I love my blushes but I always stick to powder blushes because cream and liquid blushes scare me! There I’ve said it. I always find myself looking like I was about to audition for the Peking Opera or the circus.
Recently, I figured out how to use cream or liquid blushes with the help of a couple of makeup artists from Smashbox and Clarins. I experimented for a while before finding the technique that worked for me – so as usual, here I am to share 😀
The thing about cream or liquid blushes is that it is usually more intense in colour than powder. Unless you are using a brightly pigmented red powder blush, its always easy to tap off excess colour before applying it to your cheeks. With cream or liquid blushes, what goes on your face sticks on your face and you have to work very quickly to blend.
Here’s my tip for applying cream or liquid blush.
I use my fingers because I find that it works best for me. Both tips from the makeup artists too involved using fingers. You can use a brush but the technique might be a little different and I don’t know how that works.
- For Cream blush – Tap on the surface of the blush with 2 fingers (I use fingers #3 and #4) Do not get too much colour on your fingers – you can layer as you go.
- For liquid blush – squeeze a dab of liquid blush on the back of your hand, dab at it with 2 fingers, sheer out the colour on the back of your hand.
- Start blush application on the top of your cheekbones nearest to your hairline. Working quickly, spread the colour downwards to the apples of your cheeks, without getting too near your nose. Blend away edges using a quick tapping motion.
- Layer for more colour if you like. I usually layer a little more colour on the apples of the cheeks.
- Apply a light dusting of blush or highlighter over your cheeks if you like, and you’re done!
The main trick here is the 1st and 2nd tip. By ensuring that your fingers aren’t too saturated with colour, you ensure that you don’t end up with streaks of colour instead of a light flush. Remember – colour can be built up and its harder to tone down.
Secondly, by starting near your hairline, that area gets the main concentration of colour so if you make a mistake, its easy to blend away into your hair line or have your hair cover it. Also, it ensures that you have a more natural flush, because when you blush naturally, its not just the apples of your cheeks that have colour – its your whole face (but we don’t really want to end up looking like the setting sun with makeup 😛 )
I’ve been experimenting with the cream/liquid blushes I own (actually I own just one now because I gave away the other 😛 and the exception to this rule is Benefit Benetint or Posietint – you can’t use this technique) and thus far, I’m happily finding out that cream or liquid blushes give a lovely “blushing from within” look that I could hitherto not quite achieve with powder blushes. Also, they do tend to last longer and somehow for me, look less made up for casual looks. This could be the start of a brand new addiction LOL!
Are you as scared of cream or liquid blushes as I am? Do you have a trick for overcoming this fear that you’d like to share? 🙂