HomeThe science of cosmeticsHow Does Make-Up Work?How does blusher work?

In ancient times the Greeks crushed mulberries to add colour, while Victorians pinched their cheeks to make them appear red. Fortunately, scientific developments mean that having blushing red cheeks need not be so painful today.

What is blusher made of?

Traditionally, blusher is usually made of red-coloured talcum-based powder, which has a soft silky texture and can be easily dusted over cheeks. The colouring is often made from safflowers, which have bright yellow, orange or red petals, or carmine, which is a deep red pigment.

Today cream and liquid blushers are also available. All are equally effective at giving you a rosy glow, it is really just personal choice as to which type of application and colour you prefer.

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