Blusher feels a bit left behind against sheeny highlighters and skin-warming bronzers. But if you're after healthy-looking cheeks – short of doing a quick jog round the block – blusher is the single quickest way to infuse a bit of life into your face.
"Windswept and interesting" really comes into its own in autumn. Given it's pretty inevitable that we'll come in from the cold looking flustered and slightly dishevelled, why not play into it and freshen up cheeks with a ruddy, wholesome glow.
Whether it be a subtle hint of pink, a bold flash of face-awakening colour, a natural, dewy tint, swipe of berry or cheek-sculpting neutral, the right blusher for your skin tone (and preference) can instantly lift and make all the difference.
Undeniably, it's been getting more experimental. The avant-garde blush worn by Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala and swept across eyes and cheeks, has trickled down from the runway to our own makeup bags where, when downplayed, it looks delicate, romantic and surprisingly wearable.
On the runway (Aigner AW19, Milan)
We tried the 6 beauty looks of the season from the catwalk and here's what happened...
So, how do you find the perfect formula for you? A key rule to go by if you've got oily skin, is to use a powder. If you're dry, opt for a gel or cream. When it comes to colour, rose and peach hues tend to suit lighter skin tones and deep plums and bright tangerines will complement darker skin. If you like to stick to the bronzed look, don't fret - an apricot coloured blush will only add to your look. Here, we've tried and tested a range of blushers to suit all kinds of skin types and tones. Shop the edit below to find which one is right for you...