Why can’t more items be shaped like daisies? Surely the world would be a far nicer place

Perhaps you associate coral with summer or spring? Consider this: when the world – and our faces – turns cold and grey, we need its enlivening powers more than ever. In autumn, especially, coral blush looks delicious with heavier eyes: team with smokey chocolates, slate greys or taupes, or a smudged or graphic black line. 

coral blushers from tarte, nyc and clinique

If you have a tendency to go a little Aunt Sally with your blush, give Clinique’s Cheek Pops, €20, a try: they give a pretty veil of colour, but are so blendable that you can’t whack on too much. 

Ginger Pop is deeper, and Peach Pop has a touch of pink, but both are flattering corals that last well on the skin. They also raise an interesting philosophical question: why can’t more items be shaped like daisies? Surely the world would be a far nicer place. 

For €3.49, however, we’ve got no right to ask NYC’s Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick to be shaped like a flower. We’ve no right to ask it for much; and yet, it delivers in spades. A truly great product at a criminally low price-point, Never Sleeping Pink is a creamy, pink-toned coral that gives a smooth, satin finish. Buy it now, and thank me later. (Kirstie loves it too – check her gushing out here.)

I also rate Tipsy, by Tarte – and not just ‘cos I’m digging the name. This was a Stateside gift from Rosemary, so it’s hard to come by here – though QVC stock the brand on their site, and you can also Parcel-Motel it from Sephora US. This blusher is flawless: it’s longwearing, blends nicely and warms up the most knackered of skin. To put it bluntly: if t’was more than your blusher was Tipsy, add a sweep of this in the morning and no-one need ever know. 

Benefit’s newbie, Majorette, is also worth a swatch – it’s €33.50 and on counters at the end of August, though you’ll find it already in the South William Street Dublin boutique.