The Ultimate Guide To Blushes!

If my makeup is incomplete without a product, that has to be a blush. Whether it’s a ‘makeup-no makeup’ look or full glam, blushes are mandatory in the routine. And not just me, everyone loves a little rosy tinge on the cheeks. Not only does it makes give that healthy glow on the face but also gives slight colour to avoid looking like a cold-blooded vampire. A good blush will give your face dimension, colour and a healthy glow.

But as much as blushes are important, their right type of product and a correct placement on the face is equally important. It is often said that there is no limit for using blush but sometimes a little hard hand can make you look like a clown, quite literally. Blushes are one of the most difficult products to work with and if you are a beginner, you have to be extra cautious. You just don’t need the right shade, but also the right formula which works exactly for you and your skin type. 

Currently, there are three types of blush formulas available in the market. Powders, liquids and creams. They all work magically but each type has its own pro and cons which should be kept in mind while choosing the right kind of blush. 

What Are They Made Up Of?


Blushes have two major ingredients in their formula, a carrier and a colourant. A carrier is usually talc in the case of powder blushes whereas its silicon in the case of liquid and cream formulas. When it comes to a colourant, it has two important roles to play in a blush. One to provide colour to the face and second to conceal the natural colour and in order to do so, makeup ingredients like mica or titanium dioxide are used in the making of blushes. These help the product to stay true to its colour on the skin just as displayed on catalogues or websites.

There are three types of blushes available in the market for us to choose from. Here in this article, we will discuss all the types of blushes so that you can make a better choice when buying blushes.

1. Powder Blushes

Powder blushes are one the most loved kind of blushes available in the market. They usually come in a pressed compact form and is suitable for people who like the ‘airbrush’ effect.

Pros Of Using Powders

1. They are suitable for people with normal skin to oily skin.

2. Powder blushes give a matte, velvety finish to the skin. 

3. Powder blushes also absorb the natural skin oils to prevent the creasing of the makeup.

4. Blending is super easy when it comes to powder blushes.

Cons Of Using Powder

1. Too-matt powder formula can make skin look flat and dull.

2. They can make skin feel dry or dehydrated.

3. It is not suitable for people with dry skin.

Best Powder Blushes

In Drugstore- A powder blush that works like a miracle without hurting your wallet is none other than Milani Cosmetics- Baked Blush

In High-end- If you are looking to make a good investment in blushes, then hands down Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush is the best powder blush in our opinion and you can opt for it.

2. Liquid Blushes

Liquid blushes are yet another very common type of blushes. Highly popular amongst the people who love the natural, skin-like, long-lasting finish.

Pros Of Using Liquid

1. It’s great for normal and dry skin types and yields a more natural finish.

2. They are very pigmented.

3. They are suitable for people with normal to dry skin.

Cons Of Using Liquid

1. They dry down in seconds which makes blending a little tricky, especially for beginners.

2. Not suitable for people with oily skin as the product may tend to crease easily.

Best Liquid Blushes

Drugstore- In the drugstore category, Physicians Formula Impress us with its Organic Wear Dewy Blush Elixir liquid blush.

High-end- In the high-end, without a second thought, our favourite liquid bush is undoubtedly by the Nars in the shade Orgasm.

3. Cream Blushes

They are slowly and gradually becoming more and more famous amongst the people who love the subtle hint of colour on the cheeks. They have a buildable formula, so it’s easy to go from ‘I woke up like this’ to ‘full glam’ in seconds. You don’t even need a brush for these, a gentle application with clean and sanitized fingers gives a quick and wonderful application.

Pros Of Using Cream

1. They melt into the skin which makes the blending game very easy.

2. They gives a hydrated and dewy finish to the look.

3. Cream Blushes are suitable for drier or more mature skins.

Cons Of Using Cream

1. They crease very easily.

2. They can be applied only on top of other creams products.

Best Cream Blushes

Drugstore- If we are talking about drugstores, Maybelline wins it in blushes with its Cheek Heat Gel Cream Blushes.

High-end- The best cream blush for us has to be Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment

How To Find Your Blush Depending On The Skin Type

  • If you have normal skin, you can opt for any type of formula that you feel comfortable working with the most. Because you are blessed with skin which no special requirements, it is up to you to choose which formula works the best for you.
  • If you have dry skin, avoid powder blushes at all costs. Instead go for liquid blushes or cream blushes because they have more hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera which makes the formula a better choice for people with dry skin.
  • If you have oily skin, we suggest you to choice powder blushes because powders, in general, have oil-absorbing tendencies because of the presence of talc.
  • If you have combination skin, the cream formula works the best. They are neither too liquidy nor powdery hence the right balance for your skin.

Our Final Thoughts

Blushes in any form are meant to serve the same purpose. In order to choose the right one, skin type play a very crucial factor. Along with that, longevity and product bendability also plays a key role. If you decide which blush type you want to pick, then keep in mind your skin and how strong your blending game is. But as per our opinion, it’s best to have one of each kind in your makeup collection. You can pick the right one for you as per the climate and the occasion easily.

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