In case you haven’t noticed, winter is officially out of here and so is that bottle of full-coverage foundation you’ve been salvaging for the last two weeks. Instead of restocking, we say embrace what you’ve got, ditch contouring and add a pinch of colour to your cheeks. By that, of course, we mean blush. If you don’t already wear blush, spring is the perfect time to start. And if you’re already a fan of perfectly warm, flushed cheeks, you’ve gotta try the blushes we’re currently loving.
29Secrets Pick: Paul and Joe Face & Eye CS-114, $25
Cute and compact, this dual-purpose blush is a must-have for your springtime makeup kit to help amplify your skin tone. Sure, it doesn’t look like much, but believe it or not, these paper-thin face and eye colours can last up to 30 uses! The CS collection offers pretty shades of pink and peach. We’re currently obsessed with the soft lilac hue.
29Secrets Pick: Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, $48
For the ultimate luminous glow, you’ll want to get your hands on this cult-favourite cream blush in shade Moon Beach, a rose-gold iridescent peach. Thanks to the magic ingredient, Ceramidone, the formula plumps and refills the skin to deliver a smooth and flawless surface. So yes, you can totally use your fingers to blend; Charlotte Tilbury herself encourages it.
29Secrets Pick: bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush, $30
The new Gen Nude powder blush is great for delivering the most natural flush for a healthy complexion. Each one of the six amped-up nude shades is formulated with light-reflecting mineral-based pearls and Super Diffusion Powder to brighten the cheeks and blur imperfections, while mineral mica works to smooth the appearance of skin. Pink Me Up (a rose-hued pink shade) is our favourite.
29Secrets Pick: Benefit Gold Rush, $38
For an even more natural and subtle sheen, you’ll love the warm golden-nectar flecks of Benefit’s latest blush, Gold Rush. Not only is it flattering on all skin tones, but the blendable formula features a sweet and citrusy scent (kind of like a creamsicle).
29Secrets Pick: Nude by Nature Cashmere Pressed Blush, $26
To help define your cheekbones, lightly build colour on the apples of your cheeks with this mineral powder blush by Nude by Nature. Made with natural ingredients like Australian Kakadu Plum, avocado oil and jojoba oil, the Cashmere Blush nourishes as it delivers long-lasting colour. Depending on the type of look you want to achieve — natural or soft contour — we suggest testing out all three shades: Soft Coral, Pink Lilly and Desert Rose, to see what works best with your skin colour.