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 well.ca) 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.

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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?

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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

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Sarah Gupta 6 May 2010 at 3:35 pm

I never would have thought! Thanks for the tip…

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Syen 6 May 2010 at 10:07 pm

Reeally???

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

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Janine 6 May 2010 at 10:28 pm

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

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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.

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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. :-)

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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….

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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*
xo

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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!

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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*

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ChickAdvisor 11 May 2010 at 8:36 am

Awesome! Thanks for the tips! :)

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