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Find your best summer blush

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert4 years ago
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Whether a 'less is more' make up look is your summer skin mantra or you're putting your trust in hard-working, full-coverage formulas to see out a day in the sun, look to this all-bases-covered guide to find the very best blush for your tastes.


Nothing less than an icon, our first flush favourite comes from August's Brand of The Month: the one and only Benefit. The original rose-tinted stain, the {Benetint} is legendary for a reason. The sheer liquid formulation glides onto skin to give an instantly uplifting wash of colour – it’s fabulous on faces and luscious on lips and can be applied with the brush-tipped lid for an ultra-natural, rosy flush that long outlasts your average blush. Subtle yet sexy and scented with a gorgeous, delicate rose fragrance, it bestows the ultimate healthy glow wherever it’s applied.


Who says you need to settle for just one blush? Exquisitely housed in a sleek, slimline compact, Patrick Ta’s {Major Headlines – Double-Take Cream + Powder Blush Duo} unites two complementary shades of cream and powder blush to lend your skin a bespoke glow. Bestowing full, bold colour for a sexy, flawless flush, the cream diffuses seamlessly to lend a dewy hint-of-tint that can be effortlessly layered to increase the shade’s intensity – perfect for a just pinched-your-cheeks flush, while the powder applies like a dream and blends upon contact with skin to guarantee a second skin effect without a tell-tale chalky finish. Boasting biomimetic pigments that mirror the skin's ceramide structure and ensure adhesion, while micronised pigments in the powder, alongside treated mica grant a luminous but never-shimmery effect.


If you’re after a beautifully dewy, buildable flush, add a splash of ICONIC London’s {Sheer Blush} to your paint palette. Available in six, juicy hues – from muted mauve ‘Berry Boom’ to peach-like ‘Cheeky Coral – this silky formula lends a natural burst of colour that looks like your face made it. The fluid diffuses with ease to grant a subtle, painterly wash that’s easily layered for added intensity. Plus, the non-drying, vegan and cruelty-free formula is suitable for lips as well as cheeks! Think: 'lit from within' in a pocket-sized tube.


A killer blush and then some… Holding four incredibly beautiful pans – from a deep cherry blush to a pink-tinted highlighter – Natasha Denona’s {Bloom Palette – Face Glow Palette} is bound to deliver your best glow yet. Whether you wear them separately or blend them together, play with: the peachy ‘Glow Cream Base’ cream for a featherweight highlight; ‘Cream Blush’ for a vivid red blush with a bronzy shine that looks phenomenal both on lips and cheeks; ‘Glow Extreme’ for an intensely reflective powder highlight and ‘Duo Glow’ for golden coral, shade-shifting highlight!


Enlivening and hydrating,NARS’ {Liquid Blush} is a dream come true for lovers of flawless, flexible blushes. Buildable, blendable and incredibly long-lasting, just one pump of this luscious liquid delivers perfect, uplifting colour and a gorgeous glow. Effortlessly easy to use, the gorgeous formula comes in both matte and shimmering textures – a real crowd-pleaser! What’s more, it’s enriched with moisturising monoi and tamanu oils to nourish and replenish your skin as it imparts beautiful colour.

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert
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Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.