The powder blusher as we know it today was created back in the 1800 by Mr. Bourjois (does the name sound familiar?). Before that, the only option available was heavy, cream theater make up. Mr. Bourjois' invention was so popular, it broke the walls of the theater and was adopted by the every day woman. Of course, make up wasn't as socially acceptable as it is today, being considered vulgar at times. Women then resorted to pinching their cheeks and biting their lips to add that bit of flush to their complexion!
Luckily, we've got it easier than that nowadays! For me personally, blusher isn't an essential, but it IS one of the easiest ways to bring on the "pretty" factor. My favourite way to apply it is to concentrate the colour on to the apples of my cheeks and bring it up a little bit towards the top of my cheek bones. If you make a mistake and end up applying way too much product (Bozo says hi!), do not panic! You can quickly correct that by taking your foundation brush and blending some of the colour in. I wish I had known about this trick years ago, because the AMOUNT of times I made a mistake and took all my make up off in frustration to start again... There is very little that is unfixable!
What is your favourite blusher of the moment? Do you prefer powder or cream formulas?