If you’ve never tried cream blush, now’s the time

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH HARRIET PUDNEY -

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.

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