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The 15 Best Liquid Blushes for a Dreamy Flushed Look

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We can’t think of a bigger beauty trend since extreme contouring than liquid blush. The just-flushed look came right from Korea where beauty lovers applied cheek color to the tops of the cheeks and across the nose for a natural finish. Add a little lip color, such as a lip tint, and the trend was solidified. All of a sudden, folks across the world were putting aside their powder blush for a blendable, moisturizing blush, no matter their skin type. 

Just take one swipe through TikTok and you’ll see the liquid blush trend all over your FYP. There’s truly a shade and a formula for everyone. From clean, plant-based ingredients to bold, look-at-me colors, it’s easy to achieve dreamy, sun-kissed radiance year round. So keep reading to check out 15 of the best liquid blushes—get ready to tap and blend your way to glowing skin.

1. The Best Natural-Looking Liquid Blush:

NARS Liquid Blush

TYS BEAUTY Liquid Blush

We’re big fans of this weightless, long-lasting cheek treat that builds pigment for a soft flush of color. It comes in three blendable shades (Drip, Juice, and Splash), making it the perfect choice for a seamless and dewy finish. 

4. The Best Liquid Blush for Radiance:

RODIAL Blush Drops

RODIAL Blush Drops

This dewy liquid blush helps give your cheeks a radiant, flushed-out glow. We’re impressed by its buildable pigments that are enriched with vitamin E for a seamless application and second-skin finish. Plus, the hydrating formula feels so silky. Use the pipette to place a few drops straight onto your cheekbones and blend, adding more to build to your desired intensity.

5. The Best Liquidy Blush Stick:

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Stick Blush

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Stick Blush

Not only does this rose petal pink blush come in easy-to-use stick packaging, but it also has an attached brush for easy blending. Plus, its lightweight cream formula effortlessly glides onto your skin, giving you a radiant, natural-looking color that lasts all day. We’re obsessed with how easy it is to use: Just swipe a small amount onto the center of your cheek directly from the stick, then blend out toward your hairline with the brush. Use circular motions to blend and tapping motions to build color.

6. The Best Superfood-Infused Blush:

TARTE Maracuja Juicy Blush

CHANTECAILLE Cheek Gelée
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Speaking of long-wear, CHANTECAILLE’s Cheek Gelée is popular for the way it goes on like a gel-cream blush but lasts like a stain. Each of the four shades is super buildable and easy to blend to create a hue unique to your skin tone. Bonus: This formula is safe for use as eyeshadow, making it another stunning two-for-one option.

6. Most Affordable:

MAYBELLINE Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush

TARTE Maracuja Juicy Blush

Infused with the juiciest maracuja and a cocktail of over 10 superfruits, this vibrant pink-orange blush will give your skin a hydration boost while delivering the perfect healthy flush. With its ultra-creamy, buildable, and blendable formula, it glides on flawlessly, melting into your complexion for a weightless flush that lasts all day.

7. The Best Long-Wearing Liquid Blush:

RARE BEAUTY Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

E.L.F. Monochromatic Multi Stick
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Another affordable drugstore option is this blush stick with a cream-to-powder formula. While not a liquid blush exactly, it is one of the best cream blushes out there—especially at the price. The lightweight formula can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks, so all eight shades are incredibly versatile.

8. Best Cream Blush:

FENTY BEAUTY Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

FLOWER BEAUTY Blush Bomb Color Drops for Cheeks
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One of the newest liquid blushes at the drugstore is FLOWER BEAUTY’s lightweight, vegan blush. Available in eight shades, this blush gives cheeks a rosy glow with just a dab of color. Take some inspo from founder Drew Barrymore, who loves mixing the shades, and combine these affordable blushes into a hue that’s uniquely your own.

10. Best Plant-Based:

ERE PEREZ Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint

ERE PEREZ Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint
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This vegan and cruelty-free blush uses beetroot extract to nourish and hydrate with a rosy tint, plus a dose of powerful antioxidants to infuse skincare ingredients into your rosy glow. It comes in two pigmented shades you can layer up to your liking for a subtle flush or a statement punch.

11. Most Lightweight:

NATASHA DENONA Puff Paint

CIATÉ LONDON Velvet Skin Cream Blush

Give your cheeks a pretty pink glow just in time for spring. This creamy blush is not only buildable and blendable, but it also has good-for-you ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening vitamin C. Apply two to three dots over your cheeks, and blend immediately for a sheer flush of color.

14. The Best Clean Formula Liquid Blush:

SAIE Dew Blush

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Deana Saukam
Deana Saukam
Deana is a writer at IPSY and a bon-vivant-at-large with an insatiable appetite for beauty, food, travel, and fashion. With 15+ years of experience, her work has been featured in Glamour, Food & Wine, Eater, Le Fooding, Conde Nast Traveler, and more.
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Elizabeth Denton
Elizabeth is a freelance beauty writer. Previously, she was a beauty & fashion editor at Time Out New York, Seventeen, & Allure. She has more than a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion world, writing for Nylon, StyleCaster, Cosmopolitan & more.
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Article Last Updated October 2, 2023 12:00 AM