Creative Blush Substitutes – What To Use Instead Of Blush

Just a touch of blush can add a youthful, healthy glow that truly transforms your look. But what do you do when you’re nearing the end of your glam only to find that you’re out of blush? Don’t panic – you can still achieve that rosy-cheeked look with these genius blush alternatives. Here’s what to use instead of blush when you’re in a pinch. 

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What To Use Instead Of Blush

Blush brightens dull complexions, adds a youthful flush of color to the cheeks, and provides the perfect finishing touch to your makeup. But how can you achieve a youthful, glowing complexion sans blush? Easy. Here’s what to use instead of blush.

Use Lipstick

Lipsticks aren’t only for your lips. In fact, they make for an incredible blush substitute that may even look better than the real thing.

The key to using your lipstick as a blush is choosing a lipstick with the right consistency. You want to opt for a creamy, velvety lipstick, so it blends in seamlessly with your skin. If your lipstick is matte, it will lead to your skin looking chalky and flaky, and we certainly don’t want that. 

Lipsticks in red, pink, or even orange make for the perfect blush alternative. Apply a dab of color to the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers or beauty blender. Start with a small amount and apply more if needed. The best part about using lipstick as a blush is that it stays in place all day long. 

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Try Using Eye Shadow

When you’re searching through your makeup bag, wondering what to use instead of blush, eye shadow may come to mind. And you’re right – eye shadow is a wonderful alternative to blush. (As long you’ve got the right shade, of course.)

Like lipstick, both formula and shade are important when choosing an eyeshadow to use in place of blush. You’ll want to look for an eyeshadow that is a satin or matte finish. Eyeshadows with glitter or shimmer aren’t the best pick for blush as they’ll look a little OTT. (But, if you find yourself in need of a highlighter, shimmer eyeshadows are the perfect alternative!)

Eyeshadows in pinks, peaches, and reds are all great options for adding a youthful glow to your glam. Grab your blush brush and swipe it over your eyeshadow. Tap off any excess and apply a small amount to your cheeks. Your eyeshadow is likely to be more pigmented than blush, so make sure not to overdo it.

Make Your Own Natural Blush

Did you know that you can make your own blush at home? And it may be better for your skin than your traditional makeup products. 

Whether you need a blush ASAP or you want to ditch those chemical-ridden cosmetics, this beetroot blush hack has got you covered. Yes – beetroot!

Here’s how you can make your own natural blush right at home. 

Beetroot Blush Powder Recipe

You’ll Need:


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of blush to your loose powder container.
  2. Add half a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to your blush at a time until you’ve reached your desired color. The more arrowroot powder you add, the lighter your blush will be. 
  3. Combine, and you’ve got your very own homemade blush! Apply your blush with a brush or with your fingers. 

This beetroot blush powder couldn’t be simpler to make. And with no chemicals, preservatives, or any harmful ingredients, you can actually feel good about wearing this on your skin.

Run out of eyeshadow? This beetroot blush makes for the perfect substitute. 

The BEST Blushes On The Market Right Now

If you’re out of blush, chances are, you’ll need to go shopping for a new one sooner or later. To save you time and money, we’ve put together a list of our absolute favorite blushes.

The Best Powder Blush – Nars Blush in ORGASM 

If you know, you know. This Nars blush in shade Orgasm is the best powder blush, ever. 

It stays on all day and provides a natural, youthful glow like no other. Wear it with or without foundation, and it will bring your complexion to life. 

The Best Cream Blush – e.l.f. Putty Blush 

Not only is this blush super affordable, but it packs a heavy pigment punch better than some of its high-end competitors.

The formula is silky smooth, and it melts into your skin for a natural glow. And as always, e.l.f scores bonus points as all of their products are cruelty-free and vegan. 

The Best Liquid Blush – Glossier Cloud Paint

Glossier came and took the world by storm with their products that provide a “no-makeup-makeup-look.” And their cloud paint is no exception.

This fan-fave is highly pigmented and packed with blurring pigments that conceal pores to provide a smooth finish. The result looks so natural no one will know you’re wearing makeup.

The Best Stick Blush – Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek 

Some days you just want to swipe on your blush and head out the door. Well, this stick blush by Milk Makeup allows you to do exactly that as it looks divine on foundation-free skin. 

The formula is creamy, hydrating, and settles into your skin perfectly without highlighting fine lines and pores. The best part is, this blush doubles as a lip tint. We love a multitasking beauty product. 

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