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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Overall, the show presents makeup application as an art form and strives to showcase contestants' ability to create living, breathing canvasses. But there's also a subtle message that makeup is a must when it comes to looking and feeling good -- especially for women. During a promotional spot for the show, a plus-sized African-American contestant says, "I am all right with myself, my skin, and my size. I love everything about the woman that I am. Makeup has allowed me to find that confidence in myself."
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few contestants are openly gay and discuss their sexuality in general terms.
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Infrequent use of words like "hell" or "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Max Factor cosmetics and InStyle magazine are prominent sponsors, and both brands are mentioned in every episode. Contestants are also asked to use Max Factor products in challenges. The show occasionally promotes other brands and specific celebrities, including one-time guest judge Dannii Minogue (an Australian pop star whose older sister, Kylie, is decidedly more famous).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contestants toast their experience with a celebratory glass of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this colorful reality competition is built around the concept of using makeup -- and lots of it -- to achieve a desired look, mood, or feel, which could lead to requests from younger kids to start wearing a little blush, a dab of lipstick, or a swipe of mascara. The show also serves as a promotional vehicle for Max Factor cosmetics by mentioning the company by name in each episode and showcasing its products in various challenges. Adults occasionally celebrate with alcohol, but language is fairly mild.
Is It Any Good?
Applying an all-too-familiar reality contest formula to yet another creative profession, Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist attempts to do for makeup what Project Runway did for fashion. And, in some ways, it succeeds. The show highlights the technical and artistic skill of highly creative people who can literally transform a person's face with strategic strokes of color, highlight, and shadow. It also pushes the envelope with out-of-the-box challenges that go far beyond beauty (in one episode, for example, contestants are asked to create an avant garde look using edible and natural ingredients, like blackberries, ice cream sprinkles, and flower petals).
But the biggest strike against Blush is that, despite the show's unique focus on the cosmetics industry, we've pretty much seen this all before. Take your pick: From Stylista to Top Design to Top Chef, these shows rely on the same mix of quirky (and a few serious) characters who are craving their 15 minutes of fame. And they'll do anything -- including appearing before the judging panel in a camera-unfriendly masquerade mask -- to get it. Put X number of creative people in a poshly decorated house, pit them against each other in a series of outlandish challenges designed to test their skills, offer them an arbitrary title, and poof! -- you have InstaReality.
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