Eras of Beauty: Part One

Posted May 25, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand

I became enamored with beauty products at a young age — probably when I was 10 or 11, perhaps earlier. I wanted to feel grown-up; to fast forward through all the awkward  phases awaiting me…I wanted the rule book on womanhood, dammit!

I was an unusually self-conscious child who spent most of my day learning to ‘blend.’ I loved the intrigue the beauty world offered me as every ‘how-to’ make-up magazine article took me on a journey to somewhere other than my bedroom. I always wished my mother had saved her fashion magazines from her younger times, so I could research the past eras, and understand how beauty products made their way to modern times. 

Well! Imagine my delight when I tripped upon a YouTube video hosted by celebrity make-up artistic, Lisa Eldridge. She introduces us to a fabulous book by historian, Madeleine Marsh, entitled, History and Compacts: From Victorian Times to Present Day.

Eldridge describes it as a book,

Very much about women’s lives and what they were doing….[the book describes] politically what was going on, and socially and culturally, and how it relates to make-up.

Want to learn….

  • When the household staple, Vaseline entered the picture?
  • What prompted the mass production of deodorant?
  • How women carried their rouge on their wrist?

Then watch this charming video and stay tuned for next week’s episode.





About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.