Now that summer is practically here, I decided to amp up my makeup bag by treating myself to a new cream blush. I'm not really a fan of powdered blush (although I do use it when I go out) so I tend to stick to cream blushes on regular because I like the "dewy" look. I'm also not too thrilled that most powder blushes these days contain some shimmer which I don't like wearing at work. That's more like going-out blush.
I have been toying with the idea of getting a peach-colored blush but never had the guts to actually go out and get one mainly because I'm not quite sure about my skin tone. There are some days when my skin looks olive; on days when I'm tired, it looks yellow and on random days when my skin just won't cooperate, I'm a mixture of all so you can kind of see my dilemma when it comes to narrowing down my skin tone.
I have some gift certificates from a swanky department store so I decided that since I'm not dishing out the cash, I might as well buy one. After perusing the various counters, I went back to my personal favorite, Bobbi Brown. I love her stuff. At first, the color of this blush scared me a little because it was so bright. I do not like to draw attention to my skin and I prefer the "natural as possible" look when it comes to makeup so I was skeptical about trying this on let alone spending my precious gift certificates on a product that I might not use. Oh, one thing I don't like doing: applying makeup when someone is watching me, namely the ladies behind the counter. I feel that they're scrutinizing the way I apply my makeup or they're analyzing my now-aging skin. I know this is all in my head but I even shut the door when I'm at home and DH is around - just one of my quirks I guess.
I think this is somewhere around $30. Although it's not as sheer like I normally prefer, I control the amount of blush I apply by using a foundation blush. Sephora has a really good foundation brush in their Pro collection and the bristles - although they're synthetic - are soft and of good quality. I lightly tap the brush into the pot and then blend the color onto the apples of my cheeks. Rather than 'painting' the blush onto my skin, I use the brush to stipple it on instead. Is this the right way to apply cream blush? who knows but doing it this way allows more control so that I don't look like a clown at the end of it all.