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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.

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  • Posted by: lwz // Fri, 14 May 2010 02:46pm

    I’m all for the angular cheekbone defining blush, my mate’s all about the rosey cheeks, another uses too much and looks like she’s slapped herself. We can never agree. Blush, such a simple concept so difficult to get right!

  • Posted by: ponikuta // Fri, 14 May 2010 03:11pm

    Fav creme blush = Nars Multiple Orgasm. Comes in a stick!

  • Posted by: Coco // Fri, 14 May 2010 04:58pm

    I have Bloom creme blush in coy and love it! It smells so nice too….

  • Posted by: PerthBri Newbie // Fri, 14 May 2010 06:07pm

    I’ve got Nars in Orgasm too, but I think it ends up on my lips more than my cheeks! It’s fabulous

  • Posted by: snippysnippy Newbie // Fri, 14 May 2010 06:10pm

    I find creme blush a bit too greasy for my skin (boo hoo as I love the look it gives) so have settled for powder. Although that Stila one looks lush so might just have to give it one more go…

  • Posted by: tiger Enthusiast // Fri, 14 May 2010 07:18pm

    Well, I’m still confused. Why bother with creme blush if you’re just going to set with powder blush anyway? What bit of obviousness am I missing?

  • Posted by: Tyng Newbie // Fri, 14 May 2010 07:51pm

    Bloom Creme blush in shy is my favourite. It’s my cheapest blush but the one I get the most compliments on! I also use it on my lips with some gloss over it – WINNER!

  • Posted by: freshfaced Supporter // Fri, 14 May 2010 11:57pm

    oh i’ve heard such great things bout creme blush and really want to try it, but i think i’ve also seen u write that its not good for those with oily/acne prone skin :S any good alternatives Zoe?

  • Posted by: EllieGoulet Newbie // Sat, 15 May 2010 06:33pm

    Oooh I have NARS Multiple in Copacobana…more a highlighter I will admit, but it goes all over my face. I mean ALL OVER my face. Of course you can’t go past Orgasm in creme, which I have in a South Beach / Orgasm delicious duo. Again, all over my face. So versatile – love! And great for when you travel, because you don’t have to bring your brush, just a little creme compact.

  • Posted by: ZF // Sun, 16 May 2010 06:58pm

    Tiger, excellent point. You can, of course, wear creme blush solo for a delightful flush, (I do. A lot) but to keep that flush alive a slight touch of blush powder on top to set (a teeny touch, so that the dewy look is maintained) is an excellent long-last device.

  • Posted by: theloveofpink // Mon, 17 May 2010 10:02am

    Oh, I love this post. I want that JK duo! I used to apply my cream blushes with a foundation brush, but now I swear by the MAC 188 (mini stippling brush). It gives such a gorgeous finish and blends and softens like nobody’s business.

  • Posted by: Jelly // Mon, 17 May 2010 12:49pm

    I agree with theloveofpink! Mini stippling brush is the best! I adore Becca cheek and lip tints, I have watermelon, strawberry and apricot all on high rotation and use nothing else, plus they smell awesome!

  • Posted by: Laura // Mon, 17 May 2010 04:02pm

    My favourite is my Australias. Its only about twelve dollars and its really pretty and fresh looking.

  • Posted by: Low maintenance gal // Thu, 20 May 2010 07:34pm

    I love Bobbi Brown sheer colour cheek tint, in sheer pink. It’s a very cute, very bright pink, but because it’s sheer it doesn’t look like a giant blob of colour on your face. Oh, and it’s in a stick for easy appli – wiiiiinner!

  • Posted by: cantdecide Newbie // Sat, 5 June 2010 12:47pm

    I too am a Bloom creme blush devotee. I gots it in Rosie and Coy. I love how they smell like lavender. I also like to use the Laura Mercier orange blossom illuminating stick, which is just like a shimmery creme blush.

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 27 April 2014 10:03pm

    I’d love to try that Kit cosmetics one. Because it has such fun colours like you say. Hissyfit makes some nice creme blushes too.