Beauty How-To: Apply Cream Blush

Cream blush can leave a soft, glowing, dewy finish that lasts twice as long as a powder. But if you don’t know how to apply cream blush, it may seem like an unfamiliar, daunting attempt at playing beauty school. No worries, because we have all of the steps you need and tricks you’ve got to know to achieve smooth color.

What you’ll need:
You’ll want to make sure you have a cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, sponge (or your fingertips), cream blush, and loose powder on hand.

Choose a color:
It’s best to go with your natural, “flushed face” color. When in doubt, just try to match your natural lip color.

Choose your application method:
A sponge or fingertips work well. The fingertips generate body heat that softens cream blush, making it easier to work with. Sponges tend to soak up and waste product.

Cleanse and moisturize your skin:
Wash your face thoroughly and pat it dry.

Apply makeup:
Apply your face makeup, from concealer to powder, before you use the blush.

Work the cream blush:
Dab a pea-sized drop of cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks, or the balls that form when you smile.

Blend it!
Lightly smooth and blend the cream blush back toward your hairline. Move your fingers or sponge in a circular, upward and outward motion, making sure the blush fades out as it reaches the hairline.

Too little blush?
If you want more color, keep adding small amounts the same way until it layers to your desired depth.

Too much blush?
If you overdo it with the color, just add a little foundation to take it down a notch.

Set with a loose powder:
When you like your look, dust on a little loose powder. It will keep your blush in place.