Tipsy Thursday: How To Apply Bright Cream Blush

This is just a very short post, to show you how I normally apply not just any cream blush, but a BRIGHT and BOLD cream blush. Many people love using their fingers, but for me, I find that I prefer using a combination of fingers AND brush. The cream blush I am showing you today is one of the brightest I own, which is MAC Florida. This shade can be intimidating, because if you use a heavy hand, you’d end up having 2 very red cheeks that are meant to stay on a baboon’s behind. However, when done right, you will have the loveliest flush ever.


cream blush stippling brush

The brush I am showing you today is the Real Techniques stippling blush. It is soft, and it is smaller and less dense than say, a MAC187. It fits my cheeks (the ones on my face) perfectly, and the brush diffuses the blush with just the right intensity. A brush that is more dense deposits more products but we don’t want that, do we? It is also a synthetic brush which is perfect for cream products.

What I do is very simple. I dot some Florida on my cheeks and use this stippling brush to blend it out. Instead of blending it in circular motions, I just swipe it back and forth where I want the blush to be. And that is the area within the apple of my cheeks and somewhere before the top of my ears. Definitely NOT into the hairline. I find that if I blend it out in circular motions, the product will transfer too low into the hollow of my cheeks and that is not flattering.


3 steps


I hope this somehow helped, even just a little bit. Do you use the same technique? I find that when I use my fingers to blend it out, it gets a little messy and patchy. This is very much due to the intense pigmentation of the blush, because when I use a lighter cream blush, I have no problems with blending it out with my fingers. I always use this technique when I apply brighter cream blushes. The application is neater, it blends seamlessly, and I don’t look like a clown.

How do you wear yours?


xoxo Lily




  • Liz

    I should learn to work with a brush more, but most brushes are too big for my face. So I end up using fingers.

    But if I mess up and apply too much or messily, I go back with the foundation brush and buff at the edges.

    • This RT stippling brush isn’t too big at all. Have you tried it? When I apply too much, I usually use my face powder over it 😛

      • Liz

        I have the same one, actually! Maybe my buffing motions are too wide, but I find myself wishing that the brush itself was just a bit smaller. 🙂

        • That’s why I don’t swirl the brush. When I do that, the blush goes everywhere. I just use a windshield swiping motion where I want the blush to be 😛

  • i wish i thought to try this brush with cream blush before I gave it away! lol. Oh well. this looks great on you anyway! 🙂

    • Thanks Joyce! That brush can be pretty handy, actually. I also like to use it apply a sheer layer of foundation 🙂

  • I usually use the Real Technique Expert brush but that’s for the medium shades. Since I don’t own any super bright cream blushes I actually never have thought of trying it with the stippeling brush. Great tip Lily! ^^

    • Glad I helped! I love the expert face brush for applying foundations. I find it a little too dense for cream blush though 🙂 Oh, another good brush also from RT will be the face contour brush. It’s small, quite soft and blends really well too!

  • I love the RT stippling brush for exactly this!

    • Great minds, Larie. Great minds 🙂

  • I love the stippling brush! I use it for creme blush as well, it also dosnt eat up a lot of product. Love this blush on you 🙂

    • I know what you mean – I love synthetic brushes just because it pushes the product around instead of absorbing everything. LOL! Have you tried this blush yourself? Or a bright fuchsia?

  • I usually use my fingers, but I might have to give your brush technique a try. And now I have a reason to finally purchase this stippling brush that everyone has been raving about! 🙂

    • Yay! Yes, please try it, and I hope it works for you too, Lisa 🙂

  • Mary

    Realy help full and interesting post sweetie….i have already own a very bright cream blush for Face Stockholm…. Now i can try it out in your way…

    • Glad to help, Mary. I hope it’ll work for you too!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Pretty! I love cream blush and I apply it the same way as you do.

    • Yay! I love cream blushes. I just think it looks so much more natural, like it glows from within the skin…

  • I’m using ELF stipple brush and its not too bad cause the brush picks less product and makes me feel confident to blend it using that brush. Plus the brush isnt that big or not too dense, pretty enough to use it on cheeks with bonus, cheap. hehe. That’s my piece of thought.

    • Hi wiida, thanks for dropping by. I haven’t tried anything from ELF before but I certainly heard that it’s super cheap 🙂