Eras of Beauty: Part One
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.