Beauty Secrets of the Victorian Era

Beautiful, amazing magnificent – it is all about the Victorian era. Stiff manners, stiffer corsets, extreme moral conservatism and minimum makeup – all these was compensated by huge and gorgeous haircuts. Nineteenth-century women revealed their secrets of being beautiful and keeping a man. Read our article and dive into this atmosphere of dancing, ball gowns and young and fresh beauty.

The Body

Pale skin and complexion at the Victorian era were marks of celebrity and high social status. Women used different poisons like masks and pills to lose weight and get “sick look”, which was so coveted at that time.

It was unacceptable for woman of high class to buy cosmetics. Their motto was “natural skin and minimum makeup”. Eye shadows were made with antimony sulfide, lipsticks with mercuric sulfide; blushes were simply beet juice. But that all was used very gentle, because the main concept was to look like you don’t wear makeup at all.

Dark circles under your eyes and translucent skin with blue veins, which are seen through it – here how “perfect skin” of the Victorian era looks.

If you have oily skin type, a little amount of powder can be used, but not much. Just enough to add some glow to your face.

Skin care
In order to get pale skin, women used all kind of masks and creams, made of natural products that can be found at the kitchen. Thanks God, this tradition replaced “poison cult”. Almond oil and different waxes were widely used. Toners were made of water and all kinds of flowers, such as roses, chamomiles, or violets.

At the Victorian age women were proud of their hair and did everything to strike everybody around. They cut their hair very rare, and if they did, false hair was used instead for bigger volume. Among most widely spread hairdos were chignons, buns and long curls, falling at the back or sides. Oils and waxes were also used to make hair look sleek and smooth.

Men`s fashion was much more simple. They tended to cut their hair short and grew their beards long, like a sign of real man.

So, now you know all beauty secrets of the Victorian age. Ask yourself: would you like to live at that time?

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