Terracotta Blushes Are In: These Are the Ones That Have Our Editors’ Stamp of Approval

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Source: Merit Beauty
Source: Merit Beauty

If you’ve been anywhere near beauty TikTok the past few months, you’ve probably got wind of the fact that terracotta is the it-color to have on your cheeks right now. Though warm blush tones come around each fall, terracotta blushes all over the internet since the springtime, and I have to say, I’ve been stunned by how versatile the shade can be. If you think it’ll just look like a streak of orange on your cheeks, think again; instead, the shade brings a stunning, natural-looking warmth to the complexion. As the seasons change and we all start to lose that healthy summer glow (RIP to my sun-kissed cheeks), there’s no better time than the present to pick up a rusty-toned blush and incorporate it into your makeup routine.

Whether you’re looking to dip your toe into terracotta blush for the first time or are just looking for a new one to add to your collection, we’ve rounded up the best ones available now to fake a sun-kissed glow as our natural ones fade. From cream to powder to putty, these are the terracotta blushes that we’ll be wearing on our cheeks for the foreseeable future.

Dew Blush in ‘Spicy’

The Saie Dew Blush is a staple in my own everyday makeup routine, and their “spicy” shade is the perfect wearable terracotta. For anyone who wants an easy to work with, hydrating cream blush, this is your girl.

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Flush Balm in ‘Terracotta’

If you’re into minimalist beauty, chances are that you know and love anything Merit. This Flush Balm is super easy to apply straight from the stick, no brushes or sponges required, making it perfect for taking on the go.

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Danessa Myricks Beauty
Blurring Balm Powder in ‘Jubilee’

This Danessa Myricks Blurring Balm Powder Blush is a 2023 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner, so you know it’s a standout product. It’s a one-of-a-kind cream formula that blurs the skin and leaves a natural-looking flush, every time.

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Rare Beauty
Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in ‘Love’

You know the deal—Rare Beauty blushes are viral for a reason, and thankfully, Queen Selena sells one in a gorgeous terracotta. This blush is notoriously highly pigmented, meaning you’ll only need to use a small dot in order to achieve a warm, flushed look (and that the tube will last you forever).

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Nudies Cream Blush in ‘Rusty Rouge’

Just because Sofia Richie opted for the “Picante” shade of Nudestix on her wedding day doesn’t mean the “Rusty Rouge” color isn’t just as gorgeous. This blush comes in a a cult-favorite stick formula, so you can blend it with your fingers or stipple it on with a brush.

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Tower 28
Lip + Cheek Cream Blush in ‘Power Hour’

Tower 28 is known for making versatile, multi-use products, and their Lip + Cheek Cream Blush is the star of their lineup. The shade “Power Hour” can be patted onto both cheeks and lips for a warm, monochrome terracotta look.

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Luminous Putty Blush in ‘Belize’

As the name implies, this putty blush from e.l.f. is highly pigmented, yet also hydrating and glowy. Plus, you would be hard-pressed to find a quality cream-to-powder terracotta blush at a better price point.

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Powder Blush in ‘Savage’

This one’s for the powder blush girlies—you can never go wrong with a NARS blush. This shimmery terracotta shade can be worn sheer or built up for a rusty red cheek.

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Patrick Ta
Crème & Powder Blush Duo in ‘She’s Baked’

If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a beauty guru rave about the Patrick Ta blush duo in the past couple of months. This groundbreaking cream-and-powder duo is intended to be applied powder first (you read that right), then topped off with the cream product for a dewy, pigmented cheek that lasts all day.

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Juvia’s Place
Blush Duo in ‘Vol. 1’

Juvia’s Place’s blushes are some of the best we’ve ever tried, and this two-toned palette allows you to create a totally customized terracotta cheek. Use either shade individually, or mix them together for a vibrant, warm look.

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