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How to Apply Cream Blush

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Hey there, blush lovers! Are you tired of the same old powder blush routine? Well, have no fear, because cream blush is here! A fabulous way to achieve a natural, dewy look without the hassle of powder – it’s a no-brainer.

If you’re wondering how to apply cream blush, we’ve got you covered with our top tips!

Cream vs. Powder Blush

Woman Wearing Cream Blush

Cream blush or powder blush? Not sure which one will suit your vibe? We’ve broken  down their key differences to make your decision a little easier.

Formula: Cream blushers have a softer texture than powder blushes, making it extremely blendable and buildable on the skin.

Coming in tubes, compacts and sticks, cream blushers can also be extremely versatile. Powder blush, on the other hand, is a powder-based formula, often more suited to more oily skin to mattify and control oils throughout the day.

Finish: If you love a dewy, glowing finish, cream blush is for you! Powder blush can be layered on top of cream provides additional longevity.

Application: Cream blusher is best applied with the fingers, as the warmth melts it seamlessly into the skin. A damp beauty sponge is another great option.

(PSSST. Although cream blushers can be applied with a dense blending brush, fingertip application prevents cream products appearing cakey on the skin – thank us later!)

On the other hand, powder blush always requires a brush.

Longevity: The matte formula of a powder blush lends itself to a long-lasting finish. Cream blush can wear beautifully over time, giving the most natural, dewy finish when melted with the skin’s natural oils.

Skin type: Cream blush is a dry skin savior! It glides effortlessly over the skin, adding hydration and radiance. However, those with oily or combination skin may like to reinforce with a powder blush to mattify excess oil and shine.

Buildability: Cream blush wins when it comes to buildability. Although rich in pigment, its blendability enables you to build the product up to your desired color.

Powders also provide a beautiful, buildable pigment, but work best when applied as a light flush of color over the complexion. However, if too much product is applied, a powder blush can easily be toned down with a dusting translucent loose powder over the top.

Ultimately, the choice between cream and powder blush comes down to personal preference and skin type. It’s important to choose a blush formula that works best for you and your desired finish.

The Benefits of Wearing Cream Blush

Embrace Minimalist Makeup:

If you prefer to wear minimal makeup, cream blush is an easy product to use on clean skin to give yourself a flush of color.

Set Your Inner Artist Free:

Cream blushes can be easily mixed with different shades to create your own unique color that’s perfect for you.

Multi-Use Magic:

Cream blush can also double up as a vibrant lipstick. A lip-to-cheek product always works well to bring your look together and saves space in your makeup bag – what’s not to love?

Glow, Glow, Glow:

Everyone’s craving that healthy glow at the moment, and cream blushers have that dewy, illuminating finish that gives you everything you’ve been looking for.

How to Apply Cream Blush

Step 1: Meet your Match

The first step in applying cream blush is choosing the right shade for your skin tone. Discover your perfect blusher match that complements your skin and brings out your natural glow.

Fair Skin: Light Pinks and Peaches

We love a light pink or peach shade on fair skin to give a fun, playful pop of color.

Medium Skin: Warm Corals or Rose

Medium skin is perfectly complemented with warm coral or rose shades to add a seamless flush to the skin.

Deep Skin: Deep Berry and Plum Shades

Rich berry and plum shades are a match made in blush heaven for dark skin types.

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Step 2: Prep your Skin

Before applying cream blush, make sure your skin is cleansed and moisturized, as this is essential for a smooth, even application.

So, complete your daily skincare regime and ensure a hydrating moisturizer or primer is in the mix. We love our Makeup Revolution Fix & Glow Primer to prep the perfect base for makeup, while also boosting radiance for a beautiful, dewy glow.

Step 3: Apply the Blush

Using your fingers or a stippling brush, dab a small amount of cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Start with a small amount and build up the color gradually.

Wondering how to blend cream blush? Don’t worry – it’s super simple. Whether you’re using your fingertips or a brush, blend the blush outwards towards your hairline and temples for a natural look.

This motion will give you the most natural flush of color, while also giving your complexion a more lifted appearance.

Step 4: Set the Blush (Optional)

For those with oily and combination skin types, it is important to provide your cream products with a little reinforcement if you are planning on keeping your makeup on for longer periods of time.

You can either choose to build your color with powder blush or simply set it with a translucent powder (be careful, layering a powder over your blusher may dilute the color).

We love our Revolution Pro Glam Mood Pressed to set your creams, while also adding a subtle illuminating boost! This will help the blush blend seamlessly into your skin and prevent it from smudging or fading throughout the day.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Now for the finishing touches. Why not add some highlighter to your cheekbones for an extra pop of glow? We love to reach for a liquid highlighter for the ultimate shine, and our Revolution Pro Goddess Glow Cream Highlighter has got your back!

If you opt for liquid and cream products, be sure to leave any powder products for your last steps.

Expert Tip: If you want a short and sweet makeup routine after applying your blush, keep it simple with some mascara and lip gloss.

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Revolution Pro Hydra Bright Cream Blush

Infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and shea butter, our Revolution Pro Hydra Bright Cream Blush is the perfect choice if you want a lightweight formula that creates a long-lasting dewy finish.

This cream blush doubles as a blusher and highlighter thanks to its light-reflecting pigments—the radiance is unmatched!

How to use: Once applied with the soft cushion applicator, use the warmth of your fingertips to melt into the skin.

Revolution Blush Bomb Cream Blusher Peach Filter

We also love our Peach Filter Blush Bomb Cream Blusher for fresh, coral-toned cheeks.

The doe-foot applicator makes application super quick and easy. Enriched with vitamin E, your skin’s barrier is left purified and protected.

Did you know, vitamin E is both a ‘humectant’ and an ‘emollient’ – helping your skin to absorb and retain hydration in the skin. So, not only will your skin look good on the outside but feel good on the inside too!

How to use: Using the doe-foot applicator, apply three dots to the cheeks, ascending upwards towards the hairline. Blend with fingertips or a makeup sponge for a flawless finish.

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Blush Stick

Who doesn’t love a cream blush stick? Our Fast Base Blush Stick is of the quickest ways to elevate your natural makeup look. Fuss-free, this lip-to-cheek stick adds a simple wash of color over the cheeks and brightens the complexion in seconds.

How to use: Simply use your finger to apply the product onto your cheeks or lips. Use less product for a sheer finish or build it up for a more dramatic look!

Makeup Revolution Superdewy Liquid Blush

And finally, our Superdewy Liquid Blush. This blush is best suited to a ‘barely there’ makeup look to add a sheer, glossy finish over natural skin. Its narrow funnel applicator makes it super easy to apply the perfect amount of product – exactly where you desire.

How to use: Using the funnel applicator, apply a few dots to the areas you’d like to add a flush of color to, then simply use your fingertips to blend and press the product into the skin.

And there you have it! With these simple steps, you can achieve a natural, dewy look with cream blush. So go ahead and give it a go – your cheeks will thank you!

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