powder or cream-blushIn my opinion, blush is a “must have” color cosmetic as we enter into our mature years. Due to the aging process, our skin loses its vibrancy creating a more washed out, sullen-looking complexion. In order to create the illusion of healthier, younger skin it is best to consider using a cream blush over powder formulations which can settle into fine lines and make dry skin look drier. In addition, powder blush formulas are more difficult to blend on mature, dry skin and leave obvious streaks of unblended color that can look almost clown-like. In order for makeup to look natural and enhance our appearance, color should always be blended, so that it gently fades showing no obvious line of color transition.

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Cream blush looks more natural

Creamy cheek formulas not only look more natural but can be much easier to manipulate over the skin than powder blush. By choosing the right shade of blush for your skin tone in a moist formulation you can create a healthy, lit from within glow that replicates the natural flush reminiscent of our more youthful years.

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I am a huge fan of cream blush and have been wearing it every day for at least the last five years. A few of my favorites are Stila’s Convertible Lip and Cheek Color (Winner of Instyle’s Best Cream Blush for 10 years: 2005 – 2014), Trish McEvoy’s Liquid Face Color and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Cream Blush.

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My daily “go to” cream cheek color is Youngblood’s Luminous Cream Blush in Plum Satin which is a beautiful, mauvy rose shade. Although I have a whole drawer full of cream cheek colors, Plum Satin has been my favorite for more than a year. It is a nice blush shade for any time of the year however, I like it best in the cooler months, when my skin tends to have a more neutral undertone that in the warmer months of summer. Youngblood’s Luminous Crème Blush formula is very long-wearing so be sure to blend upon application so that the color gently fades at the hairline. This shade is very pigmented so a little bit of product goes a long way and lasts all day.

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A few days ago I picked up a second shade in Youngblood’s Luminous Crème Blush collection, Tropical Glow. Tropical Glow is a beautiful, peachy pink shade with golden undertones. I have swatched this shade at least a dozen times before and opted not to purchase because it looked a bit frosty on the back of my hand. I don’t know what made me decide to buy it this time but man, I am glad that I did!

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Tropical glow luminous creme blush

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Tropical glow on left, plum satin on right

The color is absolutely gorgeous on the skin with a single layer providing a sheer glow of color and a hint of luminosity similar to a cream highlighter. At first glance it looks similar to the popular blush shade, Orgasm from Nars. I actually prefer Tropical Glow over Orgasm because it leans more to the peach side of the color spectrum than pink and is not as glittery on the skin. The oil-free formula is buildable with two layers creating a gorgeous sun-kissed cheek that looks very natural and healthy. Tropical Glow Luminous Crème Blush works well as a stand-alone blush or layered under a powder if you prefer bolder color.

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Me wearing Youngblood Tropical Glow Luminous Creme Blush

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Kelly Walker Atlanta makeup artist

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Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a makeup artist, certified fitness nutrition specialist and blogger living in Roswell, Georgia.
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