Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Clean-O-Pore (1919)

The Clean-O-Pore, circa 1919 (author's own collection)

The Clean-O-Pore

Vacuum Massage Outfit

A few minutes' use a day will show wonderful results. Instead of pounding the sensitive skin as an electric vibrator does, this wonderful machine by its soothing SUCTION opens and cleanses the pores, creating a clear healthy skin - removing pimples and blackheads, smooths out wrinkles and sagging flesh - develops neck and bust - invigorates the scalp and clears it of dandruff. In handsome leatherette case, separate appliances for face, scalp and body massage.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Touched Up Woman, 1872

"She is a compound frequently of false hair, false teeth, padding of various kinds, paint, powder and enamel. Her face is "touched up", or painted and lined by a professional adorner of women, and she utterly destroys the health of her skin by her foolish use of cosmetics… So common has the habit of resorting to these things become, that it is hard to say whether the average woman of fashion is a work of nature or a work of art"
 - James McCabe, 1872

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Jean Harlow's Beauty regime, 1933

Jean harlow make up

High, narrow and very arched are Jean's eyebrows. She uses a finely pointed eyebrow pencil. The high brow enlarges the eye, gives clarity, an appealing quality.

Jean Harlow for Max Factor
Jean Harlow for Max Factor, 1933

Jean uses a true red cream rouge for her lips, blending the lie perfectly and carrying the color well inside to prevent a  break in tone. Those very long lashes are black.

Maybelline 1933 advert
Maybelline, 1933

Skin-tone powder is then puffed lightly but thoroughly over Jean's face and neck, with special attention to nostrils, eye comers and chin. And, always brush from brows.

snowfire face powder

Jean's platinum halo has probably aroused more comment and curiosity than any one feature of any star. Naturally blonde, Jean encourages whiteness by weekly shampoos with white soap and a final rinse containing a few drops of French bluing. She brushes for softness, sets her wave with water and vinegar.

- Beauty shop, Conducted by Carolyn Van Wyck 
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