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When it comes to makeup, I truly believe there’s nothing better than a soft and glowy, hydrated looking face. Whether you’re going for a barely-there look, or are piling on the glitters and pigments, everything just looks better with glowing skin. While a lot of this depends on a rigorous skincare routine, it can also be achieved with the right makeup products. And by “right” I mean “cream.” Here are some of the best.

Base-wise, there are two standout cream foundations for me. The first is the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, which is literally beautiful, but unfortunately costs five million pounds. If you want to do your base in seconds but look like you just had a facial, this is the one for you.

A slightly cheaper alternative is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation. I actually think this is fairly similar to the Tom Ford, although it has more of a soft-matte (rather than dewy) finish. It’s extremely quick and easy to blend, and can be built up over areas of concern for a beautiful finish.

Cream contours are, in my eyes, the best way to fake cheekbones. Powders always run the risk of sitting on top of the skin and looking a little chalky and obvious. Creams can become one with the skin, more convincingly faking areas of shadow. I love the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo – more specifically, the Sculpting Side. It’s a great tone for fair to medium skins, and the perfect texture to blend and then set.

If you want to look more sun kissed than severe, consider a cream bronzer instead. Two of the very best are the Nudestix Nudies in Bondi Bae and the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked. Their handy stick formulations make them extremely easy to apply where you need, and then blend out for a natural but plump and hydrated finish.

A does-everything cream product I simply had to mention is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera. I’m extremely pale, so on me this works as a sculpting blush, but it can also be worn on the eyes and the lips. The warm, deep tone will suit all complexions and the formula of the Beach Sticks is second to none.

And what would a cream product roundup be if I didn’t mention the Glossier Cloud Paints? These are some of the best cream blushes on the market – extremely easy to use, a forgiving and long-lasting formulation and the cutest colours imaginable. But you already knew that, right?

If you want a sheenier blush look, I’m absolutely obsessed with the Olio E Osso Balms. These are slightly tinted sticks which give a dewy, healthy sheen. The shade Berry 4 looks dark and intimidating but offers a sheer but exceptionally flattering wash of pigment. They are super hydrating, too.

To take your glow to the next level, cream highlighters are aplenty on the market. But there are some standouts amidst the noise. The Nabla Glowy Skin Highlighter is absolutely amazing. It gives the look of a face gloss without any of the stickiness or transfer. For an editorial sheen, look no further.

For something a little more obvious, and a little more fun, I’d highly recommend the Stila Heaven’s Dew in Silverlake. This is a sheer cream absolutely packed with white glitter. Wherever you smear it, expect to look bathed in diamonds. It’s particularly perfect for parties.

For cream eye products, I have three recommendations. The first are the Jillian Dempsey Lid Tints. These are sheer, dewy eye colours which look subtly glossy. The shades Peach and Lilac are my top picks, as they offer a very cool-girl, pastel sheen.

A more traditional option is a Maybelline Colour Tattoo. These are an old favourite, and still one of the best products at the drugstore. The shades On and On Bronze, Permanent Taupe and Creamy Beige all make for beautiful (and unbelievably speedy) neutral smoky looks.

My final recommendation is the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. They’re just so stunning – one swipe reveals an opaque, multifaceted wash of shimmer. The shade Moonlight is my top pick, as it adds a hint of dimension and brings light to the eyes without looking over the top.

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