Blush, one of my favorite products, comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes. It can be confusing to figure out what type to use, but here’s a little breakdown on some of the different ones on the market.
Cream Blush: Some people use lipstick as their blush. That’s totally fine, and not to say that I haven’t occasionally thrown a lippie on my cheek, but I prefer to use a dedicated blush product.
I’ve found that cream blush works the best on those with drier to normal skin types, however, I have oilier skin, and love my Stila Convertible Colors because they just work so well and last through my day.
To apply cream blush, I suggest applying it after your foundation. If you use a powder in your routine, use it after you apply the cream blush. You can use a brush, but to be honest, the best applicator you can use are your fingers; they warm up the product perfectly.
Prestige favorite: Stila, Stila, STIIIIIIIIIIIIILA! Worth the splurge of $25, because these suckers last FOREVER. Trust.
Drugstore favorite: I have not found a drugstore brand that I’ve liked.
Powder: Powder blush is a great general option for all skin types, especially if you tend to be a bit oilier. Apply with a brush – I love MAC’s #129, but lately I’ve been using a flat-topped blush brush, like Sonia Kashuk’s, and it’s fantastic!
To apply, dip your brush into the product, swipe the product, and then tap out (or blow off) the extra, and using circular motions apply to the apples of your cheeks. Forgot where the apples of your cheeks are? Check out my tutorial all about blush placement.
Drugstore favorites: Milani, LaFemme
Gel/Liquid Blushes: These are a great option for those of us who need something that will truly last the test of sweat and time. Benefit is famous for their stain called Benetint (originally used to color stripper’s nipples – no joke!), but I really like one by TheBalm called Stainiac. It’s easier to manipulate and gives you time to make sure you don’t look like a clown!
To apply, I use the applicator to put a drop on my cheeks and apply on the apples of my cheek with my index finger.
Prestige Favorite: TheBalm Stainiac, $17
Drugstore Favorite: Haven’t found one that I totally love yet.
What are some of your favorite types and brands of blushes?