Have you often wondered how to choose the right blush? Blush texture is always the first thing to consider when looking for something you love. Color is important, too, but with all the colors on the market, the rainbow is endless!
Confession: Y'all! I am a blush WHORE! The brighter the better. Instant gorgeousness like a good roll in the hay! ME-OW!
Today, I am going to help you find the perfect texture blush for your skin type. There is also a video inside to show you how to create a gel/cream style blush. You're gonna feel so damn smart. Grab some wine, this is a real educational piece, so BOOKMARK this page!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BLUSH
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What is my skin type? Dry? Oily? Combination?
2. What kind of result am I looking for? Natural? Dramatic? Sheer? Shimmery?
3. What is the occasion? A special event? A day at the beach? First date?
Once you know the answers to your questions, then you know how to shop like a pro makeup artist…
Powder blush is probably the easiest blush to use. From beginner to pro, great formulas will blend easy and last at least 4 hours without reapplying, depending on skin type. Here are some common characteristics of powder blush:
Finish: Natural to Dramatic (depending on brand.)
Textures: Powders come in sheer, matte, and shimmer finishes. Texture can be powdery or a creamy powder texture depending on brand. I like finely milled powders, personally.
Good for: All skin tones but dry, dehydrated skin tones may look too dry on the skin. If this happens, mix with a little Water Balm Skin Prep and make a gel stain. See video below for the technique.
Makeup Artist Pro Tip: While I think all skin tones can use powder blush, I do find some drier/dehydrated skin tones may want to opt for a cream, liquid, or gel instead. If you are dry or dehydrated, skin prep and a hydrating foundation will help overcome that.
Best Tools for Powder Blush
Blush & Powder Brush – Depending on the desired result, any shape you choose is great. I find natural hair brushes made of pony, goat, or squirrel give best results. Synthetic brushes will work as long as they’re fluffy and not too dense. If you have problems with synthetics and powders, don’t feel bad, they generally are not my favorites to use with powders if I am being balls-on-the-table honest.
Some of my favorite powder blushes are:
- Makeup Geek
Build this great blush to go from natural to dramatic. These are sold in pans, so be sure you have an empty magnetic makeup palette.
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
This is a soft blush that radiates light beautifully. Perfect for over 40 skin.
- Burberry Blush
Expensive, yes, but like sex in a powder. Blends like a dream. Perfect for all ages.
Not all creams are created equal. Some sheer out too much and some are too dry and cakey. I do like cream blushes in a stick form because they are easy to use for many people.
Cream blush is also one of the things I keep in my kit to layer UNDER powder blush. It is part of my “underpinning” and layering technique. I also like to add cream blush under airbrush foundation to give the skin an appearance that looks real.
Finish: Natural, textureless finish.
Good for: Great for all skin tones.
Makeup Artist Pro Tip: Super Oily skin tones may not get a long wear out of cream blush. A cream to powder may work best in this instance if they would like to get a more natural look.
Best Tools For Cream Blush:
Angled Stipple Brush or Fluffy Cream Blush Brush. Synthetics like this Mark Jacobs Foundation Brush (just use the tip) or sables are great for anything cream based.
Cream Cheek Blush Brush:
Use this brush when you want a natural finish to your cream blush
Angled Stipple Brush
Use this brush when you want a bolder finish to your cream blush
Sable Foundation Brush
This brush is great to use in a sweeping motion to create a perfect flush. Move down and out with creams to blend seamlessly.
Some of my favorite cream blushes are:
- Stila Convertible Blush
Great, classic cream blush. This works well with Angled stipple brush when you want bolder color.
- Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
Super easy to use and includes a little shimmer for the days when you want a little glow.
- Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio
I like this for travel. It has a blush, bronzer, and a little cream highlighter all in one. Super easy.
- Senna Cheeky Palette
One of my favorites to keep in my kit, it's a hybrid of a cream that turns into a powder. The colors are gorgeous too.
Cheek Tints & Stains
Cheek tints and stains are great for hot weather and for days you don’t want to look like you tried too hard. A good cheek stain will look like youth-recaptured. Many double as a lip. So double duty is always a bonus, especially for quick trips to the airport.
The only challenge I see with cheek stains is they can be difficult to blend for people who lack patience. But once you learn to master a cheek stain, it will become a staple in your makeup bag.
Sometimes I add a little Water Balm Skin Prep for a flush of color when I don’t want to see any added texture to the skin.
Great Blush for Dry, Normal, Mature Skin Tones
Note: These tint stains look best on makeup-free skin. There are perfect for the beach, lunch meetings, and barbecues. Anytime you want to look fresh and well rested. Oily skin tones won’t get much long wear out of some cheek stains. Brand and formula will vary.
The Finish: Sheer to Natural. Perfect for that “flushed” look. Textureless. Sexy. Chic. Great for everyday wear and for any occasion.
Best Tools for Cheek Tints & Stains:
Flat Sable brush or flat synthetic foundation brush. A “Dry Brushing” technique is best.
Some of my favorite cheek stains are:
- Divine Duo Lip & Cheek Stain
This stain is great for lips and cheeks and in an easy to carry, no messy packaging.
- Benefit “Benetint” Cheek and Lip Stain
This classic formula has been around for years and is a cult favorite for a reason.
- Lip2Cheek RMS Beauty
This is an oil based cheek stain. Perfect for mature skin. Great travel jar and perfect for touch-ups.
Gel blush really gives you a sheer wash of color. This is the perfect example of “kiss it don’t fuck it.” There are some great jelly textures coming to the market that are also full of rich, high pigment color.
Pro Makeup Artist Tip: Put on gel blush before you use any type of powder. Depending on the texture, gel blushes can grab to powders and the result will be a chunky mess. That ain't cute.
The Finish: Natural to dramatic, depending on the formula. Skin-like texture. Sheer. Great for quick grocery store runs or to the gym.
Best Tools for Gel Blush: Flat Sable brush or Angled Stipple brush.
Some of my favorite gel blushes are:
- Becca Lip & Blush Tint Gel
This is a gel/stain hybrid. Sometimes tricky to use, the key is not to sheer it out so much you sheer it right off. Apply with an angled stipple brush and stipple for best results.
- Guerlain Tinted Gel & Lip
this is a groovy little product that is great to go. Apply with an applicator and use dry brush technique with a flat sable brush or Angled stipple brush to give a gorgeous flush. Use fingers if on the go.
- Smashbox O-Glow
While limited to one color, I like to apply this with fingers and then blend out with a flat sable foundation to blend edges.
- By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace Hydra Radiance Aqua Blush
A gorgeous flush of color. Perfect for over 40 skin. One of my all-time faves, especially for film work where you need zero texture on the skin.
Cheek sticks usually come in a cream or gel formula. Cream blush sticks are easy to apply, and great for travel, depending on the formula. Cheek sticks also come in chubby sticks formulas. Cream blush in a stick or roll up are some of my favorites because it helps cream blushes last longer in packaging.
The Finish: Natural to dramatic, depending on the formula. Skin like finish. Great for travel, quick fixes, great to keep in your purse.
Best Tools for Cheek Blush Sticks:
Flat sable brush or a synthetic flat foundation brush in combination with fingers. Apply directly from stick then blend out with a clean brush to soften edges.
For new pros: scrape to a palette and apply with a brush. Do not use directly from stick-on clients. #sanitation101
Some of my favorite cheeks sticks are:
- Ilia Multi Stick
If you like the RMS cheek stain in the jar, you may like this in the stick. Sheer color that's easy to use.
- Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Beautiful colors, easy to use, blends nicely. Great for travel.
- Sisley Paris Phyto-Blush Twist
They only have 3 colors but the 3 colors they have are gorgeous! One of my all-time favs.
One of my favorite things to use ever is liquid blush. If I was left with nothing on a desert island, liquid blush would be on my top list of things to take. I like this best for all skin tones and when I really want to create a dramatic look using our “underpinning” technique.
As a pro, I like it best because I can keep it sanitary and it travels nicely.
Great for: All skin tones, although with oily skin tones, mileage may vary, depending on the formula.
The Finish: Natural to Dramatic. Skin like textureless finish. Melts into the skin. Seamless. Drool-worthy.
Pro Tip: Use before powder so it will glide on the skin. Layer in thin layers to build up the color.
Some of my favorite liquid blushes are:
- Nars Liquid Blush
Looking for extra bold color! These are great to use for those days you want to be a bad ass britch!
- Armani Fluid Sheer Liquid Blush
When I see only 4 stars on Sephora, this tells me people don’t understand this unicorn in a jar liquid blush. A 1/2-1 pump is more than enough for the skin. I love to add it after I apply liquid foundation. Says it can be used as an eyeshadow base, but I still think it works best as a blush or soft highlighter in the lighter shades.
- YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush
Great little travel size and easy to apply, it’s a hybrid of liquid and mousse.
- Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blusher
Great indie brand of liquid blush. You can mix this with a liquid highlighter for a gorgeous cheek glow!
I hope this post helps you discover natural blushes in a whole new way!
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