Friday, 20 September 2013

An ode to the elizabeth's maidens and the likes

Today I seriously can't think of a name for you, ahh no I'm just PMS'ing ,sorry if I just grossed you out. I'm the unnecessary
over-sharer soughts.
So the look of the day is inspired by not just a particular women but for a period and let’s just say am the filmy sorts so over several period movies :Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth :Golden Age, Vanity Fair and Anna Karenina to name a few  .I’m doing more o a toned down version of the look say like a woman in the court would wear something like this one fine evening  .The veil and the headgear are  handmade by me,which brings me to announce that I shall be taking orders for custom headgears ,hairbands,veils,pins very soon
Like any fashion, make-up went through highs and lows of popularity through the centuries, indeed, from decade to decade.  
In the victorian era, a healthy and natural complexion was valued (or pale and delicate look), especially for young people. However, makeup was used, but it was a bit of a taboo and certainly not to be revealed to others. A point of clarification; make-up was not a term used commonly until after 1870.* Cosmetics referred to anything applied to the skin of a medicinal nature, and embellishments were pastes, powders and paints, used to alter appearance. All of these products were purchased at local apothecary (pharmacist) shops and through doctors or, for the very wealthy, ordered from specialist dealers abroad. There were also home-made versions, and even the poor where known to indulge. So, yes, people did wear make-up throughout the 19th century, subtly and garishly.
  • As part of their “toilet” in the morning ladies of leisure would ensure well plucked eyebrows, perhaps trim their eyelashes, and daub castor oil onto their eyelids and lashes.
  • To hide freckles, blotches, or redness, they could dust on rice powder or, the most expensive option, ground pearl powder.
  • On their lips they might apply a clear pomade (beeswax) for a shine and to provide protection from the elements, and some contained dye to discreetly accentuate the lip colour, crushed flowers and carmine (made from the female cochineal insect) being favoured. A recipe for lip balm included evergreen bugloss, also known as alkanet, a common weed with blue flowers that provides red dye, the root in particular (but does nothing for chapped lips).
  • For a healthy complexion, and to contrast the very pale skin of the privileged class, red beet juice or a carmine dye could be massaged into the cheeks. For bright eyes, a drop of lemon or orange juice in each eye would be used, and was considered a cleansing method.
I think that’s enough with gyaan but history and more like period costumes has always mesmerised me, getting an opportunity to study the same I decided to share this information with you and also if you would like to add on it would be appreciated.
For this look I have very elaborate eyes and  lips .

And then i decided to go in goth veil bride sought look :P


If you haven't noticed yet ,I do make that towel look pretty,don’t I?

I hope you enjoy the LOTD I’ll be back soon on how to recreate the look.
Stay tuned till next post.Stay Chic!


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