Vintage Makeup for darker skin tones during the 1930s

For this installment of the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series, I am exploring makeup during the 1930s. To know more about this series, please read my disclaimer. The 1930s is the middle ground between the Jazz Age and WWII. Correctly, I should title this Makeup During the Great Depression, but that sounds, well, depressing. But I don't want to ...

Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones – Foundations and Face Powders

Welcome to the first post in the Vintage Makeup for Darker Skin Tones series! Please read my disclaimer here to learn more about where this all came from and what this is all about. I'm beginning with face powders and foundations to work into the rest of the series. This post is more about history than ...

A Letter from Paris…1931 Modern Beauty Shop magazine beauty trends

Article from Paris, France, April 10, 1931 from Modern Beauty Shop Chers amis:         Le printemps has come to Paris and with it, glorious sunshine. Sunshine being rare in this fascinating city all the Parisiennes are now sporting new hats.        Somebody famous once said that Spring to a woman just ...

Think Outside the Red – Other ideas for your vintage nail polish color

Red was mentioned everywhere in vintage cosmetic advertisements and books, but it is important to know that ad copy mentioning red, does not necessarily mean a true red. A pink red meant pink, an orange red meant orange. That was just the language that they used partly because it made things easier for woman to ...

Max Factor Makeup Staple in a Changing World

An entire essay could be written on the history of Max Factor, but I am not going to do it right now. Instead I would just like to share with you a piece of makeup history that hasn't really changed much over the last 60 years. (News Flash: After writing this entry, I see in ...