How many actors and dancers are bugged when they have to wear rouge?
What if they knew that, in many cases, they were smearing crushed insects on their faces? Would they see red?
Any makeup listing "carmine" as an ingredient is made from crushed insects called cochineal.
The actual cochineal insect is puny, similar to a mealy bug. They live on the juices from prickly pear cactus.
In areas of Mexico, Bolivia and Peru, the insects are raised and harvested.