Blushes for Spring

Spring means temperatures that make it actually pleasurable to be outdoors. Although as I write this, it's snowing (I need to move). After such a never-ending long winter, I wanted to shake up what blushes I reach for because as much as I love neutral blushes like Tarte's Exposed, a brightly coloured blush is an easy way to instantly liven up your face. Fake it 'til you make it. I've chosen blushes that don't need a tan to look good. These won't recreate the "flushed cheeks after skiing" look, either, although that works perfectly in the winter.

You may remember seeing the Flower Beauty crème blush in Peach Blossom in my haul last month. Now that the brutal winter wind is gone, my cheeks are in a much better state and the powdery Flower Beauty formula blends on just fine. Another option is the liquid-y, dewy Benefit Posietint that I loved all winter long and have no desire to put down - it's a flattering pink for most skin tones.

Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush is, in my mind, the anti-contour blush, because I never feel the need to add contour/bronze products when using this. Pale Pink lifts up your features and gives a really pretty, youthful look. Although it's a bright colour, you'll never look clownish because it has the right amount of pigmentation.

Two cheaper options come by way of Essence and Pixi Beauty. The Essence Kalinka Beauty blush in 01 East Side Story was a limited edition blush (yup, the matryoshka doll cover sold me) but essence's regular blushes are very good - soft, easy to blend, and so affordable. Try Autumn Peach for a comparable shade.

The Pixi Beauty blush in No 3 Perkiest Pink is the only one that has some sparkle. The golden shimmer is very fine - so it's perfect for oily skin types that require a powder for lasting powder but want to edge into the "luminous" category. It's also a warmer, more medium pink than the Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, making it more flattering for medium-dark skin tones.

Check out my nail polish picks for spring - including a few pastels, of course!

Do you reach for different blushes during springtime?