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.
SUBSTITUTES YOU CAN ALSO USE
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 & SHELF LIFE
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.
CHERRY ON TOP
- 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.