Cream Makeup FTW!

My beauty aesthetic is strongly anchored on enhancing what’s natural to the woman. This is the reason why I love cream products: they blend the easiest, which makes for the most seamless and skin-like makeup. And here’s a bonus: Cream products are the best to travel with. How many times have you traveled with spilled liquid makeup or cracked powder? Not to mention, cream products can be applied using our fingers, which is perfect for on-the-go application.

If you live in a place that’s cold and chilly or hot and dry, then your skin will crave for more hydrating formulas. Most powders will draw attention to your skin’s dry patches. Cream products will always lend a dew to the skin which closely mimics the look of healthy skin. While powders will never really be extinct in my makeup kit, I swear by the following cream makeup favorites to give my face the most flawless natural look, soft definition and beautiful radiant finish.

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas

Anything that promises skin that’s soft and smooth like silk gets my attention. If the product actually delivers, then it’s going to be a lifelong commitment <- this is my current relationship with this primer.

the silk canvas

When you apply this primer, it feels like a balm; it moisturizes without feeling sticky. It does have a slight tacky finish, which I believe is key to any good primer. You need that tackiness so that makeup has something to stick to, making your makeup long-lasting. The main selling factor for me is its ability to transform your skin to look divinely pore-less. One thin layer and my face looks and feels smooth. I’ll be honest though, I do not have big pores to fill in. But, I do need some help in between my brows and on the sides of my nose. Those areas are also my oily spots and pores seem to be accentuated when I do not do some sort of pore-filling step.

I love this primer because it does not have silicones. Most silicone-based primers roll off like balls when applied on skin (I hate that). Since this is a balm, it just feels like applying moisturizer that smoothens out pores. I also find that this helps control my oil on my t-zone. I find that instead of excess shine, it’s oil-control properties are able to give my skin that soft-focus finish.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

skin foundation stick

This cream foundation comes in 24 shades from Alabaster to Espresso and used as makeup base to even out the skin tone. There’s no gimmickry behind this: it does look like real skin when blended sufficiently (my preferred tool is a buffing brush), giving medium-to-full buildable coverage. Cased in a nifty bullet, a few stripes on your face and you are ready to blend. If you need a little more slip when blending this, make sure you prep your skin with hydrating products – a serum, moisturizer or primer – before applying this foundation.

If you’re combination-to-oily skinned like me, you do not need additional hydrating products. I have 3 shades of this product – an exact skin tone match, a shade lighter and a shade darker. I use the lighter shade on the middle of my face (t-zone) and the darker shade on the perimeter of my face and under my cheekbones. Then in between these 2, I blend them seamlessly together using my exact skin tone match. Your face is naturally 3-dimensional and never looks flat. Using this foundation technique ensures that you re-enforce the natural definition of your face.

Contour/Highlight: Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette (Poured)

If you scroll thru Instagram, you’ll notice a lot of Insta-glam happening: over-the-top contouring and highlighting. Insta-glam contour and highlight only look good with photo filters, trust me. I find a lot of people go overboard and complicate what it is: contouring and highlighting is nothing more than a play of shadow and light to define your features and add depth to your look.

lowlight/highlight palette

Contouring and highlighting, when done right, should not be obvious lines (stripes) of light and darkness. This is why you need this palette in your life: it is a perfectly paired cream duo of an ashy brown contour shade and a champagne highlight shade, that’s so smooth and creamy that it blends like a dream on your skin. It doesn’t matter whether you blend it using your fingers, a sponge or a buffing brush – the result is the same: seamless contour and highlight that never looks like zebra stripes painted on your face.

The contour shade is an ashy brown; the perfect cool-toned brown mimicking shadow. The highlight shade is a sexy champagne shade that looks angelic and flattering in any lighting.

Highlight: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

This is a sheer, glowing luminizer with a translucent pearly finish that lends a sensuous glow to the skin mimicking the freshness of youth. There’s nothing in the market right now that has perfected the mix of oil and mica pigments to produce a wet balm that is not sticky, greasy or glittery.

This is the Midas touch if you are aiming for skin that reflects light – anywhere you put it, that feature pops.

Living luminizer

Living Luminizer should go where light naturally hits your face – your high points – brow bone, nose bridge, Cupid’s bow, cheekbones and chin. For that angelic smolder, make sure you apply on the inner corner of your eyes. This is best applied using your fingers. If you want that wet look, pat the product where you want it. If you want a more subdued dewy look, apply on the area and with a clean finger, pat the area more until the product is less wet-looking. Even when I feel lazy, I will never skip on this. This luminizer instantly wakes up my face and adds life to a rather dull complexion.

There You Go, now onto Part 2!

So there you have it, some of what I consider the best cream makeup – primer, foundation, contour and highlight. These will never leave my stash! They are my go-to’s that I will always reach out for and have never let me down.

If you’ve never tried the products above, or never tried cream makeup in general, give them a try! They give you the most natural looking skin compared to powders.

Do you have other cream products that is a must-try!? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!

Head on over to Part 2 of the best cream makeup series. Yes – more of my favorite cream products are coming right up!

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  1. I enjoyed reading your article on Best Cream Makeup! Primer, Foundation, Contour Highlight. There’s a lot of helpful and interesting information.
    I agree that the cream makeup is easy to travel with. I use liquid makeup and sometime the cream. The cream is convenient because you don’t have to shake it or worry about spilling. The cream is ready to apply.
    I like trying something new. I think I will get the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and try it. This looks easy to apply. Thank you for sharing!
    Best Wishes,

  2. What a lovely article. i rarely wear makeup, so it’s nice to know about these options for the next time i need to get a little dolled up for a special occasion. you really are passionate about what you do. This is some great research. thank you for all your hard work. i’ll be back for more information!

    1. Hello Cathy. My relationship with makeup has been my longest commitment of life. It started with teenage vanity / insecurity and has evolved into a mature realization of its power to transform your confidence and ultimately, empower you as a woman. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing my passion. I would be so happy to see you learn more. <3 xx, Bev

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