This Under-£9 Product Will Sort Out Your Lacklustre Winter Complexion

Blusher—you’re either obsessed or you wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. If you fall into the latter camp, know this: It will perk up colour-drained winter skin as quickly as it takes the caffeine in your morning macchiato to kick in. That’s no time at all, then. When it comes to creating the illusion that there’s actually blood flowing beneath your skin and your features haven’t frozen over into a blank greige canvas, blusher’s even better than bronzer in winter. That’s because unless you’ve been lucky enough to escape to the sunshine, bronzer can have a tendency to look obvious and streaky. Blusher, on the other hand, can re-create that natural outdoorsy flush you’d get from just five minutes of embracing those biting winds and frosty temperatures.

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“During the winter months, blusher can give you the perfect flush of colour,” saysLisa Potter-Dixon, head makeup artist at Benefit. “Just remember, though, that cold weather tends to bring out the natural high colour on your cheeks, so avoid reds that could make you look overly blushed, and choose a balance of peachy corals and rose gold that will brighten your complexion instantly.”

Don’t be put off if winter is making your skin as dehydrated as your activated nuts either. Powders are now much less dense than in your mother’s era, but there are also cushions, gels and creams that press into skin to create a translucent wash of colour with staying power. And if you’re a fan of highlighting and strobing, you can still indulge; just choose a blusher with a hint of sparkle, as it will lighten and lift the skin in exactly the same way and without the need of multiple products.

Scroll through to see the drugstore blushers that will leave your cheeks ripe and rosy.