Powder and cream blushes may get all the praise these days, but liquid blush is where it’s at, my friends. Sure, powders are super-pigmented, but they tend to look cake-y and streaky if you’re not sure what you’re doing. And okay, fine, creams are moisturizing, but they also like to melt right off your face seconds after you apply them. But when you use a liquid blush? You’ll get a pretty flush, all-day staying power, and a hydrating feel without any of the annoying downsides. To see for yourself, try one of the 15 best liquid blushes on the list below. There’s an option for every skin type, budget, and makeup skill level, so you’re basically guaranteed to find one you love.
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Best Liquid Blush with Skincare Benefits
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Glow Drops
I’m all about makeup products that have skin-friendly ingredients, and this liquid blush from Drunk Elephant fits the bill. It’s infused with virgin marula oil and vitamin F (the antioxidant is rich in nourishing omega fatty acids) to leave your face soft, plump, and dewy.
Best Easy-To-Use Liquid Blush
Surratt Beauty Artistique Liquid Blush
Go ahead and put away your makeup brushes and sponges. This liquid blush comes with a built-in sponge applicator so you can just click the wand to dispense the color, quickly dab it on your cheeks, and then blend it out with your fingers. Done and done.
Best Multipurpose Liquid Blush
Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Flush Blush, Eyeshadow and Lip Color
Save space in your makeup bag with this three-in-one liquid blush (it doubles as an eyeshadow and lipstick). Just swipe the soft pink liquid pigment on your lids, lips, and cheeks for an easy monochromatic glow.
Best Cult-Favorite Liquid Blush
Nars Liquid Blush in Orgasm
Nars’ best-selling blush Orgasm (it’s got the perfect amount of peachy pink pigments and flecks of gold shimmer) comes in a powder and cream blush formula, but the liquid version is hands down the best IMO. Even if you’re dead tired, a few drops will immediately wake up your face.
Best Liquid Blush Stain
Elaluz by Camila Coelho Lip and Cheek Stain
Part lip stain, part liquid blush, this gel formula dries down after 30 seconds to give your cheeks (and lips) a long-lasting flush. And the red color is totally customizable too—apply just a little bit for a hint of tint, or layer it on for a bolder pop of color.
Best Matte Liquid Blush
Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
A lot of liquid blushes have shimmer, which is fine if you’re into the dewy highlighter look. But if you’re not? This matte liquid blush will be your go-to. It dries down to a shine-free finish that looks gorgeous IRL and in photos.
Best Sheer Liquid Blush
Iconic London Sheer Blush
I get it, not everyone is a blush person—which is why I added this ultra-sheer option to the list. It gives your cheeks *just* the right amount of subtle, realistic-looking color that doesn’t look overly done or made up.
Best Hydrating Liquid Blush
Tarte Maneater Blush & Glow Cheek Plump
If you’ve got dry skin, this liquid blush is for you. The ultra-hydrating formula uses hyaluronic acid (a humectant that draws moisture to the skin), vitamin E, and coconut water to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and supple for hours.
Best Clean Liquid Blush
Saie Dew Blush Liquid Cheek Blush
I love everything about this liquid blush. The creamy gel texture melts right into skin and never looks streaky or cakey, it’s made with ingredients that are clean (aka good for you and the plant) and the sustainable packaging and is designed with the environment in mind. A win win.
Best Inexpensive Liquid Blush
Milani Cheek Kiss Blush
Newsflash: You don’t need to spend a ton of $$ to get a high-quality liquid blush. This $10 option from drugstore makeup brand Milani is proof. Even though it’s inexpensive, it’s got a ton of 5 star reviews, is easy to blend and build, and comes in six ultra-flattering shades too.
Best Plant-Based Liquid Blush
Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint
Love natural and organic makeup products? Then I promise you’ll love this plant-based liquid blush. It’s bright red tint comes from beetroot extract, which is rich in antioxidants like skin-brightening vitamin C.
Best Lightweight Liquid Blush
Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush
I’m not even kidding, this lightweight liquid blush (it comes in three shades—berry, pink, and peachy tan) feels like nothing on your face. It has a serum-like texture that soaks right into skin as soon as you swipe it on.
Best Animal-Friendly Liquid Blush
KVD Beauty ModCon Liquid-Gel Blush
I love that this liquid gel blush melts into skin in seconds and leaves your cheeks with a long-lasting glow, but I love the fact that it’s 100 percent cruelty-free (AKA never tested on animals) and made with vegan ingredients even more.
Best Skin-Smoothing Liquid Blush
Glossier Cloud Paint
You know how some blushes can settle into fine lines and pores and make your skin texture look rough and uneven? Well you won’t have to worry about that with Glossier’s Cloud Paint. It’s made with special blurring pigments that give cheeks a smooth, soft finish.
Best Long-Lasting Liquid Blush
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Tint
This bb won’t smear, smudge, or fade during the day. The liquid formula literally stains skin (and lips!) with juicy rose-colored pigments that look vibrant for hours and hours.
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