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Vintage 1920s Makeup Colour Charts & Brochures

Makeup in the 1920s was coming of age and a new generation of women was discovering it. At this time, makeup products and colours were very limited. Most cosmetics on the market were for skincare. Still, the cosmetic brands were keen to shout about their products and produced handy application guides. Here is a collection of vintage makeup colour charts from the 1920s along with some application guides.

1923

Princess Pat made its rouge tint in just one colour. It was claimed that it suited every skin tone, as the tint changed colour to match the complexion.   

Princess Pat made its tint in just one colour (1923).

1925

This excerpt from a Boncilla brochure shows just how limited makeup colours were in the 1920s. 

Boncilla makeup (1925).
Jonteel face powders came in just a few shades.

1926

Rouge was applied to create a soft flushed look, as this bit of advice from Princess Pat shows.

Princess Pat advice (1926).

1927

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Lipsticks from Coty - colours were limited and plainly named (1927).

Guidance from Coty on “How to Manicure”.

1927 Cutex How to Manicure
Excerpt from booklet "How to Manicure" by Cutex (1927).

1928

Rouge colours from The Pompeian Company.

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Rouge colours from The Pompeian Company of Canada (1928).

1929

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A guide to makeup in booklet "Find Yourself" from The Armand Company (1929).

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