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I find when I wear my NARS or Lise Watier blush, my pore somehow look bigger (or at least you can see my pores, whereas without the blush you can't see them). 

Can you ladies recommend a blush that doesn't give the pore magnifying effect?  Something that looks *romantic*, glow from within type of thing? 

Cream vs Tint vs Powder vs ...what?

What do you recommend for which skin type and why?

Thank you! :)
Dec 03, 2010 @ 01:20 pm

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Cream blush fan

I have recently gotten into cream blushes, and while I have never comparison-tested against powder, I feel like the creams wear just a little more naturally. It gives you that amazing dewy look that is so popular right now.

My personal faves are Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush and Mary Kay Cheek Glaze, but CoverGirl & Olay's Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush is a decent drugstore option too.
Dec 03, 2010 @ 02:14 pm


Do you use primer before you put on make-up? It can make a large difference because some of them help fill in large pores to give you that overall smooth finish.

I like to use the Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector.

Give that a try before you toss your regular blush :)
Dec 03, 2010 @ 03:31 pm

i do use a primer

Jen, I do use primer under my makeup. I alternate between Smashbox photofinish and Mac primer. I don't really have large pores, in fact w/out makeup you can't even tell i have any pores. It's just with blush ... well anyways i THINK it's pores i see, i'm not 100% sure what pores look like :(

Mamaluv i think i'm going to go to sephora and try a cream blush and see if that suits me more. what you're describing the "dewy look" is just what i'm looking for. A natural flush..
Dec 03, 2010 @ 06:59 pm

hmmm how about a highlighting powder?

Did you try a highlighter just over the blush and above the cheekbones? I use NARS blush and use Vasanti cheek putty above the cheekbones. I apply it lightly like a blush and bring it around to my temples.

I am not cool with cream blush but only because I feel like I don't have control over it and that it spreads out too much.

Sephora is a great place to try as well!!
Dec 03, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

Mineral Powder

You could try a loose matte mineral powder overtop after applying all your makeup.I always use one that is non coloured it just seems to complete everything.Good luck
Dec 03, 2010 @ 11:54 pm


I use mac blush (dollyface for a nice pink cheek) and it looks really natural.
Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

thanks ladies!

I'm going to go to Sephora and try the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide blush..

I've sort of always liked the idea of a cream blush / tint blush but have never found a really good one. I tried benefit but didn't like it THAT much.

I just want a natural, non shimmery natural soft smooth everyday blush.. hopefully this is it! I'll let you ladies know once i find out :)
Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:11 pm

asked my beauty blogger friends....

and they told me that it's probably the 'finish' of the blush you are using...if you are using a 'shimmer' or 'satin' finish, it may have the 'larger pore' effect.

matte is what you would want to use most likely...but a dewy finish would call for a satin and/or shimmer.

The other thing they mentioned is primer-but you already said that you use one.

Good luck with your search-keep me posted, I am always on the lookout for great blush!
Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:17 pm

I use

I currently use Nars Torrid, does it have a shimmery finish? It might now that I think about it!! I love it for special occasions and nights out but I'm just looking for something cute and natural .. i will definitely keep you guys posted :)
Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:20 pm

Dry skin loves cream blush, oily skin loves powder :)

I am a freelance makeup artist in the bridal industry and I find that the women I have worked with are never huge blush wear-ers (if that's even a word lol). I like to follow the rule of "oily skin likes powders and dry skin likes creams". It applies for foundations as well. The reason for this is that the creams will moisturize dry skin and powders will help absorb excess oils on the face. If you have large pores try to avoid using anything (cream or powder) with a lot of shimmer in it, that will only magnify the size of your pores.
I love to use powders personally, and find that a matte powder blush will add dimension to your cheeks. You can then follow with a light highlighting powder like E.L.F's glow loose powder because it's so fine and won't emphasize your pores.

Dec 07, 2010 @ 03:51 pm

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