Get to know different blush types to blush on your terms!
I’m the only one among my friends who deliberately over-blushes. I love the cheerful look it creates on my complexion. I actually love layering blushes with different textures and finishes. And after experimenting with different blush types and formulas, here’s what I concluded. You are missing out big time if you think that powder is the only way to blush!
People are creating amazing makeup looks simply by applying blush differently. For some of us though, as much as we try those techniques and trends, it just doesn’t look as flattering. Well, it’s not because of the application method or the different placements per se, but the type of blush.
So if you desperately try to make that age-old powder blush work for your skin and end up frustrated every single time, it might be time to let that go! You’re locked in one single type of blush but guess what! What might have worked for your skin 10 years ago may, of course, not work today.
So be a bit more open-minded as I’m about to introduce you to different types of blush so you can find your new match that better suits your skin.
Different Types of Blush
1. Powder Blush
Powder blush is the mainstream type of blush. It’s a pressed powder that comes in compact. And because this is the most popular type of blush, the shade range is wider with this formula.
As an example, if a makeup brand has both a cream blush and a powder blush in their line, their powder blush collection usually comes with more shades.
Powder blush can have a shimmery finish or a matte finish. But regardless of the finish, it’s still powder. So it does have a mattifying and oil-absorbing effect on the skin.
And it’s suitable for all skin types. Whether you have dry skin, combination skin, or oily skin, powder blush works for any skin type and texture.
A tried and true powder blush formula is MAC Powder Blush. It’s no muss, no fuss, just a good old powder blush with an amazing shade range.
2. Cream Blush
Cream blush, just like the name suggests, has a creamy consistency. This makes it blend easily and seamlessly into the skin. It usually comes in a pot and the consistency can range between cream and balm.
Cream blush works better if you’re going for a natural makeup look or a no-makeup makeup look. The creamy texture makes this formula work especially great for people with dry skin, and mature skin.
It usually takes something emollient and moisturizing to give a cream blush its texture. And that emollience usually peaks through on your cheeks, creating what we call a rosy glow.
So while powder blush seems like a foolproof option, you can make blush work better for your complexion when you use a cream-based formula.
A lightweight cream blush you can try is Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush.
3. Liquid Blush
Liquid blush is the one that has the lightest texture. The packaging of it is usually similar to a concealer as it also comes with a wand for application.
The liquidity can vary depending on the product. The colors are usually sheer but liquid blushes are very buildable and allow you to layer more easily.
Liquid blushes give you a seamless application and you can layer them very easily by using your fingers. You can try Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush.
Additionally, there are also blush drops which usually come with a dropper like a face serum. A good example of this is Rodial Blush Drops.
4. Stick Blush
A stick blush is basically a cream blush in stick form. They are very similar in texture and consistency. The only difference is that stick blushes can be applied directly onto the skin with a swiping motion.
They’re more travel-friendly and practical all because of the packaging. They don’t require a separate blush brush as you can apply them directly onto your cheeks and blend using your fingers.
An amazing stick blush I love and recommend is Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush. Gorgeous shades and easy application!
5. Cheek Stain
Cheek stain, sometimes called cheek tint or lip and cheek tint, is a type of blush that’s meant to ‘stain’ the cheeks. The look you get is a very natural flush of color on the cheeks. But what sets cheek stains apart is their long-lasting formula. Cheek stains don’t budge!
They dry down faster on the skin, which makes the application a bit difficult. But once you get used to it, cheek stains are going to be your summer makeup staples for weather-resistant blushing.
Another unique benefit of tints is that they’re commonly multi-purpose formulations. It means that they go on your cheeks, your lips, and your eyelids.
A cheek stain can be liquid, cream, or balm, which might make things confusing. But know that cheek stains are marketed as cheek stains, that’s how you can know.
6. Gel Blush
Though not as common as cream or powder blush, gel blush is a type of blush that combines the easy application of a cream blush with the long-lasting formula of a liquid blush.
Gel blush usually comes in a tube and you squirt out a certain amount onto the cheeks. These blushes are like multi-purpose cheek pigments with rich color payoff.
They usually leave the skin looking more radiant and dewy like freshly moisturized. Just like liquid and cream blush, they are skin-focused and good blending goes a long way.
A popular gel blush you can try is Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel Cream Blush.
7. Loose Powder Blush
Loose powder blush is the loose version of a pressed powder blush. It has finely milled powder particles that disperse as you blend it on the cheeks.
Contrary to compact powder blush, looser powder blush has a lesser color payoff and requires multiple applications to create a high-impact finish.
But still, these blushes are incredibly buildable and they look natural because they usually have a soft focus, blurred-out finish.
Loose powder blushes are sometimes called mineral powder blushes as they’re usually rich in minerals. This makes them suitable for people with sensitive skin and breakout-prone skin.
So these are the different types of blush that make it easy for anyone to enjoy blush in the form they like. If powder blush doesn’t work for your skin texture, no worries. Switch to cream blushes! If you don’t like cream blushes, it’s alright. Try liquid blushes. As much as it’s intimidating to wear these popping blush colors on your cheeks, the fact that blush is available in various textures and formulas means that one is guaranteed to work for your unique skin.