The Role of a Lady’s Maid

We thought we’d give a nod to the women who attended to the appearance of middle- and upper-class ladies throughout the ages – the lady’s maid. Employed by the lady of the house, the lady’s maid was a female personal attendant whose specific duties included helping her mistress with her appearance (including makeup, hairdressing, jewellery, clothing Read More …

Cosmetic Recipes for the Regency Woman

Homemade recipes for skin and hair care were very popular during the Regency period. Here are some homemade lotions for dealing with all sorts of things, from brightening the complexion to softening hands. The three makeup items seen commonly during this time – rouge, white powder and lip salve – also had recipes for making Read More …

Hair and Beauty Adverts from the 1940s

Hair and beauty adverts from the 1940s, showing the fashionable colours of the decade, as well as hairstyles, clothing and accessories. Max Factor was the big name of the 1940s, with its hugely successful products Pan-Cake and Pan-Stik (released to the public in 1948). Film stars often lent their face and name to advertisements, where Read More …

Women’s 1950s Makeup: An Overview

Following from the 1940s wartime austerity , the 1950s was a time of growth and prosperity. Many economies around the world blossomed and grew. Consumers had more spending money available and the end of rationing opened up the way for new products. New colours and makeup products appeared, and the luxury cosmetics market took off.  Read More …

Hair and Beauty Adverts from the 1950s

The advertising industry now had more power than ever before. More people were buying a television for the home and TV advertising had a meteoric rise as, one by one, the commercial channels launched throughout the decade. Print advertising didn’t suffer either, with magazines galore aimed at different consumer groups, all targeted accordingly by the Read More …