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Liven Up Your Complexion With These Cream Blushes

Pack on a little or go the distance with a cream blush that'll add the right amount of colour to liven up your complexion.

Most of us are familiar with powder blushers. After all, these have existed for a while now and are widely accessible as most brands offer them. Cream blushes, on the other hand, are relatively newer to the market but are slowly gaining popularity.

Unlike their powder counterparts, cream blushes tend to be less pigmented, giving you more control and freedom to build colour to the desired saturation. They are also great for those who prefer a dewier or radiant finish, and are ideal if you have dry skin or want to achieve that Korean glow.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cream blushes along with some tips (below) on how best to use them.

1. As with all coloured face makeup, you want to start with less, and slowly build to the desired colour.

2. Use synthetic brushes, makeup sponges, or even your fingers to apply cream blush and use dabbing or patting motions to blend. Swiping might disturb your base makeup underneath.

3. If the cream blush leaves a slightly tacky finish that bothers you, dust a light layer of translucent powder or powder blush in a similar shade over to matte it down.

4. Setting your cream blush with loose powder or a light dusting of a similarly toned powder blush will also add longevity in the face of Singapore’s heat and humidity. This “sandwich” technique works best for people with oily skin as well to minimise colour loss over time.

5. Besides the above method, look out for cream blushes that claim long-wear and resistance against sweat, water, and sebum. Oil-free and gel-like textures might also be more favoured.

6. Cream blushes can also be used as eyeshadows while certain products can double up as lip colours. This allows you to create cohesive, monochromatic looks.

7. You can also use blushes to contour the face. Known as draping, apply the darker blush around the temples and at the back of the cheekbones and the lighter shade on the apples of the cheeks.

This article first appeared in Cleo Singapore.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, $33, Sephora
The latest drop from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty arrived with much fanfare, in part thanks to the combined release with the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzers. And in line with Fenty’s inclusive stance and penchant for unique shades, these sheer but buildable cream blushes range from everyday peachy pinks to bold reds and purples. The blushes are also sweat- and water-resistant which makes them ideal for this weather. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint, $66, Sephora
This RMS lip and cheek cream tint is for those who are looking for a cream blush that can do more than give you a healthy flush. Made with organic ingredients including coconut oil and shea butter, this product not only imparts a healthy, natural finish on the lips and cheeks, it is also nourishing for the skin. Jill Stuart Cheek & Eye Blossom Blush & Eyeshadow, $33, Sephora
Besides the pretty packaging that deserves a showcase spot on your vanity, this Jill Stuart blush has a souffle-like texture made with cream-to-powder formula. Their shade offerings are suitable for day-to-day wear too, ranging from light pinks to deeper maroon for deeper skin tones. 3CE Take A Layer Multi Pot For Lips, Cheeks & Eyes, $36, Sephora
Not all cream blushes give translucent washes of colour. This 3CE iteration, for example, is highly pigmented. As such, less is more and you are able to use this product over a longer period. This blush also has a matte finish and is infused with nourishing shea butter. Glow Play Blush, $49, M.A.C Cosmetics
If you’re in the market for something fuss-free, this M.A.C Cosmetics cream blush is the one for you. It has a cream-to-powder formula that provides sheer-to-medium buildable coverage with a radiant finish. Moreover, it touts long-wear capabilities and doesn’t change colour over time. Blush Stix, US$8 (S$11.30),
When it comes to discussing Colourpop’s cream blushes, most of us would be familiar with the unique texture of the Super Shock Blush. However, the brand also released a stick-style cream blush. You can dab it onto your cheeks and blend it out or warm up the product by first swiping it on the back on your hands before applying with your makeup tool of choice. Canmake Cream Cheek, $14.90, Watsons
The Canmake cream blushes are infused with moisturising ingredients such as squalene and amino acid-based emollients while its light gel texture imparts a dewy finish that isn’t wet to touch. Its affordable price tag also makes them a great entryway into cream blushes. Peripera Pure Blushed Velvet Cheek, $16.90,
Another K-beauty find, these Peripera blushes provide a sheer wash of colour to brighten the complexion. It also promises to impart a matte-but-not-flat finish that is neither greasy nor drying on the skin. HERA Flash Blusher, $55, Hera
Just swipe on and blend this cream blush for a natural flush of colour. It’s one of the few you can blend by swiping because it has less wax in the formula, so it won’t move the foundation below. It goes on cream and sets to a powder finish.