Anyone who knows me will tell you that my makeup skills are lacking. I only managed to do my first-ever successful winged liner last year, and I have absolutely no idea where half the products I own are actually supposed to be applied. However, while I might not be able to execute the perfect eye shadow look or know how to contour my nose, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert in simple, easy-to-use products, particularly creamy ones that I can apply with my fingers without too much thought.
You see, my lack of makeup skills means that I’m particularly rubbish at using products that require any sort of artistic ability. Last year, as I found myself cooped up at home with some more time on my hands, I made it my mission to at least try some of the more taxing products in my collection. I spent hours experimenting with eye palettes, stocked up on colour-correcting creams, and even dabbled in a bit of glitter. After several months of meticulously picking apart video tutorials and saving Instagram looks to copy, I can definitely say that I have learned a lot about my creative flair. Simply put, I don’t have any.
I can’t fight it anymore—I’m a cream-makeup girl through and through. While powders can be messy, time-consuming, and downright dulling, cream products are quick and foolproof and leave skin looking, well, like real skin should. In fact, every makeup artist that I have turned to for help over the years have all told me the same thing: If you want a quick, glowing face, cream makeup products are the way forward.
This year, I’m putting my fiddly powders and pigmented liquids into storage and embracing a quicker, more natural makeup look. So if you’re anything like me and want to keep things simple and glowy this year, keep scrolling for the best cream makeup products around.
MAC's Paint Pots are probably my longest-reigning makeup-bag essential. In fact, barely a day goes by where I'm not wearing these long-wearing colours on my eyes. Just swirl your finger in, swipe it across the lid, and you're good to go.
For days when I'm really short on time and don't want to bother with a proper base (or foundation for that matter), I dab this onto the high points of my face and blend out. Bronze, blur, and brighten, it seems to do it all.
This cult product is a lazy-girl favourite for a reason. Personally, it delivers too much glow when I swipe it straight from the stick, so I like to warm some up in my fingers and just tap it lightly onto my cheekbones. It leaves skin glowing all day long.
If the idea of glass-like skin appeals to you, this creamy highlight will be right up your street. Sheeny and radiant but with a shimmer so slight it's almost undetectable, this product is one of my springtime favourites.