Makeup isn’t really as recent as one would often believe it to be. It has its beginnings rooted as long ago as in the 18th and the 19th centuries. However, back in the 19th century, makeup wasn’t really accepted in mainstream society and the notion of using cosmetic products to enhance your beauty was considered rather shameful.

Gradually, with the passage of time, things began to change and it was only in the Edwardian era that makeup came to be accepted, building a landmark for itself in the history of fashion and beauty.

Here’s a quick guide on the various different makeup looks sported by women back in the Edwardian era.

Face...
 

Face...

White and pale skin was considered to be beautiful back in those days. As a result, women used to wear a whole lot of whitening cream (what we these days term as foundation) on their face and the neck region so as to appear fair and pale.

The matte look was quite the fashion at that time as well. Women used to apply considerable amounts of translucent talc on their face in order to curb the natural shine and glow.

Cheeks...
 

Cheeks...

Plump and healthy cheeks were considered to be a mark of real beauty. Women often stained their cheeks heavily using red petals, a practice that later on led to the invention of what we today term as “blush”.

Lips...
 

Lips...

Lips were also stained using colour during those times. Roses and other red coloured items were often used to make one’s lips appear red and lush. The use of geranium and poppy petals to stain the lips has been corroborated as well. The lips were coloured a deep shade at the centre, with the colour fading gradually outwards. This made them appear naturally stained and thus, even more beautiful.

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