Your best beauty bet for Valentine's Day? Nope, not lipstick or gloss. It's blush. The kind you get when, say, Clive-O comes over. It makes your skin glow and your eyes sparkle, like you've just... or are about to. And one of the best ways to get that when Clive-Oâ€™s not available (I keep him pretty busy) is cream blush.
I know, it's another photo of Ms Meester, but look at those cheeks! A little concealer, scads of black mascara, a slick of strawberry gloss, and you, too, can look this romance ready.
See? Also on Michelle Williams (I know, again!) -- gorgey, as beautygeek Liza would say. (Tips here on making your skin look as insanely glowy as Michelle's.) And flushed cheeks on Vera Farmiga, below? Just beautiful with a polished berry lip.
Anyway, easier to blend than a stain, cream colour is particularly appealing for dry skin (it gives cheeks a lovely radiant, got-it-from-Mother-Nature finish), but can work quite well on oilier skin like mine (dust with transluscent powder then layer powder blush on top if you're worried about staying power). And if you've been reading beautygeeks for a while, you know I now often use a blush brush to apply cream blush, for even easier blending.
Five of my current favourites -- if you count by brands:
YSL Creme de Blush ($52) in Temptation Fuchsia and Rouge Passion, a cream-to-powder formula, completely unsticky. This one I apply with my fingers because the pot's just wee. At Holt Renfrew; select Bay stores; Murale.
Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Crush ($29), super sheer and silky, not sticky. More of a tint than a cream, as the name indicates. Enriched with vitamins A, C and E. At select Shoppers Drug Marts; Sephora.
Mary Kay Cream Blush ($18) in Cranberry, also a light, cream-to-powder formula, with antioxidants and vitamin C via white lily bulb and peach extracts. If you like a little shimmer in your blush, MK's other shade, Sheer Bliss, has a pearlized finish.Â At MaryKay.ca.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy in Bloom ($14), beautifully sheer, light, unsticky, with skin-loving oils jojoba and safflower, plus vitamin E. At Shoppers Drug Mart.
Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed ($37), an excellent all-natural stick balm of mineral pigments (including a titch of mica) and organic coconut, olive fruit, jojoba, safflower and sunflower oils, plus shea butter and more. More solid than a cream, but Staff insisted I include it; it's one of her favourites too. Vera Farmiga is wearing it in the above photo. At greenbeauty.ca
I have many more cream-esque blush loves -- Clive-O likes rosy cheeks. You?