10 Bold Blushes to Help You Nail the Statement Blush Makeup TrendJanuary 24, 2023
Love it or hate it, blush is a beauty product people tend to have a strong opinion about — and one of the latest makeup trends to sweep social media plays up everything that makes blush so polarizing. This year, we’re seeing statement blush popping up all over our Instagram feeds and in the pages of magazines.
There are countless different ways to rock statement blush, but the basic look consists of layering on an excessive amount of the product, preferable in a highly-pigmented, neon shade. The bold look is as high fashion as it is playful and whimsical — it references both editorial beauty spreads and cartoonish, doll-like aesthetics. Even the cold girl makeup trend that took over TikTok last fall incorporates statement blush.
We just so happen to love blush, and statement blush is a rare beauty trend that truly encapsulates the idea of makeup as an artform. Ahead, we rounded up our favorite brightly colored and super pigmented blushes, so you can give the look a try.
The Best Bright Blushes to Get the Statement Blush Look
This cream-to-powder blush from Valentino gives you the best of both formulas — it has the lightweight comfort of a sheer cream and the vivid color of a powder. Layer it generously to get the super blush effect and use it on your eyelids, as well, for a monochromatic beauty look.
Infused with camellia oil, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush is specifically formulated for mature skin and won’t cake or dry out like some face makeup. We love the orange-red Marigold shade for a statement-making look.
We can’t get enough cream blush, and this one from Maybelline New York is one of our current faves. It comes in six stunning, buildable shades, but we recommend some of the brighter ones, like Pink Scorch or Berry Flame, for this trend.
Blush doesn’t get much easier to apply than the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick Blush. All you have to do is swipe the shade of your choice on your cheeks and blend with your fingers or a brush. This ultra-pigmented cream formula melts effortlessly into your skin.
The YSL Beauty Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint is perfect for creating a monochromatic makeup look. You can use it on both your cheeks and your lips for a matching effect. Don’t be afraid to apply several layers to really build the color.
This silky-smooth balm gives your skin a warm dose of color in just a swipe or two of your finger. We’re especially into the Brick Red shade option. Apply it liberally to your cheekbones, working the color up towards your temples for a striking orange-tinted look.
The Treslúce Beauty Ready to Bounce Cream Blush has an innovative jelly texture that makes it suitable for both your cheeks and your lips. We can’t wait to try the shade Weekend Vibez, an electric hot pink, on our next girls’ night out.
Our favorite thing about this blush duo might just be the adorable packaging. The Insta-ready heart-shaped compact includes a mirror and two complementary blush shades embossed with the brand’s logo. Blend the shades together or wear them separately depending on what vibe you’re feeling.
If the super rosy cheeked doll-like look is a bit much for you, try the Glossier Cloud Paint, a sheer-finish liquid blush that still comes in fun, vibrant colors. The formula is unbelievably feather-light to the point that you’ll forget you’re even wearing makeup.
The Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Creme & Powder Blush Duo delivers bold color from the powder blush and a luminous finish from the matching cream option. The She’s a Doll colorway, two complementary poppy pinks, is sure to turn heads.