When you think “cheek stain,” you probably think “Benefit Benetint.” But not all the best cheek stains share the viscous-liquid consistency that Benetint made famous. Ahead, you’ll find some tints that lean more gel, cream, balm, or even serum; but no matter their formulation, they all impart a weightless, natural flush that’ll make you look a little more rejuvenated.
Other than that Austen heroine-esque blush, stains are probably best known for their versatility: Any of these pigments work just as beautifully on your lips as they do your cheeks, and those with thicker consistencies can be used as creamy eyeshadows. What these stains are not necessarily known for, however, is their ease of use. If you’re finding the application process a little unwieldy, blend out the stain with a makeup sponge rather than your fingers. Make sure your skin is well moisturized pre-application, too, so the pigment doesn’t get streaky or resist blending.
Scroll on to shop five of the best cheek tints and stains, depending on your preferred texture and finish.
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