Checked out Bobbi Brown's new book Pretty Powerful and will summarize what I learned about good makeup for you:
All of the women featured in the book- younger, older, classic beauty, plain Jane, famous - are wearing blush. (Mom-- you have always been a blush advocate and I hope you feel vindicated.)
The book is definitely worth a trip to the library ($30 for a perusal and mental note to wear more blush (+ cream eyeshadow + narrow eyeliner)... no). Check out a preview here, a sample look, and The Secret of the Universe.