Make-up History – Victorian Era to 1930’s


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This was the most difficult video I’ve ever had to edit as I had to cut out so many great anecdotes, interesting facts and amazing products. Seriously, I think I could easily have made a 10 minute film for each decade!

Anyway here is a little glimpse of my visit to the house and collection of Madeleine Marsh. I tried to stay calm and focused but inside I was bursting to get my hands on all the amazing treasures that surrounded me! The second half of this video will feature the 1940’s through to the 70’s and some incredible items – Mary Quant crayons, the IT palette all the cool British girls aspired to own during the war and a powder compact in the shape of a grand piano… to name just a few! Stay tuned X

Madeleines book is called The History of Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty From Victorian Times to the Present Day and you can buy it on Amazon:

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I only feature products I like, or want to try. The products I use in these videos are either purchased by me or sent to me by make-up companies to use in my professional capacity as a make-up artist for fashion and celebrity photo shoots, red carpet etc. I am also sent products by many of the top magazines to judge for awards.

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  1. I adore this series of videos for your passionate approach to the subject matter. You can really see your eyes light up when you speak about the history of makeup and it is such a joy to watch.

  2. In college, I took a course called American Pop Culture of the 20th Century. We did a LOT on the "commodification of beauty" which is a lot of what is being covered here. Interesting stuff.

  3. I'm a boy and actually use makeup daily. I'm not trans or a drag queen. But I've worn it sense highschool and I do it just to enhance certain features and to make my skin look good. I don't wear liner or shadow or lipstick. I'll just wear a BB cream by Mac and always set with the "Coty Airspun powder". Then ill wear a bronzer/highlight but very light. A lot of people don't even notice. Sometimes at night I'll wear a brown mascara but I'll just do one swipe on my lashes and go over it with a clean mascara wand just to get the bulk of the mascara off. And ill just wear a lip balm on my lips. Anyway I know it's not the "normal" but I think guys could wear a light face if they want and if they use the right products and put it on right then it can really benefit a mans face without looking feminine or like Boy George. I'm 27 and still pass for 22. I don't think there should be a issue with guys wearing makeup. To be honest some men want to look fresh faced and flawless just as much as women and I wish it was more universal for guys to do so.
    I really liked your video and found it very informative!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am so sad. I have been looking for an affordable hardback copy of this book for some time, but they are always over $150.00! I finally found one a couple of weeks ago on Amazon, from a small bookshop for $21.00! Of course I ordered it, they said it shipped, and a week later NO BOOK!. I'm believing they found out what they really had, and someone had made a mistake and sold it for far less than meant to be. Ladies, be careful ordering online. Not all sellers are honest. Now on with the search.

  5. I am embarking on painting portraits of women from this age. Until now all I had in terms of make-up and color, wardrobe,, etc. has been from memories of my family. (Now gone) This has given new avenues to explore. Brought back enthusiasm to my project. Excellent!


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