Homemade Cream Blush (Rouge)

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Blush, blusher or rouge is very simple to make. Well, the powdered version at least (see my powder blush recipe). Cream blush on the other hand, required a few failed experiments to say the least. While researching, I found many recipes, and made them all. Most followed the logic of simply mixing homemade blush powder with homemade cream, shea butter or coconut oil. Makes sense right? Cream + blush = cream blush. Nope! The result was always a lumpy, uneven mixture that left an equally inconsistent tint on your face. Fortunately, I do try every recipe that I publish, otherwise I would be sharing something very similar here today.

Let’s ditch the “obvious” idea to use cream as a base, and instead turn to glycerine, which results in a smooth, consistent application that isn’t the slightest bit oily. The texture of this blush is more of a gel or serum, rather than a “cream” in the strict sense of the term. So it may be more accurate to call this a gel blush, jelly blush or stain. Below, is a picture of the tint that you can expect if you follow my recipe using red iron oxide.


If you can’t find red iron oxide, or if you prefer the tint of another powder, then you can also use hibiscus powder, beetroot powder, blackcurrant powder or cocoa powder as substitutes. However, the staying power of botanical powders are not as effective as using iron oxides.


Cost Price: R10 for 50g
Lasted me about:
 60 applications in 6 months.
Estimated shelf life: 6 months (Store in an airtight container away from direct sunlight and moisture).

*Costs accurate at time of writing, and based on the best retail prices I’ve found.


Soft colour: It doesn’t provide a strong colour if you are looking to contour your face with makeup. Instead, it just tints/ stains your skin for a more naturally blushed look.


  • Longer stay: Unlike my powder blush recipe, this cream blush does not wipe away as easily. It stays put for longer.
  • No breakouts: I would always breakout on my cheeks after using synthetic blush. However, this homemade blush keeps my skin as clear as a summer’s day.
  • This can double up as a moisturising lip tint too.


  • Red iron oxide powder:  Natural mineral commonly used in cosmetics as a pigment. Non-irritant. (buy here)
  • Aloe vera gel: Moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel. It contains antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. (buy here)
  • Glycerine: is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture to the skin, and it functions as a solvent and preservative when used as a majority part of a glycerite recipe. (buy here)

Not sure where to find these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.

I’d love to know how this recipe worked for you? Please share in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Homemade Cream Blush (Rouge)”

    • Hey =) I’m always happy when someone new finds my blog, and I hope you enjoy making this recipe. Let me know how it goes, or if you have any questions.

  1. Hi,

    I love your blog! Just found it. I love cosmetics and makeup but with the prices in this economy its hectic.

    I live in Pretoria and is interested in making some of my own homemade products.

    Can you please share the suppliers you bought the mica powder and aloe gel from.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Jacqueline. I’m thrilled that you found my blog, and that you love it =) I know exactly what you mean by “this economy” that we’re living in at the moment. Making my own products really helps. I buy the aloe gel from Dischem. I prefer the “Bettaway” brand, which is 97% Aloe Vera and the rest is Vitamin E. It costs about R100 for 100ml. Be sure to read the ingredients list on other brands, I found SO many additional & unnecessary chemicals in them. As for the mica powder – gosh – it’s difficult to find in SA! I had to buy mine from Amazon in the end. But another option is to buy mineral makeup, and use the powder to make cream blush. A good brand for natural mineral makeup is Inthusiasm, which is also the most affordable when compared to other natural brands.

    • Hi Adriana. Thank you for your comment. I’m happy that you are enjoying my blog. Gosh, mica powder is very difficult, if not impossible, to find in SA (even wholesale)! I’ve been searching for months. The only option I’ve found is to buy online from an international store like Making Cosmetics or Amazon. But another option is to buy mineral makeup in SA, and use the powder to make cream blush, but that won’t work if you’re looking for wholesale prices. A good brand for natural mineral makeup is Inthusiasm, which is also the most affordable when compared to other natural brands. I will let you know if I ever find a supplier. On the other hand, if you manage to find mica powder locally, I’d be incredibly grateful if you could let me know too. I’d love to share it with my blog readers – I’ve been asked SO many times! Sorry I couldn’t be of much help. Best of luck.


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