Two beauty loves of mine: getting stuck in and pushing products into place with my fingertips and creamy ‘no makeup, makeup’ textures. So it’s no surprise that the current triad of cheek products that have been gracing my apples are of the non-powder variety. They can be striped or dotted on and blended out in a matter of minutes to a finish that aids my complexions fauxed-up ‘Oh, I just washed my face this morning, that’s it, promise‘ glow.

First in the fingertip firing line – contour. I like to begin at the bottom and work my way up  and for that I eke out my barely there cheekbones with the & Other Stories Contour Cream. It looks terrifying swatched, but laid on the face and worked out performs that whole ‘natural shadow’ function. Kevyn Aucoin’s Creamy Glow in Tansoilel gets patted on and diffused out for the blush step. And all this gets finished off with a light sweep of the highlighter from Hourglass’ Illume Bronze Light Cream to Powder palette; a long-lost love that I’m getting reacquainted with. I’ve declined to add a post-cheek trio photo as the effect just couldn’t be captured with the lens, but you know the drill: sheeny, subtle, simple. And to see the technique of how I load all three up you can get an idea from ‘Brush-Free Beauty Routine’ video. And in moments of time-strapped application just stripe on military style and blend, blend, blend.

  • Anna Blush

    I’ve recently developed a major love for cream products. They are so easy to apply and the first thing I reach for in a rush. These all look and sound lovely x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Laura

    The Kevyn Aucoin creamy blushes are just beautiful xx

  • http://runbarbierun.com/ Romila Marie

    I really, really want that & Other Stories contour cream! I wish they’d widen the countries that they ship, too! :(

    xo runbarbierun.com

  • http://heelsforever.wordpress.com/ Heels Forever

    I always shy away from creamy products because I always think they’re difficult to apply but love this way off applying you’ve recommended xxx

    Heels Forever

  • Anya Cross

    I’ve been lusting over the Kevin Aucoin cream blush for ages! Such a lovely colour.

    http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

  • Shevasherapy

    The contour cream looks scary in the pan but I’ve seen you work your magic with this product in one of your videos. I love reading about products that don’t need a brush to apply it!
    http://berry-mix.livejournal.com

  • clawsandfangs

    If only cream products weren’t allergic to the climate in the caribbean *dreamy sigh*
    http://clawsandfangsbeauty.tumblr.com

  • http://Gracious-silhouettes.blogspot.co.uk/ Jade Waterfield

    Ah that ‘Creamy Glow’ look heavenly! Love that shade!

    -Jade
    gracious-silhouettes.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sandra / Lndnbeauty

    I have used makeup properly for about 3-4 years but never tried a cream blush, feel like it’s time now. Specially since I hear and read from you and gh0stparties about them all the time and your skin always look so nice and healthy!

    x

    http://lndnbeauty.blogspot.se/

  • Maddy Cane

    I need to try the contour cream, it looks very scary though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • Emily Knott

    i really want to try some hourglass products!

    BritishBeautyAddict

  • roshkud

    Have to pick up that contour now! I love cream products

    roshjourney.blogspot.co.uk

  • Megan Young

    I don’t own anything from hourglass, I think I should!!

    meganmaisies | UK Style & Beauty

  • Holly

    I used to be so intimidated by cream products, but after I saw you raving about them on youtube a while ago a purchased my first. It’s safe to say I use them all the time now!

    The blush looks lovely!

    Holly
    http://www.alongcamehollyblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! I love using cream products, the blush looks gorgeous :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.hauteinhabit.com/ Haute Inhabit

    Weird thing I do; contour cream lightly under my eyes to make them bulge.

  • http://brightondream.blogspot.com/ Justine J

    The blush looks amazing! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • Katie Allen

    That blush color looks fabulous. I am scared and intrigued by the contour at the same time. Would this work on extremely pale skin?

    katespitz.blogspot.com

  • hannah

    really intrigued by that contour now! xx

    http://thehannahway.blogspot.com

  • Pippa Jones

    Love the other stories contour cream, its just something that scares me and excites me at the same time!

    Pipp x
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

  • Celina

    The Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow looks so beautiful. I’ve never tried cream face products before because I have more combination/oily skin so I’m always afraid that the cream products will slide off.

    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Katie xo

    The Kevyn aucoin creamy glows look lovely :)

    Katie xo
    sugarfixxbeauty.com

  • lanalovesxx

    They all look very good.. I’d love to try them all.

    lanalovesblogxx

  • Gavina

    I’ve become obsessed with cream products and do the same thing but using different cream products. I love this look with just mascara, so fresh for summer.

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  • Amber Hunter

    I’m newer to cream blushes and face products but these seem so interesting and I’d love to try them! Thanks for this post!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

  • Sophie

    You’re right, the contour cream looks so scary swatched! I need to get working on making cream products look good, I always reach for a powder…

    Sophie

    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

  • Miss Bad

    I didn’t bought the countour cream because it was expensive and there were hardly any reviews or tutorials about it… now I still fell like I miss something, damn!

    http://www.thediariesofmissbad.pt/

  • Allie H

    The Contour cream looks sooo scary but I love cream products x x

    http://yougottabegorgeousx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Jessica

    Thanks for the post, and for the video tutorial! It’s been 100+ degrees in Texas this week, and this process gives a great melt-proof look that’s buildable for night, especially with a setting spray like one from Urban Decay or E.L.F.

    http://heytherefriday.blogspot.com

  • Esme

    I’m quite fair (like mac nc20) do you think the contour cream would work or no? :)it looks amazing, i love cream blush x