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The Best Cream Blush to Try This Season

Cheeks are out year-round again, so dress them up with this must-have.
September 14, 2022


Let’s admit it — cheeks had it rough for the past couple of years. So having the opportunity to let them out and dress them up again brings on a new level of excitement. It might seem like a small thing to some, but for makeup lovers — blush lovers especially — applying blush for a day (or night) out feels like getting back to oneself. 

Of course, you want to use the right blush when you do, so make sure you pick one with staying power and color payoff. While most people tend to reach for a traditional powder blush, there are certainly benefits to using a cream formula instead. That’s why we’re introducing you to our best cream blush to try this season to add some spice to your look.

Is It Better to Use Cream Blush?

While the decision to choose a cream blush over a powder formula can really just depend on preference, there are instances (and skin types) that will call for the silkier product. If you have dry skin, cream blush is the better option for you. 

Whether you have chronically dry skin or are a temporary victim, the last thing your complexion needs is powder makeup, since powder formulas can emphasize flakes and dryness. Similarly, if the cold winter air is starting to take a toll on your complexion, do your skin a favor by opting for a hydrating cream blush during those cooler months.

It’s also better to wear a cream blush when you want precise blush placement. Sure, powders can be used for targeted blush application, but creams are ideal for the most precise placement since there’s no need to worry about fallout.

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Is Cream Blush Better for Older Skin?

Mature skin can be dry since it loses hyaluronic acid, collagen and other good-for-skin nutrients as it ages, making cream blush a better choice than powder for this skin type. Additionally, if you really need to add hydration back to your skin as you wear your makeup you’ll want to choose something formulated with moisturizing ingredients. 

Opting for a liquid blush like the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint may be your best move. This water-based formula is infused with aloe, which is known for its moisturizing and skin soothing properties, as well as rose extracts for gorgeous, sheer color. Since you can blend the product out with your fingertips, there’s no need for a makeup brush, making it also the perfect pick for anyone who needs to apply blush while on the go.

What Is the Best Cream Blush to Use?

The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush With Camellia Oil is a satin cream blush that’s perfect for everyone — especially those with dry skin. Made with mature skin in mind, it glides on smoothly without caking. It’s formulated with camellia oil to give cheeks a natural glow that lasts. The best part is that it dries down with a powder-like finish so that you don’t need to apply powder over your liquid blush to give it staying power. 

For extra-long wear, you can set it in place with a setting spray like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray.

Do You Put Cream Blush On Before or After Foundation?

If you’re a fan of TikTok and your For You Page has been flooded with makeup hacks, you may have seen several reverse makeup application tutorials over the past few years. Naturally, you likely have questions on whether it’s best to put on your cream blush before your foundation or after it. 

Unless you’re a skilled makeup artist with a pro hack that benefits your skin you’ll want to layer on your cream blush after your base products — your foundation and concealer. This will ensure that you’re not using too much of the product and that you’re allowing it to really pop on your cheeks the way you intend.

Next: Purple Blush Is Having a Moment — Here’s How to Nail the Trend

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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