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Monday, July 13, 2009
If you are looking to add that natural dewy glow to your cheeks (think JLo), cream blush is what you want to use. This product can be a little intimidating for some of us gals, so we asked Paul Venoit, CoverGirl Makeup Pro, to share his fool-proof tips for applying it.
Venoit recommends that you apply your cream blush over a cream foundation to avoid streaking, and it looks best when applied to a hydrated, supple face. The focus should be about uplifting your appearance. Avoid applying colour too low or too close to the centre of the face; this will accentuate jowls and nasal labial folds.
Step 1: Using a sponge or your fingertips, softly diffuse blush onto the cheekbones and set it with a light dusting of powder.
Step 2: Using a medium sized brush, apply a neutral toned bronzer. Diffuse lightly into the blush you applied, and along the cheek slightly below the bone, and into the hairline, to softly contour and create depth.
Step 3: Apply a highlighter on top of the cheekbones where the light would naturally hit them – this helps open up the face and create the appearance of higher cheekbones.
Here are some of our favourites that you might want to try:
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush
The lightweight, creamy formula feels smooth, gliding evenly over the skin to highlight your cheekbones. It contains a swirl of Olay Regenerist Serum, infused with vitamins, skin conditioners and antioxidants that moisturize and help to suspend the colour on top of the skin. It won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles. Choose from Plush Peach, Rich Cinnamon, Royal Plum and Lush Berry.
Josie Maran Cream Blush
This weightless cream blush provides cheeks with a sheer wash of colour and velvety, airbrushed finish. This “no-mistake” blush blends flawlessly into the skin and comes in three flattering shades: Sun Kissed (nude brown), Sunrise (pink) and Sunset (coral). As with all of Josie Maran Cosmetics, it is formulated without parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrance.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
Available at Sephora locations across North America
BECCA Crème Blush
BECCA’s highly pigmented, creamy formulation and silky smooth texture melds into the skin for an incredibly natural, “just blushed” look. Preservative and paraben-free, this blush also contains vitamin E. Available in 10 natural shades, perfect for all skin tones.
Available at Holt Renfrew in Canada and select boutiques in the U.S.
Prescriptives Blush More or Less Creamy Cheek Color
Blush More or Less Creamy Cheek Color has a blendable formulation that goes on like a mousse but has a smooth, creamy finish. It comes in several vibrant shades of fuchsia and rose (perfect for a cheeky glow) and is packaged in a slick silver compact.
Available at Holt Renfrew in Canada and Dillards in the U.S.