Blush has been used since ancient times as a means of trying to show a healthy and youthful color. 

The first recorded use of a product/ointment used on the cheeks for beautification dates back to the Egyptians Pharaohs who rubbed their faces with a special potion to give light yellow tint on darker skins.

It then became popular in ancient Greece, where women whitened their complexion with chalk or lead face powder (a deadly concotion, leading to many a death as a result of poisoning), and then painted their cheeks with a paste made from crushed seeds and berries. This look was a sign of the wealthy elite.

The use of blush fell out of favour during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who made piercing red lips and ghostly white faces fashionable. 

After the French Revolution applying make-up was seen as extravagant and  associated with women of low morals and indecent behaviour.

Later on, during the Regency period, both men and women used blush.This was a time where men were colourfully dressed , made up and called ‘ Dandies’.

Rouge originated as a thick paste, and was made from a range of things: from strawberries, red fruits,  and vegetable juices, to the powder of finely crushed ochre.

 In ancient Greece it was common parctice to use talcum-based powder  as we use today, the colouring of which was often derived from the petals of the safflower.

Middle English blusshen, from Old English blyscan to redden; akin to Old English blȳsa flame, Old High German bluhhen to burn brightly

In many countries  ‘Blush/er’  is still known by it’s victorian era name of ‘Rouge’  the French word – rouge meaning ‘ red’.

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