As far as your makeup-bag necessities go, blush might fall low on the list. A swipe of blush across the apples of your cheeks has a timeless appeal, but blush as the focal point of your look probably transports you back to the ’80s. However, after months of sitting inside with bare faces, bold statement blush is trending and the evidence is all around us.
Statement blush looks were seen all over Anna Sui’s Spring 2021 show, seen above, and celebrity makeup artist Ermahn Ospina says diverse blush trends are ranging “from soft monochromatic tones to very highly pigmented hues” both on and off the catwalk. No matter what, he says, the blush is always serving a larger purpose, helping achieve an over-arching desired look.
Ospina feels that statement blush is making a comeback because it’s an all-in-one product that can be used in a variety of ways. “A blush could be used not only on the cheeks but also on the eyelids, and if you are using a cream blush, you may use it on lips to create a fast natural but yet impactful makeup look,” said Ospina.
Celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter says another blush-based trend she’s recently seen is blush “slightly swept through the eye shadow to the temples, and underneath or on top of the cheekbones.”
Whether you play with your blush and apply it in new, trendy ways, or swipe it along your cheekbones in a more traditional form, Linter suggests pursing your lips until you see your cheekbones pop, then applying the blush “higher up along the cheek to give a slight lift to the face.”
To help you hop on this hot trend, we’ve rounded up 19 of the best blushes.
Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42)
This little multitasking stick can replace blush, lipstick, highlighter and eyeshadow in your makeup bag. The dual tips of blush and highlighter give you the tools to create an all-around rosy, luminous look.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm ($40)
The Beauty Light Wand of TikTok fame is a highlight-blush hybrid that looks gorgeous in the light. It adds the perfect amount of rosy color and shimmer to your cheeks.
Beautycounter Cheeky Clean Cream Blush ($42)
Silky, creamy color that’s buildable and comes in a refillable case? Sounds great to us. Beautycounter’s blush also includes ingredients like squalane that are great for your skin and help provide a dewy, smooth finish.
Kosas Color & Light Palette ($34)
This two-in-one palette, featuring blush and highlighter, comes in two options, Dewy Cheek Duo and Cushiony Cheek Duo. The creamy couple goes on smooth and stays on all day.
Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint ($28)
Jillian Dempsey offers an easy to blend, long-lasting color that also helps hydrate your skin. This Cheek Tint will give you the smooth, gorgeous flush of color you’re seeking.
Tata Harper Lovely Vitamin Infused Blush ($42)
This weightless formula brings a dusty pink hue to your cheeks with a satin-like finish. As a bonus, the vitamin-infused product helps defend against environmental aggressors while helping you look fabulous.
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick ($48)
Conveniently packaged and multi-use, this blush stick is a must-have item. It melts into your skin for easily buildable color while infusing moisture for cheeks as smooth as a baby’s.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush ($25)
Packed with plant-derived Phyto-Pigments and age-defying serum technology—this blush doesn’t only look good, it’s also good for your skin. Pick up this product for a healthy, natural-looking flush of pink color.
Doucce Cheek Blush ($28)
With 10 gorgeous shades of matte or shimmer finishes available, you’re spoiled for choice with Doucce’s Cheek Blush. The shades are super buildable, so you can go with a more natural look or opt for a bolder look to be on-trend.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick ($42)
This newly launched blush stick, which comes in five flirty colors, promises long-lasting wear. The skin-smoothing blush can give you a natural flush or a full-blown rosy cheek, depending on how much you apply. Plus, because it’s a creamy formula, it won’t settle into fine lines.
Patrick Ta Major Headlines Blush Palette ($58)
This brand-new trio of blushes can be used individually or together to complement one other and to help you achieve a bigger, bolder cheek color. Using the blushes in tandem helps give a two-dimensional finish that helps this blush stand out.
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20)
Fenty Beauty excels at many things, the most renowned being its extensive shade ranges. This creamy blush comes in 10 colors, and in addition to the standard rosy and red hues popular among blushes, the brand also features tones of orange, brown and purple. The bold colors are sure to make a statement whether you apply them to your cheeks, lips or eyes.
Glossier Cloud Paint ($18)
Glossier’s Cloud Paint has made its rounds on Instagram, and for good reason. Applying this uniquely creamy liquid is super satisfying, taking you right back to the finger-painting days of your youth. When you first apply this blush, it appears very bold, but as you rub it in, it blends beautifully. If you want a louder look, simply apply more.
Freck Beauty Cheekslime Lip and Cheek Tint ($22)
This one-of-a-kind product promises multi-dimensional color that blends well with any skin tone. The formula features liquid plant collagen, making the product good for your skin while also giving gorgeous color. As a two-in-one blush that doubles as a lip tint, it’s a perfect product to keep on hand to shift your look from day to night in a pinch.
COVER FX Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38)
This dynamic duo can be used together or on their own. Each pair features a shimmery and matte finish of the same shade for a buildable, complimentary look. These blushes are richly pigmented and stay put for hours, so they’re sure to pack a punch when you apply them to your cheeks.
Youthforia BYO Blush Color Changing Blush Oil ($36)
Already viral on TikTok, this made-for-you blush oil adjusts to your skin’s pH, which creates a color that is completely unique to you. (Even among those with similar skin tones, the BYO Blush results in a slightly different hue each time.) The revolutionary blush oil has the added bonus of being formulated like skin care, featuring 10 plant-based, antioxidant-packed oils that treat your cheeks.
MERIT Flush Balm ($28)
A creamy balm that’s reminiscent of a crayon, the MERIT Flush Balm melts into your skin and stays put all day. This formula was developed with an esthetician who forbids the use of 72 potentially acne-triggering ingredients, making it a reliable option for those with blemish-prone skin.
Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm $20
With this tinted balm, Tower 28 makes the bold promise of no cakiness and no harsh lines. Plant-based ingredients like green tea extract and aloe vera extract leave your skin feeling better than before. Even better, the six multi-use colors look just as good on your lips as they do on your cheeks.
ILIA Multi-Stick ($34)
ILIA has done it again with this creamy multi-purpose lip and cheek color stick. The formula includes organic sunflower seed oil and shea butter to keep your skin hydrated beneath the layer of color. The depth of color and moisture will leave you glowing.