Monday, September 26, 2022

Hear us out, the best cream blush might actually be lipstick

Bring some flushed color to your face with the latest generation blushes.

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Bring some flushed color to your face with the latest generation blushes.

Our appetite for healthy, lit from within beauty looks shows no signs of waning. So it follows that many of us are putting down our shimmery powder blushes and reaching for creamy formulations that give our cheeks a light breathable flush.

New generation blushes have versatile ambitions, with many buttery stick variations talking up their off-label uses and ability to be applied to nearly all face facets.

Take Westman Atelier’s Baby Cheeks blush stick, $78 at Mecca. The brand’s founder Gucci Westman recommends you, “dab Baby Cheeks on your cheeks and then sweep it across your eyelids. Pop onto your lips for extra fullness and juiciness.”

Value wise, I find it hard to look past the Mecca Max Off Duty blush stick, $20. I lightly swipe the Candy shade over my cheekbones and nose bridge most mornings. On holidays, when products have to do double duty to earn suitcase space, I could easily mix it with a lip balm to create a glossy lip or eye.

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Those that favor a direct approach may gravitate towards a product with an applicator built in such as Dolce and Gabbana’s Blush Touch Cushion stick, $55 available at Smith & Caughey’s. The cushion tip diffuses the silky formula for a very natural finish.

Makeup artist Kylee Fleek, who was a finalist on TVNZ’s 2020 series Glow Up NZ and now dispenses extremely wearable makeup tips to a sizeable following on TikTok, provided me with some delightfully unexpected advice when I asked how we should be applying cream blush in 2022.

“My biggest tip for cream blush is to use a lipstick! Not only does it save you money, but it performs even better than a cream blush. It is more pigmented so you use less product on the skin, there are many more color options, and your lips can match your cheeks!”

Judging by the beauty looks gracing the catwalk at last month’s New York Fashion Week, it’s a technique many makeup artists have up their sleeve. The technique was put to good use at a handful of shows including Altuzarra and Kim Shui.

If you’re intrigued by the approach but cautious of your rouge going rogue, Fleek also offered easy to follow advice so us mere mortals can pull off the look. “Simply apply a tiny amount of your favorite lipstick to a dense brush or damp sponge, and pat onto your cheek to blend.”

Tiny really is the operative word here. Lippy is packed with pigment so to get a natural finish you want to start small and slow, really taking the time to blend the product out. More tactile sorts might like to try using clean fingers to build up color without sacrificing precise placement.

Fleek points to Milani’s Color Fetish Balm lipstick, $21 from Farmers as the type of lipstick that works well as a multi tasker. “It’s creamy, it’s blend-able, it’s affordable, and it’s got the perfect amount of pigment.”

Clinique’s Even Better Pop Lip Color blush ($50) offers a range of rosy red hued lipsticks specifically designed to double as blush sticks. A handy tip: keep the tip only slightly rolled up to prevent breakage.

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