What women used for makeup 100 years ago
Makeup seems to have been around forever, but the 1910s were a turning point in cosmetic use for women. The Edwardian period, which lasted from 1900 until 1910, idealized pale skin and the appearance of youth, but also held onto the notion that makeup was for the stage and women of ill repute. Ordinary women definitely wore makeup, but denied that they were doing so, utilizing home remedies to achieve wrinkle-free faces, tiny waists, and firm skin. "The aim was not to attract attention," says Ashley Miller of Flea Market Insiders, "but to enhance natural beauty and to make women look young and healthy."
The look of the 1910s was quiet sophistication: powder for the much desired pale skin, eyeshadow (which came in a paste), and a lip stain, which was supposed to appear as spare as possible. As the decade progressed, the obvious use makeup became more acceptable, as new products were developed and marketed, but women continued to use cosmetics with questionable elements, both because they were available, and because the side effects were not yet known.
The makeup used 100 years ago might surprise you, but you also will likely recognize some names and ingredients.