Blusher, Bronzer and Highlighter Recommendations

Soft Contouring Rose Gallagher

Here are some of my favourite blusher, bronzer and highlighter recommendations. I’ve put three key words next to them to make them as easy as possible to navigate.

They all serve different purposes, so have a Google and see which one seems right for you. If you are trying to work out which shade is best for you, visit any of these counters and ask someone to help you or feel free to try something on. A quick Google image search of the shade you think you will be will most likely bring up some blogger reviews and photos of that product so you can see it in real life.

By no means are these the only products I recommend, there are so many brilliant options on the market. But seeing as I get asked for recommendations a lot, I wanted to create one guide so that when people ask me “which blusher would you recommend for me?” I have a starting point for them. Please note that I work with IT Cosmetics on an ongoing basis. I have recommended some of their products below entirely of my own accord.

Blushers – Cream

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge: creamy, luminous, youthful-looking
Pixi On the Glow Sticks: quick, creamy, hydrating
Stila Cream Blusher: pigmented, rich, buttery
Glossier Cloud Paint: luminous, dewy, fresh
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush: fresh, lightweight, complexion-enhancing
Lancome Blush Sticks: portable, creamy, vivid

Blushers – Powder

NARS Blusher: classic, velvety, sexy
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic: sexy, polished, luminous
NYX Sweet Cheeks: fresh, velvety, long-wearing
IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow: warm, multi-use, easy

Bronzer – Cream

Peaches and Cream Cream Contour: creamy, hydrating, easy
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate: luminous, dewy, rich
Giorgio Armani Maestro Drops (summer time only): dewy, fresh, mixable

Bronzer – Powder

NARS Bronzing Powder: matte, velvety, rich
MAC Cosmetics Bronzing Powder: velvety, buildable, lightweight
Peaches and Cream Bronzing Power: velvety, dense, rich
Doll Beauty Bronzing Powder: matte, buildable, rich
Tom Ford Gold Dust: shimmering, luminous, blendable
Bobbi Brown Brozing Powder: matte, versatile, long-wearing
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer: shimmering, luminous, sheer
IT Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact: skin-like, velvety, buildable

Highlighter – Cream

MAC Cream Colour Base: radiant, buttery, like highlighter for those who don’t like highlighter – just looks like good skin
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid: high-shine, lightweight, hydrating
Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: buttery, luminous, balmy

Highlighter – Powder

Peaches and Cream Pigment in Pearl: iridescent pink, lightweight, ethereal
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector: lightweight, high-foil-shine, glamorous
Doll Beauty Highlighting Powders: high-shine, glamorous, pearly
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Highlighter: shimmering, polished, pearly
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: timeless, easy, luminous
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: multi-use, pigmented, shimmering
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Highlighter: soft, ethereal, like highlighter for those who don’t like highlighter

You may find this video helpful – it’s a guide to where to best place your blush, bronze and highlighter.

Author: missrosegallagher

Make-up artist, beauty writer, and host of Beauty from the Heart podcast.

2 thoughts on “Blusher, Bronzer and Highlighter Recommendations”

  1. How to apply the products on to an older woman’s face without accentuating the lines – can you give some tips. Also is the Illuminating CC Cream ok for a woman in her 60’s ? I use Clinique Beyond Perfecting ( in Alabaster ) to conceal a lot of red veins then use my foundation over that area and the rest of my face. I was intrigued to see that your CC Cream seemed to cover your redness and am hoping it might do so for red veins and then I would be able to cut out another product ?! I look forward to your advice.


    1. Hi Sheena, I hope you’re keeping well! If you take a look at my YouTube channel (there’s a link on the right hand side of the blog) there are lots of videos that will hopefully give you some tips. My top tip would be to use cream products for a radiant finish and then set with a little powder here and there to stop it from settling into any fine lines. XX


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