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Blush vs. Rouge: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Blush is a cosmetic for adding a pink or reddish tint to the cheeks; rouge historically refers to red-colored makeup for the cheeks.
Blush vs. Rouge

Key Differences

Blush is a makeup product used to add a natural-looking color to the cheeks, often in shades of pink or peach. Rouge, traditionally a red-colored cosmetic, was used to give cheeks a more dramatic, often redder hue.
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Modern blushes come in various formats like powder, cream, and gel, offering subtle enhancement. Rouge, historically, was available in fewer formats and tended to provide a more vivid and noticeable color.
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The term "blush" is more commonly used in contemporary makeup language, signifying a natural, healthy glow. "Rouge" is an older term, often associated with bolder and more theatrical makeup styles.
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Blushes are often formulated with ingredients that benefit the skin, such as minerals and vitamins. Rouges were traditionally made with more basic ingredients and sometimes included cinnabar or carmine for their intense red color.
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The use of blush is generally aimed at mimicking a natural flush, suitable for everyday wear. Rouge, in its traditional form, was more often used in stage makeup or for special occasions, creating a distinct and bold look.
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Comparison Chart

Color Range

Wide range, from pink to peach
Traditionally red shades
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Usage in Modern Makeup

Commonly used today
Less common, more historical
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Intended Effect

Natural, subtle enhancement
Dramatic, noticeable color
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Formulation

Variety, including skin benefits
Traditionally simpler
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Typical Application

Everyday, natural looks
Theatrical, special occasions
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Blush and Rouge Definitions

Blush

A cosmetic to mimic natural cheek coloring.
She applied blush for a fresh-faced look.
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Rouge

Rouge was traditionally a bold makeup choice.
Vintage makeup styles often featured prominent rouge.
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Blush

Blush often comes in powder or cream form.
Her makeup bag always had a compact with blush.
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Rouge

Rouge is less common in modern makeup.
She found a vintage compact with rouge at the antique shop.
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Blush

To become red in the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame; flush.
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Rouge

A red-colored cosmetic for cheek coloring.
She used rouge to add a classic charm to her look.
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Blush

To become red or rosy.
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Rouge

Rouge historically signified theatrical makeup.
Actresses in the 1920s often wore rouge on stage.
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Blush

To feel embarrassed or ashamed
Blushed at his own audacity.
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Rouge

A red or pink cosmetic for coloring the cheeks or lips.
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Blush

A reddening of the face, especially from modesty, embarrassment, or shame.
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Rouge

A reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used to polish metals or glass.
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Blush

A red or rosy color
The blush of dawn.
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Rouge

To put rouge onto
Rouged her cheeks.
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Blush

A glance, look, or view
Thought the painting genuine at first blush.
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Rouge

To color or prettify as if with a facial cosmetic
"Their job is to rouge up the war ... to turn the horror into cheering press releases" (Richard Corliss).
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Blush

Makeup used on the face and especially on the cheekbones to give a usually rosy tint. Also called blusher.
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Rouge

To use rouge.
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Blush

An act of blushing; a red glow on the face caused by shame, modesty, etc.
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Rouge

Of a reddish pink colour.
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Blush

A glow; a flush of colour, especially pink or red.
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Rouge

Red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.
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Blush

(figuratively) Feeling or appearance of optimism.
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Rouge

Any reddish pink colour.
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Blush

A sort of makeup, frequently a powder, used to redden the cheeks.
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Rouge

(Canadian football) A single point awarded when a team kicks the ball out of its opponent's end zone, or when a kicked ball becomes dead within the non-kicking team's end zone. Etymology uncertain; it is thought that in the early years of the sport, a red flag indicated that a single had been scored. (This scoring term is not often used in Canada, with the term single being more commonly used.)
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Blush

A color between pink and cream.
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Rouge

(obsolete) In the Eton wall game, a scrummage, melée.
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Blush

A pale pink wine made by removing the dark grape skins at the required point during fermentation.
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Rouge

In the Eton College field game, a scoring move accomplished by touching the ball down behind the opponents' goal-line (somewhat similar to the try in rugby). Originally, the player who scored the rouge had a chance to kick a goal, and the rouge was used as a tie-breaker if an equal number of goals was scored by each side. In the contemporary Eton College field game, a five-point score is awarded for kicking the ball so that it deflects off one of the opposing players and goes beyond the opposition's end of the pitch, and then touching the ball.
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Blush

The collective noun for a group of boys.
A blush of boys.
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Rouge

(obsolete) From 1862 to 1868, a similar scoring move in Sheffield rules football. From 1862 to 1867, accomplished by touching the ball down after it had been kicked between two "rouge flags" either side of the goal. From 1867-1868, awarded for kicking the ball between the rouge flags and under the crossbar.
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Blush

(intransitive) To become red in the face (and sometimes experience an associated feeling of warmth), especially due to shyness, shame, excitement, or embarrassment.
The love scene made him blush to the roots of his hair / to the tips of his ears.
He wasn't used to this much attention, so he blushed as he saw dozens of pairs of eyes watching him.
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Rouge

A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide, used in polishing and as a cosmetic; crocus; jeweller's rouge.
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Blush

To be ashamed or embarrassed (to do something).
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Rouge

(ambitransitive) To apply rouge (makeup).
She rouged her face before setting out for the party.
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Blush

(intransitive) To become red.
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Rouge

Red.
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Blush

(transitive) To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make rosy.
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Rouge

A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide. It is used in polishing glass, metal, or gems, and as a cosmetic, etc. Called also crocus, jeweler's rouge, etc.
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Blush

(copulative) To change skin color in the face (to a particular shade).
When he saw it, he blushed a beet red.
I wasn't surprised, but it was embarrassing enough that I blushed a little pink.
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Rouge

A cosmetic used for giving a red color to the cheeks or lips. The best is prepared from the dried flowers of the safflower, but it is often made from carmine.
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Blush

(transitive) To express or make known by blushing.
Looking at me with a knowing glare, she blushed her discomfort with the situation.
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Rouge

To paint the face or cheeks with rouge.
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Blush

(intransitive) To have a warm and delicate colour, like some roses and other flowers.
The garden was full of blossoms that blushed in myriad shades to form a beautiful carpet of color.
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Rouge

To tint with rouge; as, to rouge the face or the cheeks.
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Blush

To glance with the eye, cast a glance.
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Rouge

Makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks
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Blush

Of dope or varnish: to develop an undesirable white precipitate on the surface, due to being applied in humid conditions.
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Rouge

Redden by applying rouge to;
She rouged her cheeks
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Blush

To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face.
To the nuptial bowerI led her blushing like the morn.
In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush.
He would strokeThe head of modest and ingenuous worth,That blushed at its own praise.
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Rouge

Rouge gives a more dramatic cheek color.
For the evening event, she chose a deep rouge.
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Blush

To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.
The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set,But stayed, and made the western welkin blush.
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Blush

To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.
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Blush

To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.
To blush and beautify the cheek again.
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Blush

To express or make known by blushing.
I'll blush you thanks.
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Blush

A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.
The rosy blush of love.
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Blush

A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.
Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills.
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Blush

A rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
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Blush

Sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
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Blush

Turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame;
The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by
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Blush

Become rosy or reddish;
Her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air
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Blush

Blush is used for a subtle cheek tint.
A light sweep of blush was enough for her day look.
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Blush

Blush colors vary from light pink to peach.
She preferred peach blush for her warm skin tone.
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Blush

Blush enhances the cheeks' natural glow.
Adding blush gave her face a healthy radiance.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can rouge be used for a natural look?

Historically, it was more for bold looks, but modern formulations can be subtle.
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What is blush used for?

To add a natural tint to cheeks, mimicking a healthy glow.
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What was rouge traditionally used for?

To give cheeks a dramatic, often red hue.
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Is blush suitable for daily wear?

Yes, it's designed for a subtle, everyday look.
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Are blushes skin-friendly?

Many contain skin-benefiting ingredients.
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Do men use blush?

Yes, it's becoming more common in men's makeup.
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What are common blush formats?

Powder, cream, and gel.
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Is rouge associated with a specific era?

Often with the early 20th century and vintage makeup.
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Are there natural blushes?

Yes, many brands offer natural or organic blushes.
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Did rouge have other uses historically?

It was sometimes used on lips or even cheeks for a unified look.
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Is rouge still popular?

It's less common now, often replaced by modern blushes.
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Can blush be used for contouring?

It's primarily for adding color, but can complement contouring.
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Is blush available in various shades?

Yes, from light pinks to deeper tones.
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Was rouge always red?

Traditionally, yes, primarily in varying shades of red.
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Did historical rouge have harmful ingredients?

Some old formulations contained cinnabar or carmine.
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Was rouge used in theater makeup?

Yes, especially for dramatic effects.
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Is rouge still made with traditional ingredients?

Modern rouges have evolved with safer, more diverse ingredients.
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How has rouge evolved over time?

Modern versions are more versatile and less intensely pigmented.
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Can blush be used on all skin types?

Yes, with various formulas suitable for different skin types.
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Can blush be layered?

Yes, for more intensity or custom colors.
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