Make Homemade Cream Blushes with Benefit That Gal Face Primer and Powder

Published in: Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To


Summer stopped by this week, and my apartment’s been hotter than Joseph Gordon-Levitt.



It was so hot last night that I couldn’t even bear to cook a real meal for dinner, so I cooked with some Benefit makeup instead πŸ™‚

Say hello to Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer ($28).

It’s a shimmery, light pink liquid face primer used to prep skin for foundation and to add a subtle glow.

But apparently that’s not all it does. A friend of mine at Benefit suggested using That Gal to turn powder blushes into creams.

Between bites of microwaved Lean Cuisine shrimp linguine, I gave it a try, mixing That Gal with Coralista and Dallas, two of my favorite Benefit boxed powder blushes.

It works!

That Gal + powder blush = pretty cream blush


First, I dabbed a dollop of That Gal on the back of my hand.


Next, I took Benefit Coralista and ran the brush that comes with it across the top of the pan to loosen some powder.


Then, I loaded the brush with as much of the loosened powder as possible and deposited it beside That Gal on my hand.


And mixed the two together with a finger…


That’s it. πŸ™‚ A new creation! A pink and coral cream blush with shimmer. Pretty, yah?



After trying the technique with Coralista, I gave it a try with Dallas blush. The resulting peachy brown cream blush has a hint of pink shimmer. πŸ™‚

One thing to keep in mind, though — the concoction dries quickly, so ya best bust a move to get it on your cheeks with a quickness.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. i have sensitive combo skin, which is very tight in the cheeks if i don’t moisturize properly… this should help the blush sink in – i love georgia and dandelion powders on my NC15/BE fair/BB warm ivory-sand skin!
    .-= ines, felix and kitten (the office kitties)’s last blog post… Introducing the Ballroom Beauty Mascot – Cha Cha the Kitty =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ines,

      You can also mix ’em with your moisturizers, too. πŸ™‚

      How’s my Cha Cha? It’s sooo hot here today — the weather turns Tabs into PSYCHO TABZ. He’s bitten me three times today, boo.

  2. Diana Kim says:

    what a great idea! πŸ™‚

  3. Karen B says:

    Looks great. I’ve been playing with makeup again tonight for the first time in AGES. Trying to do a Mrs Lovett look. But I need to buy some proper foundation because I still have a slight flush… lol. And the eyes need some finetuning. I guess I’m still too lighthanded with the darker colours, or not pale enough…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen B.,

      Do you have a digital camera? One thing I’ve found that really helps is taking pictures of of myself when I’m finished w/the look. It really allows me to see where I can tweak or improve it.

  4. tali says:

    I have got to try this!!!!
    .-= tali’s last blog post… MAC Baby Bloom & Love That Look haul =-.

  5. gio says:

    That is a great idea! The blushes look great!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: Do you wear makeup when you go to the beach? =-.

  6. How creative! I am gonna have to try this out too!
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  7. L says:

    That’s such a good idea…I love using cream blushes for the winter when my skin’s a bit drier.
    .-= L’s last blog post… stylefinds: Have you seen Forever 21’s new blog? Get the Skinny on Forever 21. – =-.

  8. Luinae says:

    I used my GOSH primer, which I adore and some Annabelle blush- it worked with those products too! Awesome, awesome idea. Thank you
    .-= Luinae’s last blog post… Wake Up, ItÒ€ℒs Wednesday: August 12, 2009 =-.

  9. Tiffany says:

    what a cute idea! and I actually have that gal and coralista! I will have to try this out on day!

  10. Stef says:

    What a clever idea. you Beauty Scientist you! Now I have even one more reason I need to pick up That Gal.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Sex and the Single Girl, 1962 =-.

  11. Sherry says:

    wow.. this is new for me. I Like it πŸ™‚
    .-= Sherry’s last blog post… Fashionable glasses for your children =-.

  12. Stephie says:

    Wah!! This is genius. Thanks so much for sharing this tip. I don’t have Benefit That Gal but I am pretty sure it’s worth to experiment with whatever primer I have lying around. Yay for makeup experiments πŸ˜›
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… OOTD =-.

  13. Marce says:

    Great idea! Makeup is so fun, hey? πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Korres Mango Butter Lipstick SPF10 – Review =-.

  14. Louise Gray says:

    Clever idea. However, I think that if I would like a cream blush, I will try Stila convertibles to be used on cheeks or as lipsticks. The colors and consistency are beautiful. Perhaps I might seek out Mr. NARS, too. I do love his Cactus Flower cream blush. Now that is a true coral that most people can wear. Louise

  15. Rachel says:

    Very cool πŸ™‚ JGL be lookin’ fine in those pix too.

  16. cha cha is growing crazy fast!

    he’s been pretty good recently about the biting, even though he does still take a nibble on my toes. he’s still wired and crazy.
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Introducing the Ballroom Beauty Mascot – Cha Cha the Kitty =-.

  17. Marisol says:

    Neat! Coralista has been my go to blush this summer.

    I see someone sporting some Indigo Paris… whoo hoo!
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Happy Anniversary! =-.

  18. lexi says:

    interesting I have this primer – i stopped wearing it cuz it made me breakout maybe i should try this instead…very cool DIY project =)

  19. Karen B says:

    I did, and it looked horrid. Lol. Well not horrid but I need a proper foundation because my cheeks were still flushed and I wasn’t pale enough. And the eyes need darkening too.
    It’s weird that some looks come across realy well on photo like old hollywood liner and then other looks don’t.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen B.,

      A lot of it is camera stuff, too. Sometimes the flash can blow out colors… another thing I like to do is check in natural light. Are you applying your makeup in the bathroom? The lighting in there is totally different than natural light. If you apply makeup in the loo it can look totally different when you go outside.

  20. Merylynmagic says:

    Hey Karen!
    Nice idea… I bet you could do the same thing with MAC’s Strobe liquid or cream as well!! I’m totally in love with Strobe liquid mixed in with a little MAC Studio Sculpt foundation makes a great glowy tinted moisturizer!!!

  21. Karen B says:

    Yeah, I checked both with and without flash. Couldn’t check in natural light as it was already pretty late. I’ll try it again during the day.

  22. Steph says:

    thanks for the idea
    i was wondering what else i can mix to make cream blushes
    i have tried my primer from australis and it didnt mix nicely – very watery
    but my primer is quite old
    could that affect it
    thanks for the help

  23. Serena says:

    What a lovely idea, I need to try it πŸ™‚
    I have ‘that gal’ and ‘dallas’ in my makeup bag so I will give this a shot!
    I love your blog by the way (:
    Take care x

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