hehe, Buffy does this alot too. She mostly does it when she slaps someone's face, when she wants down and they refuse to put her down. Other than that, she'll sometimes rest one or both paws on our cheeks and just stare at us, as if she's trying to dig deep into our souls
my cat kia does this and i have had her for 6 years... i always pick her up and hold her like a baby and she takes her paw and puts it on my nose! i think it is so cute. i always kiss her when i pick her up and i thought she did this so i wouldn't kiss her! but i think it is from when they are kittens they touch their mothers face for affection and i think that is why he is doing that.
Gryph was the one for touching a cheek with his paw. He'd reach up just exactly the way a human puts a gentle hand on a loved one's face, and in exactly the same kinds of moments -- when he was feeling particularly mushy. Definitely a sign of affection, to my mind.
Both Muddy and Oscar reach out with both paws to touch my face. They also like to give me wet head butts on my face. Muddy was orphaned young (10 days) and Oscar was dumped when he was about 5 weeks old. I guess they think I'm their momma.
Our kitty Momo does this often. She'll sit right up on my (or my boyfriends) chest and look right at us and place a furry paw or two on our face. She climbs into bed with us and does this on the weekends as we try to sleep in.
my Blade always has to touch my face when I am petting him, when I'm just holding him, Or if I am just sleeping. He's finally learned he doesn't have to lay on my head to touch my cheek. LOL So now he lays with his head in the crook of my neck with one paw on my face. Not all the time but 80% of it.