Blush Brush: Use One with Cream Blush

by Janine on 6 May 2010 · 21 comments

I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I started like I might fall off my chair. “Use a blush brush to apply cream blush,” CoverGirl makeup pro Greg Wencel had just told me. Whaaa? Like a regular blush brush, with natural bristles? With cream blush? As in a not-powder formula?  “Yes,” he confirmed. “It gives you more control, an even application without disturbing your base.”

Don’t know why Greg’s advice struck me as so odd — using a flat brush with liquid foundation had seemed like a why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-sooner idea when it took hold more than a decade ago. But this cream-with-fluffy-ish-brush thing for blush seemed whack to me. Until I tried it, with my Clinique blush brush and the easy-glide CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush. Eureka.

The CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush ($12.99 at is lovely, by the way. It’s light, silky and sheer, easy to blend over the outer part of the apples of your cheeks (another tip from Greg) with fingertips. Or a blush brush. I tried the brush-move with #230, Lush Berry, on the way to interview Chris Noth (feel free to check out my photo from that interview if you haven’t seen it *grin*), and lately I’ve been using a brush with my latest obsession, a certain MK Cheek Glaze.

Turns out an old dog can learn a new trick.

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Hellcat13 6 May 2010 at 9:09 am

Geez. Who knew? I never would have considered this.


Janine 6 May 2010 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for keeping me company, H13! Wait — did you just say that to make me feel better?


Farah 6 May 2010 at 2:25 pm

Hm ive always used a stiff brush but im def going to try this method now :) Thanks for the tip


Sarah Gupta 6 May 2010 at 3:35 pm

I never would have thought! Thanks for the tip…


Syen 6 May 2010 at 10:07 pm


Riight. Might give it a go then since I do love blush. A lot. =)


Janine 6 May 2010 at 10:28 pm

Honestly, makeup-life changing, guys. A natural-bristle brush + cream blush = soft, natural glow. Love it.


jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) 7 May 2010 at 3:22 pm

i wish i could use cream blush. my brown spots and concealer and cream blush don’t work well together. do you have a method for people like me? i have given up on cream and liquid blush yonks ago.


Janine 13 May 2010 at 12:43 am

Could be that cream blush just isn’t for you, J :-( But that’s not a big deal — powder blush is still a great option, buildable and long lasting! And maybe the easiest choice, which counts for a lot. Looking good shouldn’t be a huge effort, I say. :-)


Holly Sisson 8 May 2010 at 4:32 pm

I tried this the other day, but did not have a great result. Even though I thought I was applying it lightly, when I was out & about and saw myself in a mirror, blush on one side was way too heavy. Plus my brush was leaving hairs everywhere (in the cream blush, on my face), think I’ll go back to the old way….


Janine 8 May 2010 at 5:08 pm

Sorry to hear that, Holly :-( I do find the occasional hair stays in the blush although I dab very lightly at the surface of the cream with the brush, but I can’t say enough how much I love the application finish. Not every moves works for everyone, though — there are countless other pro makeup-artist tips I can’t deal with, believe me! So this one for you, not so much. *shrug*


ChickAdvisor 10 May 2010 at 3:22 pm

Mary Kay cheek glaze is my new fav product too! I’m definitely going to try applying it with a brush!


Janine 10 May 2010 at 3:26 pm

I am addicted! Makes me feel like I look way younger than I am — how great is that? A little dab on the end of the brush will do it, by the way. Apply in natural light, too! That way, no surprises! *grin*


ChickAdvisor 11 May 2010 at 8:36 am

Awesome! Thanks for the tips! :)


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