Posted by Marie Bernadette on February 20, 1998 at 17:13:18:
In response to Makeup in P&P2, written by Pat on February 20, 1998 at 12:55:49
] Does anyone have information about makeup during that time period? What would have been worn and when?
In The Mirror of the Graces, the author mentions using only cornstarch as powder because the knew by that time (1812 or so) that lead was harmful. Rouge was allowed and very popular, but expected to be used sparingly. In the 18th century make-up was popular for both men and women. I don't think they wore it all the time; probably just to balls and the opera and other special occasions. They wore a thick foundation, rouge, a gooey black make-up was applied to lashes and as an eyeliner and eyebrow definer and they had lipstick (red, greasy and messy!)and, at that time, lead -based powder.
In the early 19th century cosmetics went out of favour with men for the most part, although some of them used a little make-up on formal occasions, but the practiced pretty much faded out completely by the 1820's. Women wore a touch of rouge, but the other cosmetics were only worn at formal events and even then ladies were expected to use a light touch and avoid the garrishness of the previous century. I have a couple of books on the subject but am not at home now so I'll have to give you the titles later.
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