Quick Tips from Today’s Post:
- Apply cream blush with a flat foundation brush to better sculpt your cheeks
- Use the same brush that you applied your foundation with to keep your cheek color flawlessly blended
- Apply a soft, muted cream blush along your cheekbones as a base for a brighter “pop” of powder color on the apples of your cheeks.
Read on for more details, plus a review and swatches of YSL’s Kiss and Blush!
We got ghastly amounts of rain in Los Angeles today, and I am very happy to be inside with my computer while all of the spiders that live outdoors are presumably drowned. I realize that is a strange thing to think about when it’s raining, but I have had an intense fear of spiders lately.
Anyway, another thing that I’m thinking about is this versatile product, Baby Doll Kiss and Blush, from Yves Saint Laurent!
I have mentioned before that I used to work at a counter for YSL, the luxury brand most famous for their Touche Éclat highlighting pen (which I used in a look outlined in this post). But they also have a great deal of other products with exquisite formulations that fewer people know about or have tried.
The Baby Dolly Kiss and Blush is one such underrated product. While other brands have liquid lip and cheek stains, like Benefit’s Benetint, YSL has created an “air-whipped mouse” that can be used as a soft matte lip color and as a stunningly natural-looking blush.
The Kiss and Blush is available in 13 shades, and below I have swatched four of them; 08 Pink Hedonitste, 05 Rouge Effrontee, 01 Fuschia Desinvolte, and 11 Prune Impertinente.
As you can see, I applied each shade twice: straight from the product’s pearl-tipped applicator and then again blended with my finger. This will give you an idea of the Kiss and Blush’s pigmentation when used as both a lip and cheek color.
I have encountered many people who are a bit afraid of blushes that aren’t powdered, and that makes me sad. While creamy cheek colors may be less popular than powders, they are in many ways more forgiving and a lot easier to work with. The Kiss and Blush is no exception.
This product blends onto the skin effortlessly, eliminating the possibility of patchy or caked-on blush. Not to mention it is transfer resistant and long-lasting on both lips and cheeks.
I once had the pleasure of working with one of Yves Saint Laurent’s national makeup artists, Pamela Morgan. She taught me a great tip for applying this product, although I find that it works for all cream blushes.
Instead of smoothing it onto the skin with the fingers, she taught me to use a flat foundation brush. This allows for more control, letting you sculpt the cheeks (without contouring!) and build the intensity of the color from a soft wash to a bold statement.
A further tip: if you already use a flat foundation brush to apply your base or concealer, you can leave that residual makeup on the bristles when you pick up your cream blush. I like when the two products mingle together (pictured below), it helps keep everything extremely well-blended. Not a VPL (visible product line) in sight!
Another technique that I sometimes use with cream blushes comes from the teachings of Bobbi Brown. She likes to blend a cream blush in a natural shade (meaning a softer, muted color) along the cheekbone towards the temple, and then applies a “pop” of powder blush in a color several shades brighter onto the apples of the cheeks.
Not only does this bring instant life to the face, but it also helps cheek colors last longer because the cream blush works as a primer that the powder adheres to, boosting its intensity.