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Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 [Format Kindle]

Sarah Jane Downing

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"A comprehensive history of Beauty and Cosmetics from Pagan cultures to Christian cultures through to the 1950s. The small size of this book belies the extent of information contained within, including a rich social history...Intelligently written with humor throughout and with a strong emphasis on social history, this lushly illustrated book will be of wide appeal. Highly Recommended."—Vintage Fashion Guild

"Small and compact, this wonderfully illustrated book describes the standards of beauty popular in each era, from 1550 when alabaster brows were highly prized, to the black eyebrows that were favored by 18th century women. As with all Shire books, Sarah Jane Downing’s trip through time provides us with brilliant insights... I give the delightful Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 four out of five Regency tea cups." - Vic Sanborn, Jane Austen's World

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The source of tremendous power and the focus of incredible devotion, throughout history notions of beauty have been integral to social life and culture. Each age has had its own standards: a gleaming white brow during the Renaissance, the black eyebrows considered charming in the early eighteenth century, and the thin lips thought desirable by Victorians. Beauty has ensured good marriages, enabled social mobility and offered fame and notoriety, and has led women – and some men – to remarkable lengths in cultivating it, from the dangerous quantities of lead applied by Elizabeth I, to the women of the 1940s and ’50s, who employed face powder, lipstick and mascara to look their best during the privations of war and austerity, creating a chic appearance to which many still aspire.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 14579 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 64 pages
  • Editeur : Shire Publications (20 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008CZNTN0
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 Describes a Deadly Fashion 29 février 2012
Par Vic - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950" by Sarah Jane Downing was published this month by Shire Library. Small and compact, as Shire publications tend to be, this wonderfully illustrated book describes the standards of beauty popular in each era, from 1550 when alabaster brows were highly prized, to the black eyebrows that were favored by 18th century women. As with her best-selling "Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen", Ms. Downing provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of the topic. She begins with the Tudor Court and ends with the delightful cosmetic advertisements of the first half of the 20th century.

Mirrors, once only possessed by the rich, became so popular in London in the mid-16th century that British manufacturers petitioned Parliament to ban foreign imports. The ritual of the dressing table became quite elaborate and ladies began to entertain guests as they prepared themselves for the day.

Decorative patches covered skin blemishes and blotches, sometimes to such an extent that a face could be covered with a variety of dots, half-moon crescents, stars and even a coach and horses! The popularity of using patches began in the mid-17th century and did not wane until the end of the 18th century.

Porcelain skin was highly prized and created with white lead-based skin cream. Blush was then applied to create a doll-like look. Cosmetics were created in a variety of ways. Ms. Downing describes in her book: 'lead sheets were unrolled and beaten with battledores until all the flakes of white lead came off. These were gathered and ground into a very fine powder...' p. 24.

For a while during the third quarter of the 18th century, dark eyebrows became all the rage. Lead-based cosmetics, used over time, caused hair-loss at the forehead and over the brows, resulting in a receding hair-line and a bare brow. For those who lost their eyebrows, it became the custom as early as 1703 to trap mice and use their fur for artificial eyebrows. Sadly, the glue did not always adhere well, and a lady could be caught with her brows out of kilter. This hilarious poem was written by Matthew Prior in 1718: "On little things, as sages write, Depends our human joy or sorrow; If we don't catch a mouse to-night,Alas! no eyebrows for to-morrow." - p.28

Aging beauties staved off the ravages of time with sponge fillers and rouge (sound familiar?), while many women risked poisonous side effects from using their deadly cosmetics. Maria, one of the Gunning sisters who went on to become Lady Coventry, was so addicted to her lead-based paints that she died in 1760 at the age of 27 knowing full well that she was at risk.

The French Revolution swept away the widespread use of makeup, which was associated with the aristocracy. Defiantly, some aristocratic ladies went to their doom wearing a full complement of make-up: pale skin, patches, rouged cheeks and rosy lips.

Rousseau influenced the concept of nature and a more natural Romantic look took hold in the Regency era, aided by the blockade of cosmetics during the Napoleonic Wars. The death of many soldiers resulted in widespread melancholia and the affectation of a consumptive look. Ladies, nevertheless, were never far from their rouge pot.

As with all Shire books, Sarah Jane Downing's trip through time via cosmetics provides us with brilliant insights into how society viewed beauty in each era. By the 1950s, the success of a marriage was defined by how well a woman took care of herself. This included makeup. Beauty, as Ms. Downing wrote, "was switched from a pleasure to an obligation." Oh, my. I give the delightful "Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950" four out of five Regency tea cups (or stars, as in this instance).

Review from Jane Austen's World:[...]
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful book 14 décembre 2012
Par Picky Traveler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved reading the history of cosmetics and beauty styles I had no idea about until now! What made this book even better where the examples through paintings and pictures of how the author described each era.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it 16 juin 2012
Par Jmoon715 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read this whole entire book in like 2 days its was great for doing research for my makeup class..I love it!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Good 26 mai 2014
Par Lucy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was a really interesting little book. Notice that I say "little" though. When I purchased this book I had assumed that it would be a large book, but it is very small and has a very small print as well, which can be a problem for some. But I really did enjoy it, I was impressed with the pictures as well.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not bad at all. 30 octobre 2014
Par JDS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a VERY concise text. I read it cover-to-cover in about two hours and was hoping it would be a bit more extensive. However, the information presented is interesting and sparked a desire for more reading. It's a good, simple read but is still informative and engaging.
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