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The Amazing History of Blush Makeup

juliehewett Admin

Posted on May 22 2016

Blush has prevailed as a makeup necessity since ancient times. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and more. Like all makeup, blush has evolved throughout the years. Gone are the days of smearing berries, fruits, and vegetables on cheeks. Now, blush is easily accessible in stores and online from places like our online cosmetics store, and it now comes in a wide variety of shades and types.

In ancient times, when blush first came to be, women had to be resourceful and make their own. Ancient Egyptians used ground ochre, Greeks used wild, crushed mulberries and alkanet root, Romans used red vermilion. During medieval times and the Elizabethan era, everyone wanted pale white skin with flushed cheeks. The flushed cheeks were created with strawberries and water. During these ancient times, blush was worn by both men and women.

During the 19th century, during Queen Victoria’s reign, makeup hit all time low. Queen Victoria disapproved of makeup, stating it was for prostitutes and actors. There was even a law passed allowing annulment of marriage if the bride wore makeup prior to marriage. Many women still wore blush in private, but it was looked down upon outside the home.

In the 20th century, French companies started producing makeup and the trend grew and became acceptable again. During the 1920 Flapper days, eyes were dark, lips red and cheeks stained with bright red blush. Only now, blush wasn’t made from whatever could be found in the wild. Cream blush, powder blush and liquid blush replaced the old, messy ways.

In the 1930’s, a more natural look was desired by many. Blush was applied over foundation and cheek contouring was becoming more popular. Blush was a lighter color than the dark red of the twenties and covered almost the entire cheek.

In the 1940’s, blush was referred to as rouge and was hard to find during the war. If it was available, it was sold in small, compact cardboard pots. However, due to the shortages as a result of the war, many women used lipstick as blush.

By the 1950’s, cosmetic products were becoming more and more available to housewives. Rosy cheeks were in and blush was applied to the apples of the cheeks. Blush was also used in light shades to highlight and touch up the eyebrows.

Blush is now a common staple in a woman’s cosmetic bag. There was a time when it did not look like blush, or any cosmetic, would be socially acceptable again. However, it prevailed and is now used to highlight our cheeks and complete our look. whether the look you are going for is modern, elegant, casual or natural, blush ties your look together.

If you’re looking for a silky pink flush blush, shop our Bud of Rose Blush today! Thanks for reading 

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