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Blush gives you a warm and cheerful glow. Blushes are available in both cream and powder forms, as well as cheek stains and gels. If you are prone to dry skin, whether it's a year-round struggle or just a wintertime worry, cream blushes offer the prettiest result as they gently glide over your skin.
Cream blushes range from rather dry to ultra-rich products with a high-fat base, like shea butter. If your skin is in the normal to slightly dry range and is prone to unwelcome breakouts, seek out a cream blush labeled non-comedogenic to avoid causing acne. Drier skin requires a richer, super moisturizing formula to avoid flakes and keep your makeup from settling into those fine lines you'd rather not have.
Cream blushes come in shades from pale pink and peach to fuchsia and bronze. Match the intensity of your blush color to your skin tone or experiment with deeper shades worn with a very light hand. If you have a warm skin tone with a golden or peach undertone, shades of peach, coral or bronze will help you look your brightest. Those with cool or pink undertones should opt for rosy, pink, or deep mauve shades to give you that fresh-faced flush.
Preparing Your Skin
Before you touch that cream blush, moisturize. Pick a moisturizer with sunblock to skip a step and speed up your routine. Allow your moisturizer to absorb for at least 10 to 15 minutes while you do your hair or shave your legs. If you're going to wear foundation or concealer, put it on now, before your cream blush. You can also opt to go for a rosy glow without any other makeup, especially if you're hoping for a casual and fresh-faced look.
Applying Cream Blush
You can apply cream blush to your skin with your fingers, a sponge or a flat, rather stiff stippling brush. Go pro with a stippling brush. Tap the firm brush onto the cream, then tap the ends of the brush on the apples of your cheeks, blending out toward your cheekbones. Using a foundation sponge or clean hands, dab lightly on the surface of the cream and pat lightly onto the apple of your cheek. Sponge on blush at home, but use your fingers for easy, on-the-go touch-ups. You can daub cream blush onto the cheekbone as well. Blend well, smoothing out any noticeable edges.