Powdered makeup, including blush, can sap your skin of moisture. Here's how to get a youthful glow without the flakes.
But powders are verboten for dry skin. Dry formulas sap your skin of moisture and can stick to rough, flaky patches, making your complexion look even drier.
So how can you get the glowing look blush offers without dull skin? The solution is simple: cream-based formulas.
Why You Need to Give Cream Blush a Try
If you've found your holy-grail foundation, odds are good it's either a liquid or cream formula. Cream blush matches the texture of foundations for dry skin, offering a dewy finish that won't dry out your complexion.
Cream blush can be a little messy, particularly if your skin is only moderately dry, so consider sampling a few formulas before you invest in cream blush. Some options to consider:
- BECCA Beach Tint is a tube of liquid blush that offers subtle, sheer colour. Ideal for use on top of BB cream, Beach Tint is a good introduction to non-powdered blush.
- TheBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Palette offers a range of colour options for lips and cheeks. These true creams are the perfect choice for very dry skin or winter use.
- Bobbi Brown Sheer Lilac Sheer Color Cheek Tint works with a range of complexion shades, offering natural colour and subtle sparkle for a youthful, glowing look. This blush stick works well for moderately dry to severely dry skin.
- Benefit Watt's Up! Soft Focus Highlighter isn't a blush at all, but a subtle highlighter you can apply to your brows, cheeks, forehead, and any other area you want to highlight. The colourless, slightly sparkly formula is forgiving even of newbie hands.
How to Apply Cream Blush
Cream blush has a steeper learning curve than powder blush, but a cream gives you more control. Start with clean hands and look at your reflection while smiling. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, gently blending up and out. If you have very dry or sensitive skin, you can also tap your blush lightly to blend it.
Feel a little weird applying blush with your fingers? Upgrade to a makeup sponge or beauty blender instead. These tools allow you to blend your blush just as you would foundation. Remember: the goal should be no lines and subtle pigmentation—not bright red or pink stripes on your face.
Think you might have overdone it with the blush? Take your used foundation applicator and dab a bit of residual foundation over your cheeks. Then blend with a foundation brush for glowing perfection.