Why is blush even a thing?

March 23, 2018

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People have a lot of questions and concerns surrounding the existence of blush, that pinkish powder millions of women love to dab onto their cheeks.

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In ancient Egypt, ground red ochre was mixed with fat to create a red tint that people would smear on their cheeks.

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Meanwhile, the Romans used red vermilion and the Greeks used crushed mulberries on their cheeks, which stood in stark contrast with their pale faces.

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In the 1700s in Europe, blush began to signify a kind of youthfulness, like a kid running around in a park with plump, pink cheeks.

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Jumping ahead to the 1920s, the product became mainstream as flappers started applying blush.

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In the ’50s, pinups and Marilyn Monroe and housewives alike wore blush.

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Men like David Bowie began to don the beauty product during the 1970s.

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Now, contouring the face with powder in shades of brown rather than pink is popular, although wearing blush isn’t all that rare, either.

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So, here’s to blush, for constantly adapting to trends and the people who love to wear it.

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