The 18 Best Liquid Blushes of 2023

Buildable pigment for days.

Models at Chromat Show wearing blush
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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

  • Color 

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. 

  • Finish

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. 

  • Pigment

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

Meet the Expert

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Dominique Lerma

Dominique Lerma a Hollywood bred Internationally published Makeup Artist and Beauty Educator, known for her ability to create flawless complexions and innovative beauty looks. She grew her love for makeup artistry at a very ripe age and began beautifying faces for her fellow classmates at her all girl parochial high school. Her self taught passion flourished while she was given the opportunity of working with the world reknowned Mac Cosmetics and soon became a Viva Glam Ambassador. Her 9 years in the beauty industry has landed her on the pages of Instyle, Nylon, Runway, and Photo Vogue Italia. Dominique’s vast resume includes Beauty, editorial, celebrity, advertising, rebranding and bridal. She serves as a Beauty Educator for Frankie Rose Cosmetics and is a bilingual traveling sales representative for both Enzo Milano Professional Hair Styling Tools and Royal Langnickel Brush. Her creative expertise consists of Makeup artistry, hairstyling and men’s grooming. 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.