Liquid Blushes to Make You Retire Your Compact

Caitlin S. Miller
blush story Liquid Blushes to Make You Retire Your Compact

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There’s no beating around the bush—blush can be intimidating. Too much and you look sunburned or worse, clown-like. Too little, and well, why even bother? If you’re still intimidated by a little rouge, might we suggest ditching the trouble compact and opting for a liquid formula. Liquid blushes are often times more pigmented, require less product, and are super blendable and buildable. Not only do they give you the pop of color you want, but they also are great for mixing with bronzers, foundations, or BB creams. We’re partial to them because they give a more natural lit-from-within-look. Plus, you really don’t need a brush to apply—your fingers will do just fine! Take a peek at three of the newest and best liquid blush options out there.

merle norman blush Liquid Blushes to Make You Retire Your Compact

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Merle Norman Liquid Blush ($18, Merle Norman stores)

This find might come from an unlikely source, but it’s about the easiest to use blush we’ve come across. Housed in a lip gloss-like container, this liquid blush is applied with a brush tip and is super blendable. The light-weight formula feels smooth on skin and one dab on the apples of the cheeks is all you need for great, natural color. The finish is sheer—almost like a veil of color. No shimmer here, and we kind of love it!

nyc cosmetics demi Liquid Blushes to Make You Retire Your Compact

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NYC New York Color Lovatics by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint ($3,

A true budget find, this liquid lip and cheek color from NYC is just like old-school liquid color you’ve likely seen from other brands in the past. A brush or two is really all you need, as this is super great for anyone looking for a subtle touch of color. The application reminds us of nail polish, so it’s very easy to use. And the pigment is so sheer, there’s no worries about overdoing it!

dandelion dew Liquid Blushes to Make You Retire Your Compact

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Benefit Dandelion Dew Baby Pink Liquid Blush ($28,

For a more gleaming glow, we’re coveting Benefit’s new Dew. This baby pink hue is perfect for faking that radiant glow we all wish we were born with. It’s a creamy and easy to spread and delivers a nice brightening effect any complexion can benefit from.

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