Can You Put Cream Blush Over Powder Foundation?

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One of the biggest downfalls in makeup is the mixing of formulas. While cream or liquid products sit well beneath powder, can the same be said for the other way around?

When it comes to your base, mixing creams and powders can be tricky. Can you put cream blush over powder foundation, or should it go under? Usually it’s best to avoid mixing creams and powders.

Below, we’ll explore the best ways to use cream blush to create an effortless and radiant glow.


Can You Put Cream Blush Over Powder Foundation?

So, can you put cream blush over powder foundation?

Unfortunately, the answer is that it’s generally not a good idea to put cream blush over powder foundation.

The rule of thumb with makeup products is to stick with creams or powders and avoid mixing the two. Unless we’re talking about a setting or finishing powder, the two formulas do rarely mix.

If you were to use cream blush over powder foundation, you would most likely rub your foundation off your cheeks.

Putting cream on top of a powder will cause the products to clump. This becomes patchy, highlighting texture.

The rule of thumb with makeup products is to stick with creams or powders and avoid mixing the two.

The good news is that there is a way for you to mix the two, if you really want to try it.

How To Apply Cream Blush With A Powder Foundation

Cream and liquid products make for a good base and can be set with a finishing powder.

Once that powder has settled, you may apply other powdered products. This includes blush, highlight, or bronzer.

But what if your base is powder? How will you then mix it with a cream blush?

Since you can’t put cream blush over powder foundation, the best way to use the two is to use the cream blush underneath your powder foundation.

After priming your skin, apply your cream blush to your cheeks. Use a heavier hand than you normally would so that it can be seen beneath your foundation.

Apply your powder foundation as usual. The powder foundation will help set the blush so that it stays all day.

If the blush isn’t quite dark enough for your liking, top with a powder blush to bolden the look.

Why Use Cream Blush?

Which kind of blush you use comes down to preference. Some people prefer the subtlety they achieve with powder blush. While others seek cream blush for its long wear-time.

If you’re on the fence about which formula is right for you, it may come down to your skin type.

Cream blush is perfect for those with normal to dry skin.

It creates a dewy appearance, which helps enhance radiance and reduce dullness.

Because it’s a cream-based formula, it won’t stick to dry skin flakes or highlight any texture on your skin.

It also has greater staying power, meaning that it’ll last longer on the skin and won’t fade like powder blush tends to do.

If you have oilier skin or are looking for a more subtle look, powder blush may be the better choice for you.

Cream blushes are a heavier formula that contains oils. This can cause the clogging of pores and breakouts. If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, keep an eye on how your skin reacts to your new cream-based product.

How To Best Apply Cream Blush

Cream blush is easy to apply, and there are several ways to guarantee a flawless application.

It is a product known for its ability to blend well and last long. But poor application can cause you to look too red or blotchy.

Remember, when applying, less is always more.

Use Your Fingers As An Applicator

Because your fingers are warm, they’ll help melt the product into your cheeks. This makes for an easier application and less tugging or rubbing of the skin.

You can also be precise with them and apply the cream blush exactly where you want it.

To apply, take a bit of product on your finger and press it to your cheeks in a tapping motion.

Blend from the apples of your cheeks outward toward your hairline.

If you have an oval-shaped face, apply your blush to your upper cheekbones for a more carved look.

Use A Beauty Sponge

If you aren’t interested in using your fingers to apply your cream blush, a clean beauty sponge is your next best bet.

Apply with an applicator or your finger. Then dampen your beauty sponge and blend the cream blush until the edges soften.

By using the sponge, you will soften the blush so that it will not be so harsh or bold.

It’s the perfect applicator to blend in harsh lines or edges. Even if you’ve used a stippling brush or your fingers to apply the blush, following up with a beauty sponge will help correct any mistakes or help blend the edges.

Fix Your Mistakes And Set Your Blush

If you find that your cream blush is too heavy or the edges won’t blend, you can fix your mistakes with a foundation or finishing powder.

Take a little bit of either and apply over the areas you are trying to correct. You can also sharpen your blush with your foundation or setting powder.

Setting your cream blush is also important.

Like any cream or liquid-based product, cream blush will budge if not set. This is especially if you’re oily or are looking for long wear-time.

To soften your blush, use a finishing powder to set and cover it. If you’re looking for a bolder look, set your cream blush with a powder blush.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).