Sunday, 2 June 2013

How to: Perfect Cream Blush


I love blush, period! But I REALLY love cream blush. The dewy, fresh, youthful glow... Cream blush definitely does something magical to the skin! Here are my top tips for perfect and easy cream blush application;
  • Cream blushes apply best over bare skin or liquid foundation – and even better when the liquid foundation is still slightly damp AND before powder. If you apply after your powder the cream will stick to it and look blotchy.
  • Smile and begin at the apples of the cheeks, then work out towards the hairline. Make sure you leave most of the colour at the apple and blend out edges well.
  • You can use fingers or a brush, whatever you’re comfortable with. Some cream products work better with a brush (generally one with synthetic bristles), others apply better with fingers. Those that are more tacky like MAC blushcremes and Stila Convertible Color work better with finger application. The warmth of the fingertip helps melt the product into the skin, which can then be blended with a brush. Cream to powder blushers apply better with a brush.
  • It’s really easy to build the intensity of a cream blush and it layers really well to create a seamless flush of colour. If you want your blush to last all day, or if it’s not overly pigmented, layer two or three applications. Leave to dry/settle for a minute then set with some loose powder.
  • For extra glow, layer over a cream or liquid highlighter.

Favourite cream blushers:

Stila Convertible Trio in Warm – contains Gerbera, HoneySuckle and Camellia. £23 ASOS here
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink £6.99 here

MAC Blushcreme in Lady Blush – my all time favourite, which is sadly discontinued.

Favourite cream applicators:



MAC Duo Fibre 130 – The synthetic bristles transfer the product and the natural ones help to blend out. £29 here

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – the short, firm bristles really help to buff the product into the skin. £9.99 here
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18 comments:

  1. I'm terrible at applying cream blush so this should definitely help me! :)

    fashion--geek.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  2. I'm SO happy that I found your blog - it's great! <3 Following now! :D
    To bad I don't use creamy blush, it doesn't look good on my big pored cheeks ):

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    1. Hi Natalie, thanks for following. My Mum has big pores and she actually suits cream blush better. She just dabs it on lightly with her fingers x

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  3. great post, I love cream blushers!
    you should try the the ones by nyx - they have a similar consistency to the mac blushcremes

    http://blondeambition3.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Lisa, I've heard the nyx ones are really good but I can only get them online and want to try first x

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    2. Ah I see ... makes sense! Tickled is a great shade, its like a cream Coralista! Natural, boho chic and glow are lovely pinky shades x

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  4. Wow your skin looks amazing, I'm definitely going to try powdering after I've done my blush :-)

    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I adore cream blushers, they're so amazing.. I have dry skin, so they're so much more flattering! I have the convertible trio in cool and it's so bloody beautiful haha xx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie.co.uk

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    1. Isn't it. i've only had the warm one a few days and I'm addicted. I was going to get the cool one but already have one of the shades in that palette. I'll do a full review soon x

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  6. I agree the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is amazing for cream blush! Stila Gerbera is one of my all-time favourite blushes - cream or powder :)

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  7. Love cream blushes! I'm hanging on to the last very but of my ladyblush too;( so sad- one of my first and faves!

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    1. It's so, so sad! I'm clinging on to my last scrapes. I need to try the NYX ones next.

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  8. Love cream blushes too.. U should try illamasqua ones.. Theyre amaaazing.. Dewy and pigmented and they blend so nicely.. Ive recently discovered laura mercier cream blushes.. Theyre more of a vream to powder finish but i love them too..

    But i must say.. I actually love applying cream blush over powder.. I find that it gets rid of any cakeyness or dryness.. And by using a stippling brush u are less likely to get a blotchy application.. But thats just my skin and my way

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    1. Thanks Mai. The Illamasqua ones look good too. They've got some really nice shades.

      That's great, whatever works best for you. I've tried it that way but cream and powder didn't mix so well on my face x

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  9. Hi Claire, I'm a French follower and I just wanted to tell you that you are one of my favourite beauty gurus ! I love your posts and I think you are a gorgeous woman !! xx

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  10. Hi, I love your blog and so glad I started following!
    But I couldn't help but notice you said the Mac cream blush is discontinuted- I might just make your day as I have found it on Mac...
    http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/156/15668/Products/Face/Cheek/Cremeblend-Blush/index.tmpl

    The shade ladyblush is the fifth one along, and from the reviews it does say its a cream blush! Hope this helps you.

    glamhan.blogspot.com
    Check out my blog :)

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    1. Hi Glam Han

      So glad you like my blog, thanks for following and thanks for sending me the link. Unfortunately it's not the same one. Blushcremes were discontinued and replaced by cremeblends. The textures different and so is the shade.

      Thanks for thinking of me hun x

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