Let's Blush

I’m not talking about the make-up.

(Although, pro-tip here from Making Faces, NARS makes the best blush ever. You will look glowy and beautiful after using it.)

I have this tendency to blush super easily. So easily in fact, that it’s really embarrassing. I will even blush even when I am not feeling embarrassed. What is that?! My awkwardness shows, and I don’t like it.

Also, what the hell is up with blushing? Thanks body, thank you so much, for betraying my feelings to the world. If it was at least, I don’t know, an internal feeling of embarrassment that would be okay. It would be so nice if instead of getting a red face, you could just feel a burning in the pit of your stomach. Uncomfortable, yes, but everyone wouldn’t know that you’re uncomfortable. Of course, we would get off way too easy if that was the case.

Some situations are awkward enough without the added bonus of the other person knowing that you’re embarrassed. Blushing is just life’s way of adding a little kick to humiliation. It’s like: wow, this is embarrassing, here’s some confirmation in tomato red…on your face!

Props to actors and actresses that are constantly being asked embarrassing questions. How do they cope? If that was me, I’d be beet red the entire time. Needless to say that it would be awkward for everyone involved. Then people would start commenting about my red skin and  there would be some horrible rumor about a medical condition. On the positive side, my face slowly (or not so slowly) going from a normal color to bright red would be turned into a GIF. I would be immortal on the internet forevermore.

However, I will say this about blushing: sometimes (rarely) it can be a good thing. Here’s a nice little situation to consider: a cute boy (or girl) says something nice to you, cue the blushing. You just got to skip a step because he/she already knows that it had an effect on you.

Still…it’s gonna be embarrassing (but hopefully, it will mostly be endearing). Just so you know, I may be grasping for straws here trying to find a positive side to blushing. It can’t all be bad, right?

If you’re a high-strung little Virgo like myself, I’m sure that you’re also familiar with a tendency to over-analyze. So, you may ask, does the embarrassment end after you’ve gone through some ordeal? No. You’ll be sitting there thinking about it over and over again, and then you’re going to blush…again. By yourself. Because just thinking about it is going to make your body react. Actually, that’s pretty amazing that we, as humans, are able to blush just by thinking about something embarrassing.

I’m going to develop a steely look that I will be able to conjure when I’m feeling the heat crawl up my face. It’s going to be my antidote to my little problem.

It’s just one of those horrible things about being human, I suppose.

So, how about you guys? Any blushers out there?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1288473367 Emily Jane Montgomery

    It’s especially fab when somebody points it out to you, AS IF I DON’T ALREADY KNOW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505706443 Marybeth Langdon

    I blush ridiculously easilly. And what’s worse it isn’t cute, my entire face turns lobster red, even my ears turn red. When people point it out it gets worse! I guess it’s a good thing, you can always tell when I’m being honest; however, because of this affliction I am terrible at keeping secrets (which is awful)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=226600816 Erin Thomas-Admire

    I am the SAME way!!! I could be talking to someone i don’t know that well and for no reason at all i feel the burn on my face and know that i’m blushing for no reason. A guy at my work just loves to point out when i do blush and of course makes it worse!! UGH!!! I wish there was a make-up out there specifically to cover blushing! I heard my Irish heritage is to blame for it…but who really knows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=202600752 Lori Longoria

    I HATE when people point it out, “Look you’re blushing!” Thank you Captain Obvious…it woulda gone away sooner and this would have been LESS awkward if you’d kept your trap shut!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1152420070 Ashley Lin Walters

    I have the same problem! Even when I am not embarrassed I blush (like even if someone just references me to another person). Then someone inevitably says “look you are embarrassed and blushing!”…..Well I wasn’t embarrassed but now I am and am now getting even redder….Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516941682 Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

    Oh God, I can’t believe I forgot about people pointing it out. That’s THE WORST. Because, I can just feel it crawl up my face even more and it’s just horrible. I’m glad I’m not alone though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536702827 Krystal Eden

    I’m possibly the worst blusher of all time. I’m fair skinned, and since a horrible cruise sunburn I got when I was 12, my back chest and upper arms get splotchy when I blush. It takes less to trigger the giant splotches on my chest than it does to cue pink cheeks. Anything that makes my blood pressure rise even a bit will do it; scary movies, alcohol, being embarrassed, being turned on, etc. Most of my friends and boyfriend find it cute… I often have to wear turtlenecks to work if I know I’ll be having a client meeting. :c

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=851885006 Jenny Lonussen

    This is so familiar! I blush easily and am uh blessed with an embarrassing amount of hangups. I mean I even start blushing when I simply start talking in a group, adds to the awkward even more. We use this peer group type of education at school, where we discuss the literature in the group at school, so every time I share what my findings are I start blushing and get all awkward (even when I’m confident about what I’m saying).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826991519 Lydia Deetz

      Same thing happens to me. I’m pretty sure my teacher thought I was on drugs or something the last time I told, or more accurately, tried to tell my opinion in front of my colleagues. (I had a bit too much coffee before the class, not a good combo).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826991519 Lydia Deetz

    My friends actually did make a GIF of me turning red. And posted it on our local forums. -.- Bastards!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630832299 Jacki Lynne Donhou

    I have been RED IN THE FACE since I was about 18. Anything will set it off! From Someone talking to me to laughing to talking on the phone. No one thing was the trigger. I’ve have people tell me it was spicy food and alcohol or even anxiety. None of this could be true in my case because I don’t eat or drink that and I’m not under any type of stress that lasts 16 years! So at a very young age of 33 I was done with the TOMATO FACE! I talked to my doc and was prescribed some meds :) Life is good without the worry of that flushing red tingle!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542689404 Emily Hsu Pfeiffer

      hi, thanks for the comment! just curious, what meds do u take for this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796774143 Sarah Williams

    Oh my goodness I always blush. I hate it. I have got a little better now that I’m being treated for anxiety, but not a lot. As you said, even when I’m not embarrassed, I blush. I can be having a normal conversation with close friends, cue the blushing, then it’s all awkward. For me at least. i’m sure they don’t give two hoots. And it really doesn’t help one iota that I’m as pale as all get out. Darn those Irish genes wiping out the beautiful Spanish ones :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120200101 Nicole Austin

    I blush SO easily. It’s ridiculous. I really hate how easy it is…I even blush if I catch a guy I think is cute looking at me. It definitely is a visible sign of my awkwardness!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002408674149 Ana Lugo

    I rarely blush, but I think it’s adorable when other people do! And yes, I have been known to point it out, but I do it because I think it’s endearing, not to further embarrass the person… The same way I would point out a good deed, or compliment someone’s taste in music. Seeing someone blush for whatever reason makes me like them more, like, it makes them more human… so embrace it you guys!
    I wish I blushed easier!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516941682 Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

      Endearing is what I aim for! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516941682 Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

    You guys! This is absolutely what I was talking about. It’s the worst. Like, really now, Body, why? It’s so weird. One time I was at Target and the girl at the cash register told me that she liked my nail polish and I blushed. Why? I don’t know. It’s one of my most annoying quirks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=98700008 Celesta Török

    Gah, am also a “high-strung little Virgo” and I blush ALL THE TIME! It’s so annoying b/c it’s so obvious and I know people can see it. grrrrrr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569810613 Anna Nichols Cook

    And a bit off the subject…NARS blush is at least, one of the best blushes out there! Great pigmentation, shimmer/sparkle quality, and it’s not powdery. You don’t end up with tons of waste you have to tap off. OOOH I do love it so! Worth the price tag!

    And…when I’m embarrassed, I can tell my eyes are all puppy dog like and my cheeks and chest instantly go red. So if I compliment a guy on his cologne, in all innocence, just because I like it, *poof* instant red! *Sigh*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641290377 Ceri Pollard

    I am an awful blusher too… and most of the time for no good reason. And then I’m asked ‘you’ve gone bright red, why are you blushing?’ – I don’t knowwww! I must admit, it makes me paranoid sometimes, that I’m going to go bright red and get bombarded with questions when I can’t help anything – my face just doesn’t behave sometimes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002753512120 Taiana Gonçalves

    I’m a blusher too =O
    And, as if blushing is not enough, stuttering comes with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516941682 Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

    Girls, you’ve reminded me of some of the other stuff that comes with my own blushing. I also start to stumble over my words because being aware that my face is red makes everything else stop working. It’d be hilarious, if it wasn’t so embarrassing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=851885006 Jenny Lonussen

      Same here! I adore this article and all the comments. It feels like blushers united/anonymous here and I love it. Thanks for writing this :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516941682 Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

        Thank YOU for reading it! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26701561 Laura Wanggaard

    I’m all about a “blushers united” front. I HATE when I just randomly flush. Particularly when I get flustered about something. Even minor flustering. Like public speaking. Nothing like having the whole room know how you’re feeling. I also wish it wasn’t so distracting to ME when I blushed. My brain goes “ok, you flubbed… aaaaaannd now you’re blushing. Good job, that’s what everyone wants to see, you turning a lovely shade of vermillion” and my mouth goes “um… um… um…” AHHHH

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