If you’ve never tried cream blush, now’s the time
In the year of our Lord 2018, I think it’s safe to say we’re all sick of the “And what do you do?” conversation. It’s got to be done, because being polite is important, but no one’s especially happy about it.
When I tell people what I do, they either have absolutely no idea what writing about beauty would entail, or we immediately start talking makeup. I don’t offer unsolicited advice in conversation (please see above for my beliefs about the importance of good manners) but when asked, there are a few classic recommendations I tend to return to.
Wash your brushes, use the simplest and best skincare you can afford, err on the side of lighter coverage – if you’ve read this column before, none of this will be a surprise. There’s another classic though, and it’s my suggestion that people try cream blush.
With their blendability, sheer finishes and ease of use, good cream blushes make y you look alive in a natural, easy way that most powders struggle to achieve. They don’t settle into pores, they’re often best applied with fingers, and most of them can be used as lip colours, too. Easy.
Stila Convertible Colour ($39) is one of the classics in this category. Glowy and translucent, it’s exactly w what you’ll want on a grey, dull morning when you’d lik like to look alive. Shade wise, I’ve got a lot of time for the dusty peach tone, Gerbera. Apply a little at a time and blend end quickly – you can always tap over with your foundation brush if you go a bit too far.
Another long-term favourite is Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush ($56). As the name suggests, this one has a bit of a skincare focus to it – they say it lifts and contours the cheeks. I’m not 100 per cent on that, but ut a bit of Vitamin A, C and E can’t hurt. If f you favour a tawnier blush, Honey is your best bet.
Becca Beach Tint ($45) in Fig is another winner for a low-key, everyday option. This one comes in a tube (points s for hygiene) and a little goes a long way.