Your Guide To Properly Applying Trendy Cream Blush

Your Guide To Properly Applying Trendy Cream Blush

“Who doesn’t love a good blush to complete their look? Blush is a fun and easy way to add a touch of color, no matter what type of look you’re going for. Nowadays, there are so many ways to incorporate blush into your makeup routine that you’re sure to find one that works best for you.”

Cream blush has become one of the most popular versions of blush that is currently trending. It is an excellent choice for those who want to add a bit of dewy color to their look without making it look heavy or matte. Maybelline recommends cream blush for any skin type, but it is particularly suitable for those who want to give a hydrated look to their cheeks. People who have oily skin may not find cream blush as effective as powder blush, but they can still use it if applied correctly.

No matter the skin type, cream blushes are great for anyone as long as you apply them correctly. Giving you a fresh and natural color, cream blushes are perfect if you want something more subtle.

Prepping the skin

close up of makeup artist applying blush on woman's face

Like any makeup product, you want to focus on creating the perfect base for it. Prepped skin lets the product sit on your skin better and look more natural.

To achieve a natural look with cream blush, you should start by applying a hydrating moisturizer and primer. Avoid using any powder products beforehand as cream and powder formulas don’t mix well. To help the cream blush blend better into your skin, you can use other dewy products such as face oil. This will give you a more natural-looking finish. According to Byrdie, following these steps will help you achieve your desired look.

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Byrdie also recommends using liquid foundations rather than powder products. Just like skincare products, liquid foundations help keep your face dewy, which makes for the perfect canvas for cream blush. Because cream blush helps give subtle color to the cheeks, the foundation isn’t necessary. With or without foundation, you can get a subtle or vivid color.

Where to apply cream blush

young woman applying blush

It’s important to apply blush in the right spot to achieve a natural look, especially when using cream blush. If you apply cream blush in the wrong location, it might look out of place and affect the rest of your makeup routine. So, make sure to hit all the best spots for a flawless finish.

According to Beauty Review, the best place to apply blush is on the apple of your cheeks. The blush should help lift your face up, giving you a fresh and youthful look. Once you have applied it to your cheeks, blend it towards your temples. This technique emphasizes your natural facial structure, giving you a natural facelift effect.

Avoid placing cream blush below the apples of your cheeks, as it will pull your face downwards. You can also slightly apply it across the bridge of your nose to give the illusion of a sun-kissed color.

Choosing the right tool for the application

woman applying powder blush

One of the best parts about cream blush is how flexible it is. You can apply it with a beauty sponge, brush, or your fingers.

According to Undone Beauty, cream blush is a highly pigmented product. That means you don’t need to use much product to create a more intense look. Undone recommends gradually adding more blush as you go along to avoid overdoing it initially.

Although you can apply cream blush with almost any tool, Charlotte Tilbury recommends using your fingers. The idea is that using your fingers will warm up the cream blush before applying it to your skin. A warmed-up cream blush will mix in and melt into your skin in a more natural and smooth finish than with a brush.

With any tool or when you use your fingers, apply in a circular motion upwards. This spreads out the blush naturally without seeming too caked on in one area.

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Setting your blush in place

close up of blush palette and makeup artist's hands

Like any other makeup product, setting it in place is important for a long-lasting finish.

One of the tips recommended by our expert is to set your cream blush with a powder blush. This involves applying a bit of powder brush on top of the cream blush, just like you would do with setting powder for foundation or concealer. This technique not only enables you to build up the color but also ensures that it lasts for a longer time.

On the other hand, if you’ve applied too much cream blush on your cheeks, use a regular setting powder on top to soften the color and set your blush simultaneously. Oprah Daily states that you want to be sure you are finished applying your cream blush before using any powder. Using any powder before creams will cause the cream product to lose its effectiveness.

Other uses for cream blush

woman applying cream blush into a mirror


Nowadays, with a natural “no-makeup makeup” look becoming the trend, the less makeup, the better. Cream blushes help you by serving as a multitasking product that can be used in other areas of the face.

Glowsly suggests that cream blush can serve as a soft lip color. Using a small amount of it can give you a natural-looking lip color that highlights the texture of your lips. Additionally, using cream blush as an eyeshadow can help you achieve a monochromatic makeup look. If you have an orange-tinted cream blush, you can use it as a color corrector underneath your concealer.

Net-A-Porter also recommends using your fingers to apply it on other areas of skin to make sure it doesn’t look too packed on or overly pigmented. You want to repeat the same steps of warming up the cream blush to make sure it melts better into the skin.

Olena Aliamina
I am Olena Aliamina, a prefessional coach and makeup artist. I started my career in beauty industry back in 2016 as a makeup artist, and later on added professional hair design, lash extension and hair stylist skills to my portfolio. I hope you will like my articles and tips I share!