As we start the first proper week of the new year, top of my list of priorities is combating my ‘January skin’; a combination of too much cheese and wine over the festive period (and the resulting blemishes and redness on my cheeks) and the cold, winter air. Yes, we may be spending more time indoors at the moment, but drying central heating is not great for the skin, either. Safe to say, my skin is definitely in need of a boost.
I've found a solution that takes no more than 30 seconds. Apart from being consistent with your skincare regime, you can instantly perk up your complexion with a highlighting blusher. Not to be confused with a regular blusher, these creams and powders have a slight sheen to them or shimmer in the formula to instantly liven up the complexion.
It's not exactly a highlighter, either, which tend to verge on the sparkly and are usually gold in tone. These highlighting blushers are a beautiful merger of the two: you get the light-reflecting glow from soft shimmer particles, as well as an instant colour-boost with some blush. And don’t worry if you’re usually put off highlighters because you think of them as too glittery or shimmery: all of my top choices look grown-up, sheer and chic.
One of my favourites is the Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter by Westman Atelier (above). A range by the brilliant make-up artist Gucci Westman, the cream highlighters add a hint of colour to your cheeks as well as a brightening effect. It comes in three shades; a rose pink, a peach and a soft bronze, all of which work well for every skin tone. The bronze is my favourite, for a warm glow that simply looks like a natural-looking tan. At £69 each they aren't cheap, but the quality is top-notch.
For more of a punch of colour, try the Dew Wet Balm in Rosewater by Danessa Myricks, £22, above. A wet-look face balm doesn’t sound hugely appealing for anyone over the age of 16, however this balm imparts a beautiful true-pink shade on the cheeks whilst still looking sheer and glowy. Apply it as your last make-up step for maximum impact.
Finally if you prefer a powder formula, you can’t go wrong with one of the ultra fine-milled products by Hourglass. These are some of the best powders on the market, for the simple fact that they never look cakey and blend into the skin seamlessly. For value for money, invest in the Ambient Lighting Edit Mini Sculpture Unlocked (currently on sale for £40, above), a palette that includes a bronzer, powder, highlighter and blusher. I swish them all together and apply it on my cheeks, temples and across the bridge of my nose for a grown-up January glow.