I remember my grandmother telling me when I was little that she couldn’t help but pinch my cute pink cheeks. I used to run away from it, but now I do the same thing to my own daughter. There’s just something so irresistible about rosy cheeks—they have a way of adding a youthful glow even for older women.
The easiest way to add color to your cheeks is with blush. Like many other face makeup products, there are a variety of different textures to choose from. Here’s how it breaks down.
Cream blush: The advantage of a cream blush is that it looks the way it’s supposed to for longer, especially in warm weather conditions. It’s a good choice for women who struggle with dry skin because the consistency of the blush helps retain moisture on the cheeks. The downside to cream blush is that it can settle into fine line and wrinkles around the cheeks. They’re also harder to blend and if it isn’t applied properly, it won’t look natural. If you have oily skin, cream blush probably wouldn’t be the best pick.
Powder blush: This type of blush will either come pressed or as a loose powder. In general, I have always found sheer powder blush to be more forgiving. It’s easier to blend and because the pigment is a little more subtle on application, it tends to look more natural. Powder blush is good for oily skin because it absorbs it, but unfortunately as it absorbs, it could change color on your skin. Also, powder blush tends to have a shorter wear time than cream blushes do.
Cheek Stains: These usually work for most skin types, as well as both with and without foundation. They also look pretty natural. Unfortunately, cheek stains can be even harder than cream blushes to apply. You also have to blend it in quickly because, as the name suggests, it doesn’t come off very easily once it has set—you’ll need more than a swipe with Kleenex to fix mistakes. If you get it right though, cheek stains will last right through the day and into the night.