Cushion makeup is one of our favorite things to come out of the K Beauty trend (asides from panda sheet masks, obvi), and here’s why: It basically takes your favorite products and makes them better. The cushion is a sponge soaked in the product — when pressed, it dispenses the perfect amount of coverage for a skin-like finish, a lightly stained lip or a glossy eye.
The trend began with cushion compact foundations, which are great for many reasons. They’re super portable, which is perfect for when you have to do your makeup on the move. This is a great product to have in your bag if you’re obsessed with flawless skin — especially when you’re going for a no-makeup makeup look. It enhances your naturally glowy skin without covering it completely and doesn’t feel like a thick layer.
In fact, beauty junkies and brands alike love it so much they’ve created cushion everything — including highlighter, blush and even eyeliner. You can even DIY your own cushion (more on that later). We’re so obsessed that we’ve rounded up the standouts in each category — see our picks, ahead.
Bronzer is one of those things that can be intimidating if you’re not sure how to use it. This cushion bronzer is perfect for the babe just learning how to use bronzer or wanting a lighter, warmed up look.
This cushion really is magic — it’s a medium-full coverage formula infused with bamboo water and baobab fruit extract. This compact is perfect for the babe who wants a little more coverage but loves a product she can use on the go.
Some call this “the most gorgeous highlighter on earth,” and we can’t help but agree. It has a smooth, creamy texture and gives you just a hint of glow. It’s also buildable if you want to kick the shine up a notch.
Stila’s liner is legendary, and if you’re already obsessed you should give this one a try. The cushion stops the gel from drying out and makes it easy to get that perfect wing on the go. Pro tip: This stuff dries fast, so work quickly!
This Ulta-only liner is one of our faves to come out of the European drugstore brand. It’s jet black with a glossy finish, lasts all day and at $7 is an easy way to try cushion liner without breaking the bank.
This matte lip cream is the stuff dreams are made of — the applicator just makes it better. The formula is moussey and leaves you with a nice stain of color. It doesn’t dry down completely matte but wears comfortably throughout the day — we want one in every color!
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.