The Best Blushes Under $40 That Look GORG On Everyone (From Liquid To Cream)



Monochromatic makeup has made its annual return, and we simply can’t get enough of this trend-defying style. For those who aren’t familiar with it, achieving a monotoned beat is pretty straightforward. In a nutshell, it entails sweeping your blush color from the apples of your cheeks to your lips, lids (and mani too, if you’re that level of extra). Riri, Shay Mitchell, Lizzo, and BIBI are a few celebs who’ve donned the trendy, harmonious flush, and you can easily replicate it as well with a bomb blusher in hand.


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Check out our current fave liquid and cream cheek tints that can double up as gorgeous lid and lip colors to add a rosy tonal touch to your flawless no-makeup makeup glam.

1. Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush, $20

If you wanna look sun-kissed all year round, this is your next treasured secret weapon. Infused with aloe and green tea extract, this tinted balm will leave your cheeks, lids, and lips looking perfectly flushed (and glazed) while delivering a few skin-boosting extras, too. You’ll love ‘golden hour,’ ‘after hour,’ ‘power hour,’ and ‘rush hour’ – sooooo, basically all six shades.

2. Huda Beauty Cheeky Tint Blush Stick, $25


It’s never too late to try blush draping, AKA the technique of applying your blush from your cheekbones to your temples for a sculpted glow. And our buildable blush sticks make it SO easy. When blended, they leave a flush of dewy pigment that feels weightless on the skin while lychee extract and smoothing vitamin E turn up moisture to the max. If you ask us, she’s a #MustHave.

3. Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder Flushed – Matte Color for Cheek & Lip, $25


The internet’s just as obsessed with Danessa’s matte multitaskers as we are. Made for cheeks and lips, the blush balm softens the appearance of pores with an innovative upsalite technology as olive-derived squalane balances oil production. That means no midday blotting! You’ll be pleased to know you can wear ANY of these six shades – yup – no matter your skin tone for a glazed-donut glow. BRB, writing her a thank-you note.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Cream Blush, $32

This newbie from Anastasia Beverly Hills is getting rave reviews for its dreamy soft color varieties and easy-to-use tool. We love it for a swift skin-switch-up when our complexion needs a color boost. For glowy and lifted apples, apply some over the cheekbones in an upward motion, then use their built-in brush to buff out and blur.

5. GloWish Cheeky Vegan Blush Powder, $21


If you’re looking for a powder blush that blends beautifully, look no further. Our velvety formula comes in six beautiful shades that can be built up for a sun-kissed flush or diffused for a soft glam finish. Infused with Damascus rose oil, plant-derived squalene, and shea butter, it nourishes your skin as you blush it out.

6. Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, $22

A pick-me-up in blush form – this is a must-buy for fresh face lovers looking for a skin-lifting tint. You can apply it in two ways, with a brush for more dense and precise layers or with your fingertips for a carefree and effortless flush. Dab some over your clear lip balm, too, just at the center of the lips, for the easiest ombre pout.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow, $40

Lip tint meets cheek tint meets dewy highlighter – this is a staple for the glow-obsessed. In addition to its heavenly pillowy texture, it’s also infused with raspberry leaf stem cell extract and some good old vitamin E, giving your skin both a baby-soft tint and texture.

8. Glossier Cloud Paint, $20

This tiny tube packs one hell of a punch when it comes to pigments – a little really does go a long way with this gem. It offers both sheer and in-your-face coverage depending on your mood and number of layers. And the texture of it glides like literal butter; it’s an airy and bouncy gel-cream formula that makes for easy and seamless blending every time. Keep one in your glove compartment or baby Telfar for quickie touch-ups while you’re on the move.

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