Everyone can benefit from a bit of blush, so it’s essential to add one or two or several to your vanity table to perk you up.

Blush can come in many formulations and finishes, and they can be fun to play with, but here are some essentials to build your makeup wardrobe.

Stila Covertible Colour

For me, I believe cream colour gives the most natural effect, so I have a large selection of creams sitting around. I like the Stila Covertible Colour because they have no shimmer to them which makes them wearable for any occassion. It’s a portable compact (plus you can add some colour to the lips) and my favourites are Gerbera and Lillium for the most natural look and if I want a pop of colour – Gladiola. You can apply this with two fingers and blend, or a sponge – your choice. Available at select Sephoras and Shopper’s Drug Marts.

NARS Blush

Okay, everyone wears Orgasm and while I agree it’s a great colour – I actually no longer wear it myself. In fact I prefer some of the other colours like Deep Throat and Desire. I turn to these finely milled powder blushes to build intensity over my cream blush and also, when a little bit of highlight and shimmer is appropriate. I also really like Luster so look into that colour as well! NARS is available at Murale and Holt Renfrew.

YSL Blush Radiance

Mixing and matching blush is not for everyone – but sometimes mixing two colours can give off the most natural effect. This YSL compact allows you to swirl your brush over two colours before sweeping it onto your face for a well-blended flush. The glitzy gold compact is a perk me up in and of itself too! Available in 8 shades, I prefer No. 2 for everyday and No. 8 for when perky and pink calls my name! Available at Sephora, Murale, and Holt Renfrew.

… and the must-have for blush …

A blush brush!! You will have plenty of choices when deciding on a blush brush, but it is a must (holy crap – tongue twister). A proper blush brush is essential for exceptional and undetectable application and blending – so factor that into your budget if you don’t have one!

Tomorrow: the eyes …



  • Love it! Totally agree with what you said about the Nars blushes! Deep Throat is the Orgasm for medium skin tones..And the other shades are just as pretty! Taj Mahal is divine on darker skin tones but I wear it, too! Let it Glow, let it Glow, let.. it ..GulloW!!!:)

  • I just discovered Luster because Kat gave me hers. I really like it. It totally highlights my tan and gives me a nice glow when I layer it over Cha Cha tint or Orgasm blush.

    • Hey Leesh,

      Yes, Luster is definitely a must have and for the most part, I use that instead of bronzer on most skintones. I do like the Benefit “tints” but haven’t used Cha Cha too much – do you like?


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