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Have you ever felt your face get hot and noticed that your cheeks got pink when you were embarrassed or shy? That’s called blushing, and just about everybody does it from time to time! Blushing is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. This is the same bodily system that controls the panic ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Blushing is an involuntary reaction, which means your body does it without you even thinking about it. You can thank a hormone called adrenaline.
While being shy or embarrassed and thereby blushing isn’t preferred, the rosy glow that blushing puts on your cheeks has been greatly admired for centuries. The answer? Cosmetics, of course. One can obtain the same pretty glow to their cheeks through makeup using blush or rouge, without the agony of the embarrassment to getting a natural blush!
Ah, the never ending joys of makeup!

Portrait of a pretty woman with an expressive emotion


Cosmetics are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face and hair. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being derived from natural sources such as coconut oil and some being synthetics (man made ingredients).
Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush or rouge is a type of cosmetic put on the cheeks, usually in red, pink or orange tones. Blush comes in both powder and cream forms. Blush was first used by Egyptians in 3000 BC. In the 1800s, wearing cosmetics made people think a woman had bad character, so people would pinch their cheeks to make them red. Ah, what true fashion divas go through for glamour!

Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush/rouge was used in ancient Egypt. In addition to being applied to the cheeks, blush was also applied to the lips, the way lipstick is used today. In some times and places, such as the English Regency, both men and women wore blush. Various substances have been used as blush. In ancient Greece, crushed mulberries were favored, while red beet juice, crushed strawberries and red amaranth have also been used.
Modern blush/rouge generally consists of red-colored talcum based powder that is applied with a brush or makeup sponge to the cheeks. The coloring is usually either the substance of safflor (the petals of safflower) or a solution of carmine in ammonium hydroxide and rosewater perfumed with rose oil.
A brush of blush for rosy rouged cheeks!


Popular Types of Blush/Rouge:

  1. Pressed Powder: The majority of blushes found in drugstores or high-end stores are in the form of pressed powder. These work well for oily skin. Pressed powder blushes last long on the skin, are easily blended and very buildable.
  2. Cream: Cream blushes usually come in a short, round container, much like lip balm or solid perfume. These blushes are best suited for people with dry skin.
  3. Mineral Baked: Mineral baked blushes are made from a liquid that is baked into solid form. Mineral baked powder is very sheer when applied, but it is buildable and can be a perfect choice for someone who is going for a more flushed, natural look.



Preferred Blush/Rouge Brushes and Applicators:

  1. Flat Brush: The type of brush included with may purchased blushes. This brush is used to achieve a more dramatic look, as this type of brush is not well suited for blending.
  2. Fluffy Brush: Suitable for dispersing the color of the blush, creating a natural flushed look.
  3. Pancake Sponge Pad: This type of applicator is found with many talcum and translucent face powders.
  4. Stippling Brush: Suitable for softening the harsh lines and blending together blush, bronzer and highlighter. The stippling brush works well for applying cream blush.

Your glowing rosy cheeks look stunning and bold, not wallflower and meek! Cosmetic truth be told!


In addition to blush, common cosmetics include lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, concealer, skin cleansers, skin lotions, shampoo, cream rinse, hairstyling products, perfume and cologne.
The cosmetics list is long…the glamour, allure and defining of cosmetics is gorgeous and strong!

Cosmetics Fun Fact: In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics/makeup, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Make no mistake…when applied to perfection, makeup takes the cake!

The miracle of blush? It reddens the cheeks, defines the cheekbones and adds to a healthy, youthful appearance!
“I’d tell you that your rosy, high cheekbones look divine but that might make you blush.”
“I take a well deserved compliment with style. If you like my glow you don’t need to stay hushed.”
“Are your rosy cheeks natural or is a slight touch of blush swiped on your face?”
“A true fashion diva never tells her secrets. It adds to her appeal and grace.”
“Whether natural or cosmetic, your pink, defined cheeks truly stand out.”
“And that, my dear, is what cosmetics, makeup and blush is all about.”
Blush/Rouge: Excellent for the shimmery, rosy, perky, happy cheekbone attitude!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com
 
 

Fall (autumn) is in the air, which means cooler temperatures, pumpkins, colorful leaves and beautiful blooming summer flowers will be going away. So, how do you keep the sunshine, summer, flower spirit in fall? By dressing in fabulous fall floral prints.
Fall is one of the four temperature seasons. Fall marks the transition from summer to winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere), when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and temperatures cool down considerably. One of the main features of fall is the shedding of leaves from various trees.

Floral prints look summery, airy, whimsical and light, bringing pure sunshine and joy to the wearer, much like when you receive a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Flower Fun Fact: A flower, sometimes known as a blossom, is the reproductive structure found in plants that are floral. The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. In addition to facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by humans to bring beauty to their environment.


Global Symbolism of Flowers:

  1. Romance
  2. Ritual
  3. Religion
  4. Medicine
  5. Clothing
  6. Food Source

Romantic floral prints for fall fashion!


Common Types of Flowers:

  1. Rose
  2. Daisy
  3. Lily
  4. Petunia
  5. Orchid
  6. Tulip
  7. Carnation
  8. Bird of Paradise

Floral printed garments tend to look romantic. Although flowered prints work perfect for summer, floral print garments make a grand appearance through every season!
When should I dress in floral prints? Always!
To dress in floral prints, when is the best season? Winter, spring, summer and fall, and you don’t need a reason!

Floral Design Fun Fact: Floral design, or flower arrangement, is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of Ancient Egypt. Professionally designed floral arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color. The principles of floral design include balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony and unity.
When flowers are printed on your pantsuit or your dress, whether the flowers are balanced or mixed and muted, you’ll stand out from all the rest!


In addition to floral prints and flower arrangements, floral design includes making wreaths, nosegays, garlands, festoons, corsages, boutonnieres and bows.
There are many styles of floral prints. The Eastern, Western and European styles have all influenced the commercial floral industry as it is today. Floral printed clothes can be characterized by symmetrical, asymmetrical, horizontal and vertical designs and floral placements.


Hour by hour and day by day, flower power clothing is here to stay!
“You’re a sight for sore eyes in your colorful floral pantsuit, so gorgeous and bright!”
“Yes, I want to hang on to the summer flowers, so if I wear them I might!”
“The mix of roses, carnations and daisies on the sleeves looks simply divine.”
“I’m impressed you know your flowers so well. I find that truly sublime.”
“So the fact that I admire fashion and know my flowers impresses you?”
“It seems we think alike. We’d probably get along splendidly, us two.”
Floral Prints: Romantic and whimsical…airy and light. Try it, you’ll like it…and feel fashion right!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com
 
 
 
 

Who said tuxedo suits are only for men? Not me, and certainly not the styling women who wear them! Women’s tuxedo suits are classy, elegant and comfortable.
A tuxedo (American English) also known as a dinner jacket (British English), or simply a dinner suit, is a semi-formal evening suit distinguished primarily by satin or grosgrain facings on the jacket’s lapels and buttons, and a similar stripe along the out seam of the pants.
Most tuxedos are black or midnight blue and worn with a formal shirt, top or blouse, although women’s tuxedos in other colors look smashing!


Tuxedo Fun Fact: Tuxedo in the form of menswear originated in the United States around 1888. It was named after Tuxedo Park, a Hudson Valley enclave for New York’s social elite, where it was often seen in its early years. The term was capitalized until the 1930s and at first referred only to the jacket. When the jacket was later paired with its own unique pants and accessories in the 1900s, the term began to be associated with the entire suit.
Complete Tuxedo Garments Include:

  1. Jacket, Coat or Blazer
  2. Trousers or Slacks
  3. Blouse or Top
  4. Tie or Bow Tie
  5. Rocking High Heels
  6. Accessories
  7. Clutch Bag



Tuxedo Fun Fact: The most popular uses of the tuxedo in the United States at present are for formal weddings, galas, dances, formal proms and formal nights on cruise ships. In these circumstances, the tuxedo’s styling and accessories are most commonly chosen according to the wearer’s tastes.
The tuxedo’s accompaniments have evolved over time. The most traditional interpretation of these elements – formal shirt, formal low cut waistcoat, black bow tie, formal shoes – is incorporated in the black tie dress code.
Be a woman of the town whether you are dressed in a elegant tuxedo suit or a glamorous evening gown!



Women’s pantsuits were introduced in the 1920s, when a small number of women adopted a masculine style, including pantsuits, hats, canes and monocles. However, the term “trouser suit” had been used in Britain during the First World War, with reference to women working in heavy industry. During the 1960s, pantsuits for women became increasingly widespread.
The earliest tuxedo jackets were of the same black material as the dress coat with one, two or no buttons, and a shawl collar faced in satin or ribbed silk. By the turn of the twentieth century, the peaked lapel was equally popular and the one-button model had become standard.

Tuxedo Fun Fact: When tuxedo pants are sold with the dinner jacket, they are the same material. The first tuxedos tended to be black or gray. By World War I, the gray option had fallen out of favor, and midnight blue became an increasingly popular color choice. Notch lapels, imported from the ordinary business suit, were in vogue in the 1920s.
Feminine high fashion in a tasteful tuxedo suit!

Nancy Mangano’s Tuxedo Fashion Tip: Women look sensual and gorgeous in tuxedo suits, and pull the masculine garment into a feminine vibe! Whether you prefer to wear a satin or ruffled blouse under the jacket, or no blouse at all, tuxedo suits give off the fashion effect of classy and confident!


Long diamond earrings and diamond chokers are fabulous accessories to complement your radiant tuxedo suit. Not one to wear real diamonds? Go with the costume jewelry rhinestone look! Just as exquisite with minimal cost!
Although the tuxedo is a form of evening wear, a true glamour girl dresses to her preference. Tuxedo suits work just as well for bridal brunches, speaking engagements or merely to strut your stuff through a mall!
Tuxedo suits work for every woman, one and all!

Tuxedo Fun Fact: ‘Dinner Jacket’ in the context of menswear first appeared in England around 1887 and in the United States around 1889. In the 1960s, ‘dinner jacket’ became associated in the United States with white or color jackets specifically.
“Man oh man, what a feminine suit wearing woman you are!”
“I rock in my tuxedo suit whether you see me up close or from afar!”
“I love the silk jacket with the soft silk pants. Your velvet tie pulls it all together.”
“My five inch patent leather heels and my ruby jewelry makes the suit look like ‘for her’.”
“I was planning on wearing an evening gown to the theater tomorrow night.”
“I highly suggest a knock-out tuxedo suit. Chic, gorgeous, darling…a beautiful sight!”
Tuxedo Suit: Turn heads in a feminine tuxedo suit. You’ll be glad that you did!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com
 
 
 
 
 

Some days you look in the mirror and you feel your face just needs a change. Nothing permanent, nothing drastic. Simply a different look. The cure? Change up the colors of your normal makeup routine.
When you look at someone’s face, you notice the eyes first and then the lips. Or, you see an overall look that stands out. In order that your face looks inviting, symmetrical and appealing, there are certain shades of eye shadows that match and complement your lipstick colors beautifully!
I would like to share my ideal eye shadow and lipstick color combinations that I feel best brings out the fine features of your face!

Perfect Eye Shadow and Lipstick Color Combinations for a Flawless, Fantastic Face:

  1. Blue eye shadows and pink lipsticks/lip glosses
  2. Brown eye shadows and coral/orange lipsticks/lip glosses
  3. Purple eye shadows and purple/lavender lipsticks/lip glosses
  4. Green eye shadows and nude lipsticks/lip glosses
  5. Gold eye shadows and red lipsticks/lip glosses

Cosmetics have been around for thousands of years. Egyptian men and women used makeup to enhance their appearance. They were very fond of eyeliner and eye shadows in dark colors including blue, red and black. Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago.


Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow is commonly used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out and look more attractive. Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply draw attention to the eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures and is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream and mousse form.
Lipstick Fun Fact: Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips. Many colors and types of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup, lipstick is typically, but not exclusively, worn by women. Some lipsticks are also lip balms, to add color and hydration.
For a lipstick that looks dry and sultry, go with a matte lipstick. For lips that shimmer and shine with a wet look, go with a lip gloss.

Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways, depending upon the desired look and formulation. Typically application is done using fingers and brushes. Lipstick is generally applied with a brush or through a tube.

Color Fun Fact: There is no denying that colors on the face bring out warmth, beauty, and simply radiate. Color is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, blue, yellow, green, orange and purple. This perception of color derives from the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye by electromagnetic radiation in the spectrum of light. Color categories and physical specifications of color are associated with objects through the wavelength of the light that is reflected from them. This reflection is governed by the object’s physical properties such as light absorption, emission spectra, etc.

Cosmetics Fun Fact: In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.” This broad definition includes any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic/makeup product. The FDA specifically excludes soap from this category.
Perfect eye shadow and lipstick color combos to cure the makeup woes!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Many people use eye shadow simply to improve their appearance, but it is also commonly used in theatre and plays, to create a memorable look, with bright colors. Depending on skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. Common ingredients in eye shadows consist of talc, mica, sericite, magnesium stearate, colorants and preservatives.
Lipstick Fun Fact: Throughout the early 20th century, lipstick came in a limited number of shades. Dark red was one of the most popular shades throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to create a variety of lipstick shades. By the 1970s, a number of cosmetic companies introduced lipsticks in more unusual colors such as light blue, frosted lime green and silver sparked navy blue. Black lipsticks became popular in the late 1970s and into the 1990s. Today? You can typically find most any color of your choice at cosmetic lipstick counters!

In addition to eye shadows and lipsticks, common cosmetics include mascara, eyeliner, foundation, blush/rouge, skin cleansers, skin lotions, shampoo, hairstyling products (gel, hair spray, etc.) perfume and cologne.
Women and all true fashion divas love their makeup! Make no mistake about it! Makeup creates the ‘wow factor’, a definite hit!

No matter the color of your eyes, the shape or the size, decorating your eyes with blue, green, brown, gold or purple eye shadow looks “the bomb.” Then go with orange, red, pink, purple or nude lipsticks, depending on the color of eye shadow that you have on!
“Your glittery gold eye shadow and your burgundy lips look striking and hot.”
“If you’re going to suggest I change up my favorite color scheme I would suggest not.”
“You look magnificent, but blue eye shadow and pink lips are a color combo I adore.”
“Those two colors of makeup certainly go together well, of that I am sure.”
“I understand why you stick with golds and reds. A sexy vixen, a screen siren!”
“I look prime in all color combinations…in all makeup shades that I put on!”
Ideal Eye Shadow and Lipstick Color Combinations: Look fantastic in whatever color scheme that you choose! Your own signature color combinations are what rules!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/Nancy-Mangano-362187023895846/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com