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How do you use the clay play to go cheek palette?

How do you use the clay play to go cheek palette?

The clay play cheek palette from Maybelline New York is a fun and easy way to add a pop of color to your cheeks. This cheek palette contains six blendable shades to allow you to create a variety of looks from subtle to bold. The creamy, lightweight formula glides onto skin smoothly and blends seamlessly. With a few easy steps, you can achieve beautiful, natural-looking cheeks with this cheek palette.

Choosing Your Shade

The first step is choosing which shade or combination of shades to use from the palette. There are six shades total: sandy beige, rich plum, vivid watermelon, warm apricot, soft rose, and cool cocoa. Consider your skin tone when selecting a shade. Light to medium skin tones can wear any shade but may want to opt for softer shades like sandy beige, warm apricot or soft rose for a more natural daytime look. Deeper skin tones can wear any shade as well but rich plum, vivid watermelon and cool cocoa will really pop. You can also mix shades together to create a custom blended color.

Here are some recommended shade pairings for different looks:

  • Sandy beige + soft rose = sweet, feminine flush
  • Warm apricot + vivid watermelon = fun, summery glow
  • Cool cocoa + rich plum = dramatic, sculpted contour

Feel free to get creative and blend shades that appeal to you!

Prepping Your Face

Always start by prepping your face with skincare and primer for a smooth canvas. Apply your normal skincare routine of cleanser, toner, treatments and moisturizer. Let it fully absorb into the skin. Next, apply primer to help makeup grip onto the skin and give you a flawless base. Use a makeup sponge and lightly dab primer onto the cheeks and anywhere else you will be applying cheek color.

Applying the Cheek Palette

Once your face is prepped, you can start applying the cheek palette. Use a fluffy powder brush and lightly dip into your chosen shade. Tap off any excess powder before applying to skin. Start by brushing the color onto the apple of the cheek in the area you want the most pigment deposited. Then softly blend outward toward the hairline. Use light, sweeping motions to diffuse the edges for a seamless blend.

Add more pigment on the apples of the cheeks if you want a bolder look. For a softer, more subtle flush opt for lighter application and really blend out the edges. Build the color up gradually in thin layers for best results.

To mix and match shades, simply layer them on top starting with the deeper shade first. So if you want a plum apricot mix, apply rich plum first then go over it with warm apricot. Always tap off excess powder between shades.

Blending is Key

Blending is essential for any cheek look using the play palette. You want the shades to melt into the skin for a natural glow that isn’t too stark. Use a fluffy powder brush and sweep back and forth focusing on the edges of the color. Lightly blend onto bare skin at the outer perimeter so there is no visible line of demarcation.

You can also use a makeup sponge for blending. This gives a more airbrushed effect and sheers out the color nicely. Simply pat and roll the sponge over cheeks to blend seamlessly.

Take your time blending as this creates a flawless, natural flush. Softly diffuse until you have achieved your desired look.

Set with Powder

The last step is to set the cream cheek color with powder. This ensures longevity and keeps your cheeks looking freshly flushed all day. Use a big fluffy brush and dust on translucent setting powder or mineral powder. Focus on the areas where you applied the cheek color. This seals it into place so it won’t fade or crease.

Be sure to blend the powder into the edges with no visible line. You want your cheeks to look airbrushed and velvety. Finish with setting spray for extra hold. And your cheeks are complete!

Tips for Using the Cheek Palette

Here are some extra tips for getting the most out of your clay play cheek palette:

  • Always tap off excess powder before applying so you don’t overdo it.
  • Build up color gradually in layers for the perfect payoff.
  • Use the included mirror to ensure even application on both sides.
  • Store in a cool, dry place to maintain optimal texture.
  • Clean brush regularly to prevent color cross-contamination.
  • Apply foundation, concealer and face powder before cheeks.
  • Use a light hand and blend well for a natural look.


When using the cheek palette, be careful of the following:

  • Tap off excess product to avoid over-application.
  • Do patch tests if you have sensitive skin.
  • Don’t apply to broken, irritated or inflamed skin.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Stop if irritation or rash occurs.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

Always read and follow usage directions carefully. Discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur. Store palette properly and keep free of contaminants for best use. With proper application, the Maybelline New York play palette makes it easy to achieve stunning, customizable cheeks!


The Maybelline New York clay play cheek palette is the perfect product for creating radiant, pretty cheeks. With its blendable creamy formula and variety of wearable shades, anyone can achieve a natural, glowing flush. Just swirl on your choice of hues starting at the apple of the cheek, softly blend outward toward the hairline, set with powder and you’ll get lit-from-within cheeks. Take your time blending for a seamless transition and build up color as desired. The play palette allows you to mix and match shades for tailored looks. Follow the easy application tips and you’ll have gorgeous, customized flush in minutes!