I don’t ever hear people use the word ‘rouge’ anymore, only blush. The word went out of vogue hard, like the words ‘icebox,’ ‘beeper,’ and my fave, ‘britches.’
When you hear the word rouge, what comes to mind? I think of when I was little and my Grandma Meldrum, with her black eyeliner and ornate gold earrings, would say to my mom, “Chelle, you look pale and sick, go put on some rouge.” She would then pull a compact out of her purse–round and filled with bright pink, cream-based paint. My grandma was never without her rouge. It was flattering on her. I think she’s the reason I don’t feel my make-up is complete without it.
I wanted to write about it because many of my friends don’t include it in their daily palette. It doesn’t seem to have a can’t-live-without status, like mascara or concealer. I even feel like primer (unheard of as mainstream until recently) has a higher place of prominence.
I say give blush the credit its due. It has so many uses. Blush can accentuate high cheekbones, create cheekbones for those with a rounder face, and above all, give a refreshed, alive look. (Why do you think NARS most popular blush for over 10 years is called ‘Orgasm’?)
Here are some tips from the experts.
Do you wear rouge… er… blush? Is it part of your everyday routine?