If we were to hold a popularity contest for the contents of our makeup bag, certain products, like mascara and concealer, would land at the top of the hierarchy—the popular kids, if you will. Cream blush, on the other hand, would fall somewhere between lip stain and individual falsies—nice in theory (we do envy that lit-from-within flush, after all), but usually avoided for fear of resembling Bozo the clown.
But it may be time to re-evaluate. Cream blush, when applied correctly, can give you a glowy, slightly dewy flush that traditional powder blush can’t. Plus, the texture makes it ideal for people with dry or mature skin (read: no more cake-y finish!). We recruited our resident makeup expert, Lauren Andersen (responsible for the gorgeously-flushed cheeks of celebs like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen), to show us the ropes.
Keep flipping to find out how to apply cream blush like a pro, then shop our favorite cream blush picks at the end!