The 20 Best Liquid Blushes for Rosy, Glowing Cheeks

November 16, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
lop glow paradise lip + cheek tint

Liquid blush is one of our favorite blush formats because of how effortlessly it melts into the skin. Whether you choose to tap it onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingers or a flat stippling brush, it instantly adds radiance, dew and the ultimate flush of color to your makeup.. Plus, it’s top-notch for drier skin types who might want to stay away from powder options. 

Here, we’re sharing more on how to apply liquid blush (arguably one of the trendiest products of 2022), plus our favorite pigmented liquid blushes to try this season.

How to Apply Liquid Blush

Applying liquid blush is easy with the right tools. Simply squeeze out a tiny amount of the product onto the back of your hand and warm it up with your fingertips. It’s always better to apply less and build up the pigment than over-apply and have to start from scratch. You can either tap it onto your cheeks with your fourth finger, or opt to buff it in using a sponge or makeup brush. If you do the latter, you will want to pick up the product from the back of your hand or use a sanitized makeup mixing tray. 

Where to Apply Liquid Blush

Apply your liquid blush on the apples of your cheeks and swipe it up toward your temple for a “lifted blush” look. This will create a warm, contoured effect. If you prefer a more natural look, focus it solely on your cheekbone area. Bonus: A little goes a long way, so no need for multiple layers or excess product.  

The 20 Best Liquid Blushes for Rosy, Glowing Cheeks

L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip + Cheek Tint

Add glow to your makeup with this sheer liquid blush tint. It comes in six gorgeous shades, from a berry-pink to a burnt-orange, and will melt into your skin flawlessly. Not to mention, the hue is extremely buildable, making it an excellent choice whether you’re looking for a wash of color with just one layer or more contrast with a few.

loreal paris glow paradise lip + cheek tint

Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Liquid Blush

This pigmented liquid blush is a must-try if you’re looking for a formula that looks great on any complexion or tone. It comes in five hues, including a poppy red, soft brown and our favorite: a cool-undertoned peach.

armani beauty neo nude blush

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Cheek Serum

Add color and highlight to your complexion with this liquid cheek serum. It’s infused with tremella mushroom for a luminous, dewy tint in peach, bronze and sienna shades.

nyx bare with me luminous cheek serum blush

YSL Beauty Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint

For a wash of buildable color, opt for this silky tint that can be built up to a bold color or applied lightly for a subtle finish. It comes in a nude, pink and deep berry to satisfy every makeup mood.


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NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Glow Shots

OK, so technically the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Glow Shots are liquid eyeshadows, but according to the brand, you can dab the shimmery formula on your cheekbones to give your skin an illuminating glow. If you’re picking one of these up with the intention of using it as blush, we recommend Raspberry Rave or Clementine Fine.


Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush

This liquid-to-cream blush is a drugstore favorite for good reason: It’s extremely pigmented, glides onto the skin easily and stays for hours. It comes in a variety of hues from a bright pink, to a coral and a cool lavender, too.



NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Cream Blush

A crowd favorite when it comes to drugstore makeup, this tint cream blush is pigmented and has a fluffy-mousse consistency. It comes in six bold shades.



Youthforia BYO Blush 

Formulated with plant-based ingredients, this skin-friendly liquid blush reacts to your skin’s natural pH to give you the perfect shade. It absorbs like lightning and gives you the most naturally radiant finish.



Ilia Color Haze Multi-Use Pigment

For a lightweight veil of color, try this multipurpose pigment. It has a satin finish and stays dewy for hours thanks to the formula’s infusion of jojoba, linseed and coconut oils.



Saie Dew Liquid Cheek Blush

A flush of cheek color is easy to come by with this vegan liquid blush. It comes in six versatile shades, from a warm terracotta to a rosy-pink and cool berry. It also contains mulberry, elderberry and evening primrose extract to help moisturize and soothe the skin throughout your wear.



Milk Makeup Bionic Liquid Blush

This ultra creamy formula comes in four bold hues, including a deep purple and bright red, to add color and personality to any makeup look. We love the color payoff and how saturated it looks.



Glossier Cloud Paint

For a cult-favorite pick that won’t disappoint, try Cloud Paint. It has a buildable finish that allows you to add a sheer wash of color to your face, or it can achieve extra coverage with a few layers. We love that this one comes in multiple hues, including a burnt orange,  a berry pink,a mauve and more.



Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

If playing around with blush color is your thing, we recommend trying this liquid formula. It comes in a variety of nudes, pinks and  purples that will elevate any makeup routine, whether you pair them with a smoky eye or just a little liner.



Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum

Soft as a cloud, this formula melts seamlessly into the skin and comes in three hues: a neutral tan, a pink coral and a dark cherry. Our favorite part about this one is that it has a fluffy doe-foot applicator that makes application a breeze.



Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush

Kiss dull cheeks goodbye — literally — with this stunning liquid blush formula that adds warmth and depth to any makeup look. From a wine-stained brown to a bright orange, the looks you can create with this one are endless.



Danessa Myricks Vision Flush Blush, Eyeshadow and Lip Color

For a liquid blush that quite frankly, does it all, opt for this multitasking formula that can be used anywhere on the face. We love using it as blush for a warm, sculpted makeup finish. The best part? This product makes monochrome makeup simple as can be!


Elaluz Lip & Cheek Stain

This universal stain takes the guesswork out of picking a blush hue that suits your skin. Rather, it’s a just-bitten red pigment that will give your cheeks a natural flush, almost as if you’re not wearing makeup at all.



Freck Beauty Cheekslime Blush + Lip Tint with Plant Collagen

Long-wearing and totally vegan, this liquid blush option can be used on the face or the lips for a wash of color. It has a super creamy finish that dries down very quickly, and is even infused with plant collagen to promote healthy-looking skin.



Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand

Add color and sparkle to your cheeks with this highlighter wand that acts as a blush, too. It comes in two hues with a pink flush, Peachgasm and Pinkgasm, that can help you achieve your glowiest blush look yet.



Rodial Blush Drops

Everyone loves a makeup product that’s good for your skin, too. That’s why we had to include these blush drops infused with vitamin E to help nourish and smooth the skin. They also contain mica minerals to help reflect light and will leave you looking glowy, flushed and radiant.



Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Content Director: Victoria Moorhouse, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Makeup Artist: Allie Smith, Hair Stylist: Andrew Chen, Digi Tech: Paul Yem ,Photo Assistant: Matt Licari,  Model:  Tiffany Nika Leyba

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