Cream Blush - First Attempt
I read the other day (on the Danish blog: BeautySpace) that cream blush is an up and coming trend this Spring. I've been meaning to try making one for a while, and this little tidbit of information inspired me to give it a whirl.
I have photographed the process to share with you.
Pictured above: The little jar containing the blush is placed near a business card so you can get an idea of how small an amount this first try is - not even enough to fill a teaspoon. The color of the blush in this picture is a bit darker than the actual blush. The color in the pictures below are more accurate.
Step 1: Mix PigmentsMix pigments until the desired color is acheived. I started with a bit of my current (terracotta) mineral blush, then added pink and red pigments for a rosier color.
For mixing, I have a little hand-held battery-powered mixer that I bought from one of my suppliers. Before I had this mixer, I would sift and resift the colors together until they were evenly blended (that took forever – the battery-powered mixer is a dream to work with.)
Step 2: Mix in Pigment
The pigment mixture was then worked into a dollop of Herbal Repair Toning Eye Solution a little at a time until the desired opacity was acheived.
I tested a few times while mixing until I was happy with the coverage. I use the same base when I make cream foundation.
The Toning Eye Solution has a light texture but is at the same time deeply hydrating, so the make-up actually doubles as skin care.
Step 3: Transfer to ContainerThe final product is transferred to a sample jar. The portion I made is less than a teaspoon -- but this was on purpose. I want to see if cream blush is 'me' before I start doing larger amounts. If it is, I have enough of the pigment mixture left over to do a larger portion next batch.
How it worksSo far this little experiment has all the makings of a bonafide winner. The blush is easy to blend and tone into the skin, leaving a natural, healthy-looking glow that doesn't look painted on.
I think cream blush may just be easier for me to work with than mineral powder blush. I might actually start using blush more often!
Prediction: a larger batch in the near future, accompanied by a more appealing container. Thanks to Anette and Beautyspace for the inspiration!