Have you ever felt your face get hot and noticed that your cheeks got pink when you were embarrassed or shy? That’s called blushing, and just about everybody does it from time to time! Blushing is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. This is the same bodily system that controls the panic ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Blushing is an involuntary reaction, which means your body does it without you even thinking about it. You can thank a hormone called adrenaline.
While being shy or embarrassed and thereby blushing isn’t preferred, the rosy glow that blushing puts on your cheeks has been greatly admired for centuries. The answer? Cosmetics, of course. One can obtain the same pretty glow to their cheeks through makeup using blush or rouge, without the agony of the embarrassment to getting a natural blush!
Cosmetics are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face and hair. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being derived from natural sources such as coconut oil and some being synthetics (man made ingredients).
Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush or rouge is a type of cosmetic put on the cheeks, usually in red, pink or orange tones. Blush comes in both powder and cream forms. Blush was first used by Egyptians in 3000 BC. In the 1800s, wearing cosmetics made people think a woman had bad character, so people would pinch their cheeks to make them red. Ah, what true fashion divas go through for glamour!
Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush/rouge was used in ancient Egypt. In addition to being applied to the cheeks, blush was also applied to the lips, the way lipstick is used today. In some times and places, such as the English Regency, both men and women wore blush. Various substances have been used as blush. In ancient Greece, crushed mulberries were favored, while red beet juice, crushed strawberries and red amaranth have also been used.
Modern blush/rouge generally consists of red-colored talcum based powder that is applied with a brush or makeup sponge to the cheeks. The coloring is usually either the substance of safflor (the petals of safflower) or a solution of carmine in ammonium hydroxide and rosewater perfumed with rose oil.
A brush of blush for rosy rouged cheeks!
Popular Types of Blush/Rouge:
- Pressed Powder: The majority of blushes found in drugstores or high-end stores are in the form of pressed powder. These work well for oily skin. Pressed powder blushes last long on the skin, are easily blended and very buildable.
- Cream: Cream blushes usually come in a short, round container, much like lip balm or solid perfume. These blushes are best suited for people with dry skin.
- Mineral Baked: Mineral baked blushes are made from a liquid that is baked into solid form. Mineral baked powder is very sheer when applied, but it is buildable and can be a perfect choice for someone who is going for a more flushed, natural look.
Preferred Blush/Rouge Brushes and Applicators:
- Flat Brush: The type of brush included with may purchased blushes. This brush is used to achieve a more dramatic look, as this type of brush is not well suited for blending.
- Fluffy Brush: Suitable for dispersing the color of the blush, creating a natural flushed look.
- Pancake Sponge Pad: This type of applicator is found with many talcum and translucent face powders.
- Stippling Brush: Suitable for softening the harsh lines and blending together blush, bronzer and highlighter. The stippling brush works well for applying cream blush.
Your glowing rosy cheeks look stunning and bold, not wallflower and meek! Cosmetic truth be told!
In addition to blush, common cosmetics include lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, concealer, skin cleansers, skin lotions, shampoo, cream rinse, hairstyling products, perfume and cologne.
The cosmetics list is long…the glamour, allure and defining of cosmetics is gorgeous and strong!
Cosmetics Fun Fact: In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics/makeup, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Make no mistake…when applied to perfection, makeup takes the cake!
The miracle of blush? It reddens the cheeks, defines the cheekbones and adds to a healthy, youthful appearance!
“I’d tell you that your rosy, high cheekbones look divine but that might make you blush.”
“I take a well deserved compliment with style. If you like my glow you don’t need to stay hushed.”
“Are your rosy cheeks natural or is a slight touch of blush swiped on your face?”
“A true fashion diva never tells her secrets. It adds to her appeal and grace.”
“Whether natural or cosmetic, your pink, defined cheeks truly stand out.”
“And that, my dear, is what cosmetics, makeup and blush is all about.”
Blush/Rouge: Excellent for the shimmery, rosy, perky, happy cheekbone attitude!
Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com