Finding the right blush presents a bit of a Goldilocks situation. It used to be powder versus cream, but recently, liquid blush has become a major contender. And while “all three formulas are fantastic,” according to celebrity makeup artist Min Min Ma, “liquid blushes last longer on the skin and [leave] a stained glow-from-within look.” Even better, they’re incredibly versatile. Ma says liquid blushes are “especially great for someone on the go who doesn’t want to touch up their makeup throughout the day, during warm and humid weather, and for oily or combination skin.”
These blush formulas are unique in that they’re also versatile in how you apply them. “You can use it on top of your foundation or underneath, directly onto moisturized skin,” explains Ma, adding, “the latter creates more of a subtle effect.” Depending on the formula, you may only need a teeny bit for maximum results, too. “To apply, simply apply two to three tiny dots on the apples and high bones of your cheeks, and blend it into the skin with your fingertip,” explains the makeup artist.
Ready to find your just-right blush? Here are 16 formulas to consider for a natural, long-lasting look you’ll absolutely love.
1. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
Slightly NSFW origin story alert: First invented back in the ’70s to help make dancers’ nipples stand out in the company’s hometown of San Francisco (the more you know!), this lip-and-cheek stain remains a cult favorite to this day.
When it comes to liquid blushes, there are two time periods: BCP (before Cloud Paint) and ACP (after Cloud Paint). Each of the eight super-creamy hues lends a perfectly lit-from-within glow, and the buildable color makes them completely foolproof.
Camila Coelho’s makeup line isn’t your run-of-the-mill influencer venture. This buildable lip-and-cheek tint is the prettiest universal red and contains moisturizing coconut water and prickly pear extract.