Hello lovelies, today I will be discussing makeup and beauty routines in the early 1900s.
During the early 1900s, makeup was not widely popular, and most women didn’t wear makeup at all. It was mainly worn by street workers and those in cabarets in the back and white screen. Pale skin was associated with wealth because it meant that one was not working outside in the sun and could afford to stay inside all day.
A women’s makeup routine usually consisted of face powder and enamel made with lead to whiten the skin. To get that healthy rosy flush on the cheeks, rouge was applied, while the lips were stained with geranium and poppy petals. Eye makeup wasn’t that common. Burnt matchsticks were used to darken the eyelids, but it was eyebrows that were the main focus for Edwardian women, and eyebrow pencils were very popular.
The more daring women would mix up dyes from cosmetic preparations created at their chosen pharmacy. Edwardian Makeup was very much a DIY affair, and the objective was to create an effect of youthful beauty without anyone knowing you were wearing makeup.