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Our best blush picks for a romantic flush

January 1 | 3 minute read

Best Blushes Hero 16x9

Words by Sherine Youssef

Originally published on | March 16

If you're not using blush on the regular, you're missing out on a healthier, glower and more radiant complexion. Here's our edit of the best blushes to ensure you flush with success.

Blush is the quiet overachiever of your makeup kit. It doesn't get the loyal following of foundation, or the social media hype a new mascara can induce, but it's the product that can make your face look fresh, instantly.

The right blush will add the kind of vitality and glow that a bronzer or highlighter just can't, and there are so many formulas ready to work hard with any skin type or occasion. From liquids and creams that melt seamlessly into skin and offer added moisture, to gels and stains that promise to go the distance from day to night, or powder blushes that offer a polished finish and that won't disappear on oily skin types, there’s a blush fit for everyone. Just one swipe of blush and your complexion will look healthier, more energised and alive. What's not to love?

Here, we've rounded up 10 of the best blush formulas that our highly discerning MECCA customers return to time and again.

Makeup artist Gucci Westman’s signature is a glowing, no-makeup makeup complexion, so it’s not surprising that her brand’s blush sticks have become bestsellers. Made to be used on cheeks, lips and eyelids, the creamy, highly blendable formula glides onto skin and melts effortlessly, leaving behind a gorgeous wash of colour. Use a finger to apply and blend the product, and layer on as much (or as little) as you like to build up colour.
Makeup fans are obsessed with the glow bestowed by these blushes. Hourglass is known for their unique luminescent technology which imparts a soft-focus and candlelit glow on skin, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this collection of powder cheek enhancers. The most beloved shade is Mood Exposure, a soft mauve that falls between a blush and bronzer, making it perfect for subtle face-shaping rather than a pop of colour.

Best liquid blush

NARS Liquid Blush

If dewy skin is your MO, then skip the powder and reach for cream or liquid blush, like this one. The shade range is small (but, never fear, 'Orgasm’ still appears) and the silk-like formula glides on skin for an impressively lasting glow. The liquid format allows for more versatile wear, too, and artists like to work the colour under a light layer of foundation to create a natural flush.

Best skincare-infused blush

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Blush

French makeup artist Laura Mercier has taken her cult Tinted Moisturiser and made a complementary blush. And in news that will surprise absolutely no one: it’s incredible. Formulated with skin-loving ingredients like hydrating prickly pear and conditioning raspberry seed, it leaves behind sheer, weightless and long-lasting colour. There are 14 shades to choose from and they’re all highly wearable so… good luck choosing just one!

Best powder blush

NARS Powder Blush

François Nars knows the power of blush and has built a whole empire around the iconic ‘Orgasm’ blush shade. NARS created the shade in 1999 and the appeal of the peachy hue (other than the amusingly risqué name) is that it’s universally flattering. There are 28 other shades in the NARS blush range, and the formula’s blendable texture and buildable intensity makes them a deeply beloved artistry go-to.
A hydrating, hybrid gel-cream blush, this brings together the dewiness of an emulsion with the longwear of a stain. Featherlight and intensely hydrating, the sheer but vibrant pigments in the three perfectly-pitched shades blend beautifully into skin and leave behind a dewy, juicy sheen. And, bonus: the luminous and nourishing formula works on eyelids, too.

Best swipe-and-go blush stick

MECCA MAX Off Duty Cream Blush Stick 

Nervous about application? The buttery and supremely blendable formula of these blush sticks make it a breeze. Available in six fun shades, they glide on easily and give you time to work it in, or layer up and build the colour, before transforming and becoming dry to the touch. Swipe along your cheekbones and over the bridge of your nose for a subtle flush.

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BlushMakeupWestman AtelierLaura MercierNARS

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