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Twuestion time: How – and when – to apply creme blush.
Fri, 14 May 2010 2:07PM
Cripes, sbeen a long time between Twuestions, hasn’t it. I apologise for that, my patented Twuestionator 6000 (I saved up and bought the new model with air conditioning and 17-inch rims) has been on the blink. Which is to say, I’ve been busy RAFW-ing and stuff. But! We have one today, and it’s a winner.
Today’s Twuestion comes from Melanie D’Souza who asks: “When is the best time to apply cream blush – before or after foundation? Either way I’ve found one of the two loses some intensity.”
And among a very impressive stream of twuestions, I chose Melanie’s because:
A.) I love creme blush. (So do famous people.)
B) I love creme blush tips.
C) A lot of people are not using creme blush correctly.
D) Creme blush looks great on the lips and even eyelids.
H) I love cream buns.
Now, there is a very simple makeup “rule” (inverted commas because we all know there are actually no rules in beauty) that pertains to “cremes and liquid first, powders to set” and which has done me very well over the years. Also, I have sen pretty much every makeup artist ever do it. So it must be great, right? Right! Left! But not wrong!
So, Mel, here’s what we do, generally speaking: We apply our foundation, and then we apply our cream blush, and then we very lightly set with a powder blush. That’s if you want it to stay put, which we generally do.
Handy Hint: Apply creme blush with a foundation brush for a better application and longer lasting colour!
If we are weekendy or campy or don’t carey, then we might just do our foundation or tinted moisturiser, or even just moisturiser, then we dab on some creme blush and then we STOP. Because we just want an adorable flush and we don’t care so much about it lasting etc.
And where might we apply creme blush? On the juicy, fleshy bits of your cheeks when you smile. Sometimes referred to as the “apples” of your cheeks, but never your “bananas” for obvious reasons. Not sure why creme blush gets to sit so cute and low on the face (traditionally, powder blush was applied further up the cheeks to create the illusion of lovely, angular cheekbones. But creme blush just don’t give a sheep, man. It’s cute and it’s flushed and it’s not gonna change for no one.)
In regards to your actual question, as opposed to what I want to talk about, yes, you can apply under foundation… but this only works when you’re using a cheek stain, I reckon. (Apply a fair amount then let it set for 10 seconds.) A creme or powder will just get rubbed off when you pop your foundation over the top.
Here are some of my bestest cheek cremes… why not comment below and add your own favourite! What FUN!
Becca creme blush in Turkish Rose (durable, so durable)
Kit duo cheek and lip in fuschia and tangerine (TERRIFIC prod, big mirror and superb bright pop colours for the lips… I actually use more on lips than cheeks)
Bloom Cheek Creme in Coy (awesome budget buy)
Stila Convertible Colour in Geranium (a lovely creamy finish and gorgeous on the lips as a matte, dusky pink, too)
NP Set cruise blush in Atlantic (excellent for mirror free touch-ups)
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Cabana Coral (very high pigment; awesome for lips also)
I hope that helps, Mel.
Now, everyone else, tell us your best creme blush, whydonya.
And yes, lipstick will be accepted as an answer, I often am terribly lazy and blend in some magenta lipstick on my fat face pillows.
Posted by: Zoe Foster