The One Trick to Wearing Cream Blush So It Isn't Splotchy

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At its best, cream blush is a breeze to apply, it blends like a dream, and it leaves you with the most natural-looking flush. At its worst, you end up with patchy clown cheeks. If you often find yourself in the latter situation, we’re here to help with a simple trick.

When applying cream or liquid blush, add a drop of liquid highlighter to the mix before blending it into your skin. (Even better if said highlighter has hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid in it. Don’t worry, we’ll include our favorite recs below.) Tap, tap, tap the concoction in and marvel at the subtle, non-splotchy finish. The highlighter adds a bit of slip to the blush and cuts the color just enough that it applies more evenly on your skin. Plus, you get the extra glow from the highlighter itself.

And while we’re on the topic, many cream blushes tend to be very pigmented, so you always want to start off by using less of it than you think. Try applying a small drop or a single dab first, blend and then reassess if you need more. Remember: It’s always easier to add more color than to remove it and risk messing up your foundation.

Now that you’ve learned your way around cream blush, maybe you want to try the latest TikTok blush trend?

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...