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Cream Blush by MAC


Blush is an important final step in your makeup application. Blush brings a glow to the face, as if a candle was lit from within. Many blushes come in powder form, but they also come in cream form, which is the form I’ll discuss today. One of my favorite blushes is the MAC cream blush.  The blush is very lightweight and gives off a nice dewy look – a look that is especially suitable to those with dry skin, since dry skin gives off a very dull, matte look. 

 

MAC’s cream blushes are pigmented, so a little definitely goes a long way. My favorite way to apply this blush is with a brush, and the MAC 188 duo brush is my tool of choice. The brush bristles are not dense and therefore pick up an even amount of product. In a soft circular motion, I blend the blush right into the skin, after the foundation is applied. Make sure that there is no powder on the foundation prior to applying the cream blush, so the finished look is not murky. If you don’t want to use a brush, or don’t have one, you can even use your fingers and lightly tap the blush onto your cheeks, blending it in. After the cream blush is blended in, make sure to powder your face with a translucent face powder, to keep the blush from smearing. MAC has a nice selection of colors to choose from: pinks, corals and browns.

 

Since the blush is cream based, it’s not recommended for oily skin. The oils from your skin will mix together with the cream, causing an “unclean” finish.

 

I like it how this product photographs nicely, and it’s my choice of blush on most brides. I found that it lasts a lot longer on the face, and definitely worth the investment. This product costs $18.50 and can be bought directly from MAC, or from Macy’s.

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

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