Sunset Blush: The Makeup Trend for the Perfect Golden Hour Glow

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Summer is finally here and if there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s color. Unless you’ve been buried in the sand so far this beach season, you’ve probably seen sunset blush take over your For You page. This super easy beauty trend has been taking the internet by storm, and we can’t get enough of the natural golden-hour glow these gradient flush looks have.

Featured Experts

  • Natalie Dresher is a Miami-based makeup artist
  • Jeannia Robinette is a celebrity makeup artist

What Is Sunset Blush?

Trying to capture a sunset might sound intimidating, but the basics of this trend are actually pretty simple.

“This is a huge trend on TikTok right now,” explains celebrity makeup artist Jeannia Robinette. “And I love how creative and colorful it is! All you need is two corresponding shades of blush—I love blending a bright pink with a blush that has more orange tones—and a highlighter.”

Sounds simple enough! Just pick your favorite tones in your favorite powder or cream formula and get blending!

According to Robinette, it’s the combination of lush pink and striking orange that creates the gradient that sunset blush is known for. But it’s the little added pop of highlighter that takes this look to the next level.


If only i was at the beach rn 🥲

♬ original sound – Alissajanay

How to Get the Look

“My favorite way to get the sunset blush look is to apply three different variants of blush on my cheek bone in a dot formation,” explains makeup artist Natalie Dresher. “My favorite combo right now is Valentino Liquirosso Soft Matte Liquid Blush & Lipstick ($40) in shades See You Later, Pink is Punk, Catch Me If You Can (currently out of stock) applied from hairline to apples of the cheek in that order.”

You can experiment with placement and place your orangier tones in the apples of your cheeks or near your hairline, depending on how your want your gradient to unfold. Just be careful not to use too much product!

“The gradient of peach toned, to bright pink, to a more muted tone will give the perfect sunset-esque blush,” Dresher says. “The key to making it look super gradient and blended is making sure to use a minimal amount of blush for each dot since liquid blushes (especially this formula!) tend to be very pigmented!”

Sunset Blush Must-Haves

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Flower Knows Midsummer Fairytales Velvet Embossed Blush ($26)

This gorgeously delicate powder blush comes in a radiant soft-focus apricot and soft pink that can easily take over the orange-and-peach sunset tones this trend requires.

“Flower Knows is one of the most exciting lines I’ve seen in recent years,” says Jeannia Robinette. “Each product in the line is a conversation piece—just holding a compact immediately makes you feel girly and pretty.”

sunset blush

Shades to Try

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo Liquid Blush($7)

Responsible for the high-impact color combo in the viral TikTok above, this affordable and super pigmented liquid blush comes in nine shades to give you your perfect summer sunset.

elf liquid blush peach
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Valentino Liquirosso Soft Matte Liquid Blush & Lipstick ($40)

Dresher recommends this ultra rich and hydrating multi-use blush and lipstick for its super lightweight finish and color-boosting pearls. Radiant and super buildable, the peony extract formula provides long-wear comfort for all day wear.


Shades to Try

See You Later, Pink is Punk, and Catch Me If You Can

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Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Island Glow Lip & Cheek ($40)

Created with a sun-blushed glow in mind, the Island Glow Lip & Cheek is the perfect way to get a kiss from the sun without the damaging UV. The healthy-looking flush provides the ideal glow for the sunset blush trend.

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DIBS Beauty The Duet: Baked Blush Duo ($34)

Get sunset blush in seconds with this all-in-one blush, topper, and highlighter. Hydrating jojoba and macadamia oils nourish skin in this blurring talc-free baked formula that finishes with that perfect golden hour glow.

sunset blush

Shades to Try

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Haus Labs Bio-Radiant Gel-Powder Highlighter ($40)

This multi-chromatic highlighter is like a sunset blush in just one product, combining soft-focus pigment with light-catching shimmer for a high-impact glow.

sunset blush

Shades to Try

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Revolution Beauty Beam Bright Highlighter ($12)

You get the sunset glow by adding the perfect highlighter, and this Bethenny Frankel favorite is ideal for its gorgeous shimmer and affordable price.


Shades to Try

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