How To Apply Cream Blush
Learn how to apply cream blush to give the cheeks a dewy-looking, rosy glow.
- 28th July 2023
- By Charlotte Tilbury
11 minute read
Learn how to apply cream blush to give the cheeks a dewy-looking, rosy glow.
11 minute read
Darlings, once you’ve discovered how to apply cream blush, you’ll find yourself reaching for a buildable, blendable, easy cream blush formula all year round. A cream blush is perfect for giving your cheeks a healthy-looking flush. Follow my tips and tricks for working with an emollient, dewy cream formula, then find your dream cream blush in my beautifying blush collection!
Everyone loves blush, darlings… I’ve been using cream blush for years to give the cheeks a radiant, rosy glow! Cream blush formulas are easy to work with because they melt into the skin and create a luminous, natural-looking finish that beautifully enhances the look of your complexion. Discover how to apply cream blush to create a magical, blushing makeup look, below:
Darlings, never apply your makeup without performing your magic skincare routine first! I always say that a beautiful painting needs a beautiful canvas, and nothing compares to the smoothing effect and lit-from-within glow that Charlotte’s Magic Cream gives the skin! I created my instant-turnaround moisturiser to help celebrities and stars to look luminous and full of life after their busy schedules have left their skin looking dull and exhausted. Magic Cream is Magic Skin, darlings, so before you apply your cream blush, apply this award-winning cream with my famous Tilbury Tap to prep and illuminate the look of your complexion!
Once your complexion is magically moisturised, apply your choice of foundation, concealer and cream/liquid products to create a glowing, sculpted-looking makeup look. Cream blush is rich in moisture so it’s best to apply it before your powder products to prevent any issues like lifting or texture. Your cream blush will blend seamlessly with your other liquids and creams, and it will bring the look of your complexion back to life after using products designed to perfect and sculpt the look of your face.
I like to apply cream blush after I’ve created a mesmerising eyeshadow look and applied the perfect shade of lipstick. Applying your eye and lip makeup before cream blush helps to inform your blush decision; the shades that you choose will help you to select the most flattering shade of cream blush for your look, as well as helping you decide how bold your blush needs to be (for example, if you’ve chosen a bold lip, you may want to wear a more neutral blush shade, whereas if your makeup is more understated, you might choose a brighter shade of blush to make the cheeks pop).
You can apply cream blush with your fingers or a brush; both methods will give the cheeks a beautiful, blushing finish. To apply blush with your fingers, it’s best to warm up the product with your index finger by making circular motions in the pan, then tapping directly onto your cheeks and blending out using blotting motions. Alternatively, if you’d like to use a brush to apply your cream blush, I recommend my Bronzer & Blusher Brush. The super-soft bristles have a domed shape that sweeps effortlessly across the apples of the cheeks and will help your cream blush to blend seamlessly.
Once you’ve chosen your application method, it’s time to apply your cream blush! With your finger or a brush, apply your perfect shade of cream blush directly onto the apples of the cheeks. The perfect placement for cream blush is on the roundest part of your cheek and shouldn’t travel too close to the nose. Cream blush formulas are buildable, so start by applying a small amount of cream blush and add more product gradually to get your desired colour payoff.
Tilbury Tip: Imagine a vertical line through the centre of your eye – this is where your cream blush should stop and your concealer should begin.
When blending out your cream blush, use soft, circular, patting motions that help to remove any harsh lines. To give the face a flattering lift effect, blend your cream blush upwards and outwards towards the ears – this will help the apples of the cheeks to appear higher and will gently sculpt the look of your cheekbones.
Tilbury Tip: Once you’ve blended your cream blush, you can go back in with more product to intensify the colour for a bolder blush look.
Give your nose the same beautifying touch of blush as your cheeks by applying a small amount of your favourite cream blush. Applying cream blush to the bridge of your nose creates an adorable, sun-blushed effect that mimics the healthy-looking glow of a day in the sun. To apply, tap cream blush onto the centre of the nose using your fingers or a brush, then softly blend out the edges to create a gorgeous summer flush.
Now that you’ve learned how to apply cream blush, discover my dreamy cream blush formulas and find your favourite for giving your cheeks the perfect flush of blush!
Glide on your beach glow with my Beach Sticks – easy cream blush sticks for an island-inspired pop of colour! I created Beach Sticks to capture the summer glow of Ibiza in an easy-to-use cream blush formula. I took inspiration from the idyllic landscapes, mesmeric sunsets, and golden goddesses that I grew up adoring, naming each of my luminous cream blush shades after my favourite secret beaches. Whether you love the peach-terracotta of Moon Beach; the hot pink of Las Salinas; or the reddish bronze of Formentera; there’s a Beach Stick that’s perfect for you! Just TWIST, GLIDE and GLOW to take your look from the beach to the bar and beyond with cream blush!
To create a magical, rosy blush look using cream blush, choose Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow to give your complexion the dreamiest pop of Pillow Talk colour. This emollient cream blush gives the lips and cheeks a dewy-looking glow that melts effortlessly into the skin. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your Pillow Talk makeup look, mimicking the look of radiant, naturally flushed cheeks. If you love an effortless, rose-pink cream blush, choose Colour of Dreams, or if you prefer a delectable berry-pink shade, choose Colour of Passion to beautify your lips and cheeks.
Cream blush is a magical way to give your cheeks an instant glow! I created my Quick & Easy Makeup Kits to give everyone, everywhere the opportunity to swipe on a glossy, dewy-looking makeup look in minutes, with the Easy Lip + Cheek Wand working as an easy-to-use cream blush and lip tint in one. Designed to be swiped onto the apples of the cheeks and the centre of the lips, these quick and easy blush wands are a no-nonsense way to create a beautiful blush look in an instant. You can individually shop your favourite shades such as coral-pink Pretty Fresh and rosy-brown Super Chic, darlings, or purchase as a part of my Quick & Easy Kits to receive a glowy cream highlighter and a mesmerising cream eyeshadow wand all in an easy-to-store travel case.
When applying your cream blush, you can use your fingers or a brush. There are benefits to both application techniques:
Cream blush formulas are more emollient than powder blush, so applying them with your fingers allows you to melt them into your skin for a seamless blend. Your fingers are nature’s tools, and the natural heat that they give off helps to warm up your cream formula. By heating up your cream blush with your finger, the formula gets more slippery which allows it to glide effortlessly onto the face. Applying cream blush with your fingers is also extremely fast – you might not even need a mirror! Just keep your favourite cream blush in your bag and dot some onto your lips and cheeks with your finger to unlock an easy, fuss-free glow.
Using a makeup brush to apply your cream brush gives you a more precise application. Domed blush brushes are specifically designed to hug the apples of the cheeks and allow you to make easy, sweeping motions that are perfect for blending out your cream blush. Reaching for a brush like my Bronzer & Blusher Brush will also be less messy than using your fingers to apply cream blush; the super-soft bristles pick up product and apply neatly onto the face without getting any product on your fingers, nails or hands.
I recommend applying your cream blush after you apply foundation. Foundation is the canvas that your cream blush melts into, so I would always go in with a hydrating, luminous foundation formula like Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation before adding a dewy-looking pop of cream blush. When applying cream blush, stay away from powder foundations and avoid applying setting powder until your cream products are laid down and beautifully blended.
Every skin type can wear cream blush, darlings – even blush-loving beauties with oily skin! People with oily skin types are often wary of cream products because they are more prone to moving around on the face when excess oils start to appear.
My top tips and tricks for applying cream blush to oily skin types:
Reaching for a mattifying primer will help to smooth the appearance of pores and helps with oil control. By priming your face, you are creating a silky canvas for your cream blush to glide onto while helping to prevent excess oils from disrupting your makeup look.
Powder products are better suited to oily skin types because they have much less slip and set down on the face, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the dreamy, dewy-looking glow of a cream blush as well. Once you’ve applied your favourite shade of cream blush, try using a complementary shade of powder blush over the top. This will not only help your cream blush to set down and increase its longevity, it will also create a custom blush colour that’s perfect for you.
Tilbury Tip: Preserve the gorgeous luminosity of your cream blush by choosing a powder blush with a satin or illuminating finish like my Cheek to Chic blushes.
Setting spray is the key to long-lasting makeup magic on oily skin, so be sure to apply a generous amount once you’ve completed your cream blush makeup look. I created Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray to help makeup last for up to 16 hours while giving it the smoothing, blurring effect that my AIRbrush collection is famous for. Spritz this high-performance setting spray onto your face after powdering to keep your cream blush locked into place.
Darlings, blush has taken over the world! There are cream blushes, powder blushes and liquid blushes that each give the face and cheeks a gorgeous pop of colour. Cream blush isn’t better than powder blush, it’s simply different! Based on your makeup preferences, you can find the perfect blush formula for you in my beautifying blush wardrobe!
The main difference between cream and powder blushes is that cream blushes are moisture-rich and have more slip than powder blushes that are finely milled and set down. When applying makeup, we use powders to set our liquid and cream products into place, so naturally a powder will last longer than a cream. The beauty of blush is that these formulas can be used together or alone; if you want the gorgeous glow of a cream blush but the lasting power of a powder, try applying both to create your dream blush look.
Cream blush is a versatile makeup product that can double as a magical lip tint. The rosy cream blush shades that we use on our cheeks look equally flattering on the lips and the emollient formulas feel comfortable and hydrating to apply. Swipe your favourite shade of Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow, Easy Lip + Cheek Wand or Beach Sticks onto your pout for a beautifully blushed lip look that magically matches your cheeks.
Darlings, knowing how to apply cream blush is the secret to radiant, rosy cheeks! Follow my tips and tricks for applying cream blush and create the dreamiest, creamiest blush looks that blend beautifully into the skin to give the cheeks a romantic, softly pinched pop!
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