It’s time to put the roses back in your cheeks, guys. Don’t be scared of blusher. We need it. It’s easy – truly easy – to conquer. And remember that bronzer is not blusher. Different products, different jobs.
Blusher is there, not merely for youthful glow and good cheer, but also to create an undulation in your cheek. A differentiation, if you like. We are all vaguely aiming for a slight hollow under the cheek bone, a little light reflection on top of the cheekbones and some plumpness in the apples of our cheeks. Curvature. Blusher is our friend.
Nars’ new Exposed cheek palette is £46, which is a lot to part with BUT you’re getting six fantastic shades for year-round blush-making and, incidentally, contouring. The only one of the six powders that has shimmer is the highlighter which could easily double as an eye shadow. The other five take you from a subtle apricot to a ballsy hot pink that looks scary but might just be perfect for a summer party situation. There is a slightly dead, brownish shade that makes for a demon contouring weapon and an easier pale pink that delivers a classic rosy cheek. The palette is your blushing oyster. Does that sound rude? Anyway, it’s playtime.
Nars Exposed Cheek Palette, £46