In the depths of your makeup bag there's probably at least one blusher. Maybe it's part of your holy trinity of beauty products, alongside a good mascara and lipstick (ok, holy quartet, we all need a decent liquid liner, too). But, do you really know how to get the most out of your blush? One man who definitely does is makeup artist François Nars, the creator of arguably the most famous shade of all time, Orgasm. "[Blush is] a beauty essential," he assures me.
To recap, NARS was founded in 1994 and quickly established itself as one of the most inclusive beauty brands on the market, covering a broader spectrum of shades than many other lines. Orgasm first launched in 1999, and, as beauty junkies will know, it revolutionised the blush scene with a universally flattering, pink-gold hue.
Surely it can't get any better than that? Think again. From 15 March, NARS are adding 10 new shades to their core blush range. And the latest, super-charged Orgasm X is a strong contender for the best in the collection, with even more pearly shimmer than the original.
So, where did Nars get his love of blush from? "That was passed down from my mother," he tells me. "For her, it was the most important part of her daily makeup ritual. I remember she almost never left the house without it, and for the few times she did, she would pinch her cheeks for that healthy-looking glow."
From application technique to the right brush, experimenting with shades and achieving the perfect glow – here are François Nars' top tips to getting the most out of your blush.