Makeup has been used since 4000 B.C. to enhance and call attention to certain facial features. Blush, especially, began to be used in the 1800s when women began to put beet juice on their cheeks. This very subtle miracle worker packs a powerful punch in the cosmetics industry. It is very easy to use, is extremely versatile, and quite hard to mess up. Blush can even serve as your go-to on days you may not be feeling like a full face of makeup is necessary.
A simple pink or peach blush goes great with every skin tone and requires only a few swipes from the apples of your cheeks, upward toward your temples. Even on those days where a full face of makeup instantly makes you feel exhausted….just grab your favorite powder blush and swipe some on and your face will instantly look more energized and polished.
My favorite reasoning behind blush comes from Psychology Today’s article about why we really wear makeup:
- A bit of blush. Why does rouge tend to be a staple cosmetic? Perhaps it’s because when women are most sexually viable (during mid-cycle during ovulation) or when they are aroused, they blush more easily. The application of artificial blush may mimic this vascularization, providing a subtle signal of sexual interest or arousal. This is in line with the link established by Elliott and Niesta (2008) between the color red and sex appeal.
- Makeup simply makes you look healthier. Beyond any attractiveness measures, cosmetics may help women create certain favorable social perceptions. Indeed, a recent experiment revealed that women pictured wearing cosmetics were evaluated as healthier, more confident, and even having greater earning potential than the same women wearing no makeup (Nash, Fieldman, Hussey, Leveque, & Pineau, 2003). This suggests that makeup has a potentially useful role in strategic self-presentation.
For a great blush that works practically for every skin tone, try the highly pigmented LimeLight by Alcone Perfect Blush #3 – Possible . This blush compares to NARS Super Orgasm Blush, a highly sought after blush that works for everyone, will save you nearly $10 off retail pricing, and also backs a 30 day money back guarantee. Here are some side by side comparisons. On the Left is NARS Super Orgasm Blush and on the Right, LimeLight by Alcone’s Perfect Blush “Possible”.