beauty buys

A perfect rosy cheek is something that is always on trend and translates to every season (who doesn’t love that?!) Although there are tons of products out there, they all fall in to one of two basic categories: cream or powder. The trick is deciding between the look you want to achieve. Blush can help to create a matte or dewy finish, which you can read more about here.

 Powder Blush

Using a powder will give a more refined, matte look. Definitely a good choice if you prefer the classic and airbrushed style. Powders are good for girls with oily skin because they help minimize shine and control oil. If you have dry skin, use caution because the powder may accentuate dry skin and cause it to flake.
When applying a powder blush just for come color, use a large fluffy brush, tap off excess powder, and apply blush lightly in a circular motion from the apples of your cheeks upwards to your hairline. If you prefer a more contoured look, invest in a contour brush, these make life A LOT easier. To get the perfect contour, use the brush to apply color from the temples down to the mouth in the area between your top and bottom jaw. Applying color here will create depth and make your cheekbones pop.

Our faves for powder blush are

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L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Blush, $10.99
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and Maybelline’s Fit Me! Pressed Powder Blush, $5.79

Cream Blush

A cream will give you a more radiant, dewy glow. Its a lifesaver in the summer because it holds up beautifully in the heat and always looks fresh, never cakey. It’s definitely better to be used on those of us with dry skin though, as it can add extra moisture (which sometimes causes breakouts in those with oily skin). One thing you must be mindful of when using cream blush is to not add it on top of layers of makeup. This often causes build up and the color with clump up instead of smoothing on evenly. So if you’re going for cream, it’s best to apply on top of bare cheeks. The best part about applying cream blush is how easy it is! All you need to do is apply the color with two fingers on the apples of your cheeks and on top of your cheekbones. This will give you a highlighted effect and really make your face glow.

Our top picks for cream blush are

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Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush, $9.79


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and Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush, $12.99

Still undecided on what look you’re eying for?  Use your skin type as the deciding factor. If you break out easily, opt for powder and if you’re skin is dry go for cream. This way you’re skin will be happy and you’ll avoid any mishaps or breakouts.

If you’re still not sure, try out both looks and let us know which one was your favorite!

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