-Medium and Medium-Tan complexions.
When it comes to blush, it's very important to choose a colour that works best with your skin-tone, other if it flatters the season. For instance i have a warm undertone, so find peachy and coral shades flatter me better, Blush is fantastic at bringing a healthy glow to the cheeks and bringing the skin to life. With so many beautiful formula's like Liquid, Creams and Powders there's a whole sea of beautiful blushers out there. What you prefer to use may depend on your age, skin-type and desired result you are after. I personally love a blusher that brings a healthy glow to my cheeks. If my blusher is matte I will always use a blush topper or highlighter over the top, to give me cheeks the appearance of being dewy and healthy. Especially in the Spring and Summer months.
How you apply blush will depend on your individual face shape. I have a long but round face, so find blusher looks the most flattering when i apply midway on the apples of my cheeks and blended back towards my cheekbone. This helps to lift my face and with the help of contouring can make my face appear more slimmer. When it comes to application, you can use fingers, sponges or brushes for cream and liquid formulas. Powdered blushers apply best with an angled brush, or a super fluffy and soft precision brush. I will share my personal favourites that I use at the end of the post...
Starting with Liquid Blushes, my personal favourite are the Watercolour Liquid Blushers by Daniel Sandler. They are just so lightweight and impart this beautiful glow on the skin. They build up beautifully and also work well mixed together. Rose Glow has been my favourite for the longest time, and it's also a firm favourite of Sam Chapman's from Pixiwoo (one of the Real Techniques founders). Rose glow is a light shimmery pink, with a hint of rose gold to give it some warmth. Its stunning on fairer complexions and is equally as pretty layered with more pigmented blush on medium skin-tones. Angel is a shimmery Peachy Coral shade, and is especially pretty on Olive-Tanned summer skin. Pop and Luxe are the newest additions to my collection and came as part of the Customisable Colour Set. Pop is a bright pinky coral, and Luxe is a warm terracotta peach. All of these Daniel Sandler blushers give you this lit-from-within healthiness to the face. It's why makeup artists love them and why they look especially pretty on ladies with more mature and drier skin.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Rose Glow - £16.50 | Link
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Angel - £16.50 | Link
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Customisable Set For Cheeks - £49.99 | Link
Cream blushers are perfect if you are scared of wearing blush, as they look so natural. I have a few cream blushers on rotation, but my most reached for every summer is the Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand. Think Nars Orgasm in cream form. It's a beautiful coral pink with an incredibly finely-milled gold shimmer running through it. Which makes the formula so sophisticated. Tom Ford always gets shimmers perfect for those of us over 30. Sadly this blush is now discontinued but the Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick in 02 Golden Peach is very similar just a little brighter. The Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick formula is one of my favourites. Next up i have another new addition the Lime Crime Softwear Blush in Anthurium, this is one of the fairer shades in my collection, so is perfect for those with lighter complexions who don't really tan. Anthurium is a soft light peach with gold flecks. Also not photographed but equally beautiful for summer is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks. These don't wear as long as my Kiko Creamy blushers but are definitely just as beautiful. Moon Beach is my favourite.
Tom Ford Cheek Products (Not Cruelty-Free) | Link
Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick in 02 Golden Peach - £8.99 | Link
Lime Crime Softwear Blush Glow in Anthurium - £22 | Link
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach - £30 | Link
MAC hands down make some of the best powder blusher formulations and variety of shades. Despite them not being a cruelty free brand (and owned by Estee Lauder) it's because of this i still use them and have more MAC blushers than any other brand. Every single MAC blusher i have ever purchased has applied, blended and stayed on the cheeks like a dream! They have shades for every skin-tone making it guaranteed that you can walk into MAC looking for a blush and walk out with a fair few that will suit you. I love that you can purchase their blushers in compact pans, or as pro pans that magnetize to a palette. I have a mixture of both but hope to depot all my MAC blushers into palettes this year. The sheertone shimmer and mineralize blushes are my favourite finish. This is because i prefer a blush i can build up on the cheeks, as opposed to a pigmented one i then have to spend ages blending out. Some Pretty MAC blushers for summer are: Peaches (a matte warm peach super popular with medium skin tones), PeachTwist (a bronzed peach with gold shimmer - stunning with a tan), PeachyKeen (a shimmery pink that leans more pinky-coral than Peachtwist), Margin (a pretty pink with rose gold shimmer), Sincere ( a soft muted pink-brown neutral) and Melba (a matte peachy-pink that leans more coral than Peaches).
Two other MAC blushers worthy of a mention are Pinch O'Peach and Pinch Me. MAC describes Pinch O'Peach as a Pinky Peach, but i find it leans more Baby Doll Pink. It's pretty bright and absolutely stunning on medium-tan to deeper skin tones. Pinch Me is a matte deep dirty-rose. That's one of those shades that stunning all year round, whether with a summer tan or applied lightly in the colder Autumn and Winter months.
MAC Pro Pan blushers retail for £16 (MAC are Not Cruelty-Free) | Link
MAC Single blushers retail for £19.50 | Link
Please note MAC are not cruelty-free and are owned by Estee Lauder
My second favourite blusher formulation is by Nars (another brand that sadly is no-longer cruelty free). Nars Luster is the most perfect bronzy-peachy gold, its guaranteed to make any tanned beauty look like a golden goddess. I find that Nars formulas blend and layer well, and best of all last all day. Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral Blush (31) is another beautiful vibrant Coral that leans a little more pink than MAC'S Pinch O'Peach. It's actually been my longest used summer blush. Don't be afraid of how bright it looks in the pan, it applies sheer and is buildable, and looks incredibly pretty on the cheeks. Then my 2nd eldest summer blush is the Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Initial (72). Another pretty coral pink with gold shimmer. What i love about Chanel blushers is how sheer and buildable they are. If you afraid of blusher, then Chanel blushers are a great ones to start with.
Another blusher formula that lasts all day is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes. The shade Glisten is the same as Nars Orgasm only not as glittery, which is why i prefer it. Its another fun coral-pink with gold shimmer. It's basically the powdered version of the Tom Ford Pink Sand. Tarte blushers are incredibly pigmented so you barely need to tap your brush in, but despite being pigmented they blend like a dream. Hourglass make my 3rd favourite blush formulation. They combine colour pigment with illuminating powders to give you a lit-from-within healthyt glow of a blusher. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush is one of my favourite blushers of all time! Swatched it comes off a bright baby pink, but it isn't as scary on the cheeks. Even if you over apply, the texture is so finely milled it blends out superbly. Whenever i do anyones makeup, this is often a blush i reach for as it suits so many skin-tones. It's equally beautiful on fair skin in the winter months too.
Nars Luster Powdered Blush (not cruelty free) - £25 | Link
Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral Blush -31(not cruelty free) - £20 | Link
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Initial (not cruelty free) - £35 | Link
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten - £25 | Link
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush - £35 | Link
When it comes to a lot of Korean Makeup Brands their blushers are definitely on the ashier sheerer side. So I was excited when i saw that Cruelty-Free KBeauty brand 3CE had many pigmented blushers. The 3CE Baba Peach blush is a baked formulation with intense pigmentation. A fun and bright Peach with a an imparted glow. It makes any warm-toned complexion look healthy and glowy. It's stunning layered with MAC's Peaches. I would say it's just slightly deeper than the infamous Milani Luminoso. Milani make my favourite drugstore blusher formulation (and yes like everyone else Luminoso is my favourite). They have many pretty shades to choose from, some are a bit too glittery for my liking but the shade Bella Bellini is stunning, and with zero glitter in sight. A pretty coral-pink but with a gold shift, similar to the Tarte one i mentioned. Plus its super affordable.
The Sephora Microsmooth Baked Blusher Duo's are one of the most underrated blushers formulations on the market. With not one but two shades in one pan. Tangerine Tease is the perfect peachy coral, with one side a glowy peach, and the other a richer orange coral. I blend both shades together. Laura Geller's blushers are another product that don't get the hype they deserve. I just don't like they bring out amazing blush formulations but always seem to discontinue them. The Laura Geller Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush in Guava is the deepest shade of all my blushers in this post. It's my favourite bright colour to choose when i'm really tanned. It's a bright fuchsia pink with a hint of coral. The gelato formula is stunning, despite this looking rather scary in the pan, the formula allows it to blend seamlessly into the skin.
Lastly, I have two of the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blushers. Ecstasy is a Coral-Pink with a gold shift, and Love Glow is a baby pink with a slight gold sheen. Charlotte's blushers are incredibly finely milled and suit every age and skin type. Ecstasy is most prettiest on medium and tan skin tones and Love Glow is stunning on lighter complexions. The Climax is another stunning shade that beautiful on deeper skin tones. I still need to add the shades Pillowtalk and Love is the Drug to my collection. Charlotte Tilbury blushers are also pretty long-wearing.
Milani Baked Blushers - £10 | Link
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Ecstasy - £30 | Link
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Love Glow - £30 | Link
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blush in The Climax - £30 | Link
My favourite brushes for blusher application are: The Elf Small Stipple brush for applying cream blushers and the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blushers. I actually prefer this over my MAC small stippling brush and it's only £4.50!! My most-used blush brush is the Louise Young LY06 brush. In fact i love this brush so much i just purchased a 2nd. It just applies the right amount of product and blends even the most stubborn blush formulations out like a dream (see image below of how it applies MAC Melba and Sincere), plus I love the short handle as it gives me more precision control. Louise's brushes definitely don't get the hype they deserve. At the moment LoveMakeup have it on sale reduced from £26 down to just £12!!
The Wayne Goss no.14 cheek brush is beautiful when it comes to applying really pigmented blushers. It helps give a soft application. I use this brush on anyone who is afraid of wearing blush. The Real Techniques Blush brush is another fantastic brush for laying down and blending product at the same time, and just like the Elf brush its affordable. I use this more with bronzed-toned blushers, where i can blend it into my bronzer. Lastly we have the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Blush Brush. Another blush perfect at applying blush but also blending it into the bronzer, so blush and bronzer become one. Another brush worth mentioning is the Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush, it's shaped the same as the It Cosmetics but is a little smaller in size.
Elf Small Stipple Brush - £4.50 | Link
Louise Young LY06 Blush Brush - £26 | Link
Wayne Goss Cheek Brush 14 - $33 | Link
Real Techniques Blush Brush - £8.99 | Link
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Blush Brush - £29 | Link
Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush - £15 | Link
I hope you enjoyed seeing what i have in my collection on rotation for the season. If you would like to see complete blush collections or blush recommendations for fair or deeper skin-tones, then feel free to let me know through any of my social media handles.