We love a good powder and cream blush as much as the next beauty lover, but the best liquid blushes have a special place in our hearts—and our makeup bags. Why? They’re easy to apply (just swipe and blend with your fingers), are super buildable, and give the world’s most stunning, subtle flush. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Makeup artist and Omnia Executive Artist Dominique Lerma explains, “I love liquid blushes because they are super high in pigment—a few drops can go a long way. They tend to be skin-forward with ingredients that nourish your skin, too.”
While technically designed to give a flush to your cheeks, most liquid blushes also double as lipsticks and eyeshadow bases. “They’re so versatile,” Lerma adds. “Use it as a stain and you’ll get an I-woke-up-like-this flush on your lips.” And with endless color options, finishes ranging from glowy to matte, and applicators for every preference, there’s truly a liquid blush out there for everyone. Here, we’ve rounded up the all-time best blushes in liquid form, from the cult-favorite Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush to the Saie Dew Blush.
What to Look For
The majority of the blushes on this list come in at least five shades, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one that's compatible with your skin tone. If you have a warmer (think: yellow or orange) undertone, reach for blushes with a red or orange base. If your skin leans cooler (think: pink or red), you'll want to seek out a bright berry, mauve, or pink. That in mind, blush is really here to have fun with, so at the end of the day pick whichever shade your heart desires.
The finish of your blush really boils down to personal preference. Naturally, most cream blushes are going to give a dewier, glowier finish, but there are a handful that dry down matte.
I cannot emphasize this enough: Patch test! Liquid blushes tend to be uber-pigmented, so you're going to want to dab a bit on your hand and see how far the pigment spreads before plopping a massive blob on the apple of your cheek. One itty-bitty dot may be all you need.
The Best Liquid Blushes
- The Best Liquid Blush for Glow: Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Pillow Talk (opens in new tab)
- The Best Hydrating Liquid Blush: Chantecaille Cheek Jelly (opens in new tab)
- The Most Pigmented Liquid Blush: Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
- The Best Luxe Liquid Blush: Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Liquid Blush (opens in new tab)
- The Easiest to Apply Liquid Blush: Surratt Artistique Liquid Blush (opens in new tab)
The Best Blush for Glow
Hear me out: This product is your blush and your highlighter. I’m deeply, deeply obsessed with this product and shout its praises from the rooftops. The liquid formula is finger friendly, works across skin tones (there’s three intensities to choose from), and quite literally reflects the light at every turn. Because of the opalescent finish and non-tacky texture, this blush ends up looking like an extension of your skin—you won’t see any harsh lines or blotchy patches.
Pros: Multi-purpose; Foolproof application; Editor favorite
Cons: Packaging can be messy
The Best Sheer Liquid Blush
Watercolor is the best way to describe this baby. It has a tinted, super sheer finish that leaves a little pinch of color wherever you want. In my experience, the magic recipe is three, itty-bitty dots placed along the cheekbone, in an upwards motion towards the temple. It gives a lifted, slightly tinted look without being too intense. A quick swipe on the lips and you’re good to go. That in mind, you can easily build intensity with more product.
Pros: Lightweight; Multi-purpose; Buildable
Cons: Can lift up certain foundations
The Best Liquid Blush for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, a hydrating product is non-negotiable. This Chantecaille liquid cream-gel fits the bill. It’s packed with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin to keep your cheeks looking dewy as opposed to rough and patchy. The formula is reminiscent of a stain, so the pigment is going to last all day. While that is a *huge* plus, I urge you to work fast. This guy dries down and locks in color on the quicker side, so pat-pat-pat as soon as it touches your skin.
Pros: Skincare ingredients; Hydrating
Cons: Need to work fast
The Best Multi-Purpose Liquid Blush
If in the back of taxi or in a major rush, this product is my holy grail. The pigment is relatively sheer so you quite literally can't mess up your application. Plus, it's as multi-purpose as multi-purpose can be. Not only can you swipe it on your cheeks, but it also doubles as a tinted lip treatment. Ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and orange blossom create a nourishing, hydrating texture that you can apply on repeat.
Pros: Multi-purpose; Skincare ingredients
Cons: Not as pigmented as others
The Best Blurring Liquid Blush
There are two shades in this lineup—and I highly recommend buying both. In my experience, mixing the copper hue with the rosy pink is the secret to a bronzed, slightly sunburnt-looking glow. Each gives a radiant, healthy glow that shimmers in the light. You'll be so dewy, you won't even need a highlighter. While they go on relatively sheer at first, the liquid formulas are very easy to build up.
Pros: Multi-purpose; Hydrating
The Best Liquid Blush Drops
These liquid blush drops are going to be your best friend if you want to recreate the sunburnt blush trend. The pinky hue gives a perfect flush and the finish is silky without looking too sparkly. Use as much product as your heart desires (I suggest one full dropper full) and spread the product from your temples to the bridge of your nose. You can even layer the product on before foundation if you want a more low-key flush.
Pros: Silk finish; Buildable
Cons: Pigment fades throughout the day
The Most Pigmented Liquid Blush
It’s relatively impossible to talk about the best blushes of all time without giving a shout out to NARS’ Orgasm Blush. While that powder gets a lot of hype, the liquid counterpart is just as good. It gives the same unmistakable pink hue, but with a dewier, more shimmery finish. Make sure to shake it up before you pump and start out slow—it’s super pigmented and a little goes a long way.
Pros: Color works on all skin tones; Very pigmented
Cons: Pump gets clogged easily
The Liquid Blush With the Best Applicator
For mess-free application, a sponge-tip applicator is the way to go. Just dot, blend, and you’re good to go. Plus, the Surratt shade range is absolutely stunning. Parfait and Barbe a Papa are ideal for cool undertones (think: pink or red) and Classique and Cantaloupe are a dream for warm tones (think: golden or yellow).
Pros: Great shade selection; Easy to apply
The Best Liquid Blush for Pigment
If it were possible to get an Oscar for creating a blush, Selena Gomez and her development team would win it. A quick search on literally any social media site will result in thousands of reviews singing this praises of this blush, and for good reason. The formula packs a punch and blends subtly without losing pigment, working wonders for all complexions and tones.
Pros: Pigmented; Long lasting
Cons: Difficult to apply at first (a little goes a long way)
The Best Drugstore Liquid Blush
Milani has been a staple in beauty routines since the brand’s inception in 2001. They’re always one to keep up with the trends while creating affordable products that stand on their own. Don’t believe me, try this drugstore blush for yourself—pick up a few shades, actually, you’ll thank me later.
Pros: Affordable; Pigmented
Cons: Dries down quickly—act fast
The Best pH Adjusting Liquid Blush
Magic. That’s what this blush is. Apply a small amount to cheeks and watch as the green liquid adheres to skin’s pH to turn into a customized flattering pink shade. If you’re struggling to pull a look together, subtle pink cheeks via this personalized blush is always a good choice.
Pros: Customized shade match; Glassy finish
Cons: Might be too oily for some
The Best Jelly Liquid Blush
This is the luxury car of liquid blushes. From the color variety to the large doe-foot applicator, Saie really outdid themselves with this pigment and formulation. A little goes a long way—directly apply the blush onto the apples of the cheeks and use your finger to gently blot it along your cheekbones.
Pros: Blendable; Multi-purpose; Pigmented
Cons: Colors are slightly different than the appear online
The Best Plumping Liquid Blush
As a good rule of thumb, swatch any product you’re about to try on your hand to test the pigment, especially if you’re on the last step of your makeup look. I say this because the Freck Beauty Cheekslime is that girl when it comes to saturated pigment. One drop of this gel-like formula and you’re set for both cheeks, lightly blot out the shade and watch as it thins to evenly cover without patches.
Pros: Very pigmented; Long-wearing
Cons: Dries fast
The Best Multi-Purpose Liquid Blush
The Swiss army knife of makeup brands: Danessa Myricks Beauty. Every product from this cosmetic line is known for its versatile use and that doesn’t stop with this blush, eyeshadow, and lip color trio. Go ahead, match your lips, eyes, and cheeks with this all-in-one product—you know you want to.
Pros: Multi-purpose; Pigmented; Great shade selection
The Best Red Liquid Blush
Michelle Phan’s cosmetic brand Em Cosmetics boasts innovative packaging that makes beauty more convenient. Case in point: The brand’s serum blush is applied via dropper. The concentrated formula is another example of little product for maximum payoff. Red blush might seem scary, but if you have yellow undertones or darker skin tones, this shade is made for you.
Pros: Glowy; Pigmented; Long lasting
Cons: Not good for travel—dropper can leak
The Best Liquid Blush With Skincare Ingredients
The best of both worlds: The skincare base that we love and expect from Drunk Elephant, paired with the subtle addition of pigment. The result: Glow drops that you’ll want to cover your entire body in. Not saying that I have done this, but if I did, their Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (opens in new tab) does the removal job right.
Pros: Skincare ingredients; Glowy; Subtle
Cons: One shade
The Best Luxe Liquid Blush
If you’re looking for a truly light formula that doesn’t make you fear looking like a clown, this water-based formula from Armani Beauty is here for you. Sheer colors heighten the natural skin base and work best on clean skin. The ultimate “no-makeup-makeup” blush.
Pros: Lightweight; Great colors; Looks natural
The Best Buildable Liquid Blush
"Don't be alarmed by the dark color of this lip and cheek tint! Once on the skin, it turns into a beautiful rose shade that I think would flatter just about every skin tone. Plus, the formula is super light and buildable so you can have as dramatic or as subtle of a blush look as you want." — Brooke Knappenberger, Editorial Fellow
Pros: Works for all skin tones; Buildable
Cons: Better for cheeks than lips