Cupid's Pulse Article: Beauty Tips: Choosing and Using Blush Based On Your NeedsCupid's Pulse Article: Beauty Tips: Choosing and Using Blush Based On Your Needs

By Diana Iscenko

The makeup world is constantly evolving and it feels like there’s always more beauty trends to keep up with. It can feel overwhelming to figure out the best routine for you. Today, we’re going to focus on finding the perfect blush.

There are four different kinds of blush: powder, cream, gel and stain. Each kind interacts differently with certain skin types. They have different pigmentation and finishes on your cheeks. Luckily, Cupid has some beauty tricks to help you find the perfect blush for your skin type.

Whether you want to up your date night makeup look or improve your daily makeup routine, here are four different types of blush you might want to add to your makeup bag:

1. Powder Blush

This blush is easy to blend and looks great on everyone. Powder blush is the most traditional type of blush, so it comes in a bunch of colors and in every price point. The only drawback is that powder blush doesn’t last super long, so you’ll need to reapply if you want to keep your soft glow going.

Powder blush works with all skin types. It’s especially flattering on people with smooth complexions or larger pores. If you have large pores or bumpy skin, try using a matte powder blush instead of a shimmer! Too much shine will bring attention to your pores and imperfections.

Applying powder blush is easy. Use a dense blush brush to apply the powder on your cheeks. Use sweeping movements toward your hairline. If you want to go the extra mile, you can use a smaller brush in circular motions to get some extra blending after your initial application.

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2. Cream Blush

Looking for a dewy look? Cream blush is perfect for you! It’s also very pigmented, which lets the blush last all day without needing to be reapplied. Cream blush is hydrating, too. It’ll give your face a fresh and youthful look and won’t dry out your skin.

Cream blush works for most skin types, except oily skin. The oils found in the creamy formula will prevent it from being able to stick to oilier skin. It can also clog pores and cause breakouts. If you have oily skin, cream blush isn’t your best bet.

Applying cream blush is more like applying foundation. Use a small stippling brush to pick up the blush and apply it to your cheeks with light, short strokes. Then use either a damp makeup sponge or clean fingertips to blend it out. Be careful with cream blush! Its strong pigmentation means it’s easy to overapply.

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3. Gel Blush

This blush isn’t as heavy and pigmented as cream blush, but it still gives a fresh, dewy look. It’s especially great for summer because it’s lighter formula is less likely to clog your pores. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last as long and it’s harder to show up on deeper skin tones.

Gel blush works well for light to medium skin tones. The light pigmentation might be able to build up on darker skin tones, but it might not be worth the extra effort. Using a small amount of cream blush on deeper skin tones will give a similar effect without overloading the product on your skin.

The application for gel blush is similar to cream blush. Because it’s less pigmented, you can apply it straight to the apples of your cheeks and then blend the gel out with a damp makeup sponge or clean fingers.

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4. Stain Blush

Also called tint blush, stain blush gives you long-lasting color with a barely-there feel. As the name suggests, it stains your cheeks. It can be hard to work with because it dries so quickly. It can dry out your skin, so remember to moisturize before using it!

Stain blush works for all skin types. It works especially well for people who tend to sweat because it so strongly sticks to your cheeks after application. Those with drier skin should make sure your skin is hydrated, so it doesn’t dry you out more.

Be careful when applying this blush! Lightly tap the stain into your cheeks with clean fingers and blend with a damp makeup sponge. Apply a little at a time and remember to blend quickly. Once it sets into your skin, it’ll be hard to blend out.

Are you going to mix up your blush routine? Start a conversation in the comments below!