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.