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What did women do to make their cheeks rosey back then?

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Pinches their cheeks, or pricked their hands to draw blood and smeared it on their cheek bones

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They used powders, which though crude by modern standards, were highly advanced for their day. Rosy cheeks can be obtained naturally by healthier lifestyles.

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Red Chapstick

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Rouge was invented by a French chemist in 1927.

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Hi doll. Happy Friday. I am so old fashion I still refer to blush as rouge. You don't know how many times I asked for a particular color rouge and the salesperson had no clue what I was asking for... Enjoy your weekend!
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PS As always, due to your spot on answer, I bestowed a gold star upon you. = )
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I don't know when you mean when you write "back then",so I hope I'm hitting the approximate era you're asking about. I'm imagining about,1550/1860 give or take. there were many kinds of formulations,most commonly used was a talc and reddish orange pigment mixed together.they also used a crude sort lipstick style rouge.that was basically made from a compound of bees wax,refined lard and red powdered pigment. in those days the women that could afford cosmetics usually socialized within the aristocracy. the women of the so-called petit- bourgoise didn't begin to approve of cosmetics until much later,probably sometime in the eighteenth century. and since that era passed we've seen a pendulum kind of approval and disapproval of degrees in what is an acceptable amount of make-up. I hope this answer was of some help.

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Pink-dyed talcum powder, I suppose?

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