#1 Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Blush Volupte Heart of Light in 02 Seductrice, $70
Even better, this powdery petal-inspired pigment is pretty much universally flattering – it sits at the intriguing intersection between warm and cool, and so affords us beauty buffs plenty of wiggle room to play around with.
#2 Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Score, $39 from Sephora Singapore
Indeed, I’ve found to my delight that dusty pink-anything works like a dream with my pale colouring. This sublime stunner of a shade is just about the only colour capable of breathing life and light into my skin – better at fending off pallor and pastiness than snatching forty winks, in my opinion.
#3 Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie en Rose 3, US$24 (approx. $33) from Net-A-Porter
Now for a nifty little insider secret. A great trick I deploy whenever I’m in need of an emergency daytime pick-me-up is to use a blusher in said shade as a highlighter along the highest plane of my cheekbones. The warmth permeates my face with a gorgeous glimmer, sans garish glitter – sort of like having a steady stream of sunlight trained on your face 24/7. No one will be able to tell!
#4 Sephora Colorful Blush in 02 So Shy!, $22 from Sephora Singapore
Application-wise, conventional wisdom prevails. Swirl your dusty pink blusher onto a brush – go easy, because you don’t want to be picking up too much product – then start from the middle of the cheekbones, somewhere below the pupils of your eyes. Sweep the colour out and upwards towards your temples, then blend at the edges for a soft halo effect. Dial up the drama for night by sweeping on another layer or three. Easy.
#5 Orbis Natural Fit Cheek in Rose, $18
Right, then. Earmark a dusty pink blusher as your new everyday essential, and good luck getting your blush face on!
#6 NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me, $18 from Sephora Singapore
#8 Make Up For Ever HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush in 320 English Rose $52
#9 M.A.C Cosmetics Powder Blush in Ambering Rose, $40
#10 Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom, $43
#11 Laneige Pure Radiant Blush in 5 Glow Pink, $38
#13 Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in Pravella Janelle, US$27 (approx. $38) from Net-A-Porter
#14 Guerlain Rose Aux Joues in 01 Morning Rose, $75
#15 Burberry Beauty Light Glow Peony Blush, $68
#16 Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Box o’ Powder Blush, $51
#17 Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Camellia, $48 from Sephora Singapore