Wednesday, 8 June 2011

1920's painted face.

Hello vintage lovelies.

I thought I would share with you one of my more unusual finds and what has now become on of my favourite things I brought this lovely 1920's painted face last year in Spain whilst visiting with my older sisters.
It is actually painted on to a pebble and to me is just so beautiful.
  Judging by this Photograph my lady is very true to the look of the time                                                                                                                                                                                
During the 1920's young women dressed in shorter dresses, wore face powder, liquid powder, lip stick and smoked.
They were labeled "Flappers" and heavily  criticised because they openly fraternised  with young men.
Never the less they were still expected to eventually make a good marriage and settle into the duties of motherhood.                                                                               

  The staple of many 20s / 30s women’s beauty routines (even if she used no other cosmetics), face powder surpassed even lipstick as the pillar of the cosmetics industry. Advice on its application, and the all-critical selection of just the “right shade for your skin type” used up a lot of ink in ad copy and newspaper columns, and beauty booklets of the period.  
     Although liquid foundation (or “liquid powder” as Coty’s was known, advertised above in 1929) was available, it was not as widely used in the ‘30s as regular face powder. 
It would be applied then blotted with a powder puff or gauze, just as with face powder. Typically, though, when beauty books or ads refer to a “foundation” or “base,” they mean a powder base – a cream or lotion that would be applied to clean skin and provide a smooth surface for the application of the face powder and ostensibly make it “cling” longer. 
Some beauty houses, like Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, had tinted foundations in flesh colored-shades. 

Inspiring young ladies those 'Flappers' with a zest for life and painted faces just like my beautiful pebbled one.

Toodle Pip.


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