My historical paranormal romance, “I’ll Be Seeing You” is set during the forties and I thought you might enjoy some beauty tips that your grandmothers and great-grandmothers might have used. During World War II, women were encouraged to wear make-up so they wouldn’t appear sad. Bolstering morale was something women on the home-front took very seriously. With limited resources they were able to come up with some pretty clever substitutes for items in short supply.
Share a beauty tip, whether it’s something from the 40’s or now, or one that you’ve found or has been passed down to you and you could win a copy of “I’ll Be Seeing You”!
Vintage 1940 Beauty Tips…
- Add 1 (one) T. baking soda to a small cup of water to shampoo hair. Rinse with beer for shiny locks!
- Instead of sleeping on painful steel curlers, wrap hair in small sections of rags and tie. In the morning you have a head full of wavy curls and you probably didn’t have bags under your eyes from lack of sleep!
- Mascara could be made by mixing coal dust into petroleum jelly. Just thinking about this makes my eyes itch.
- Rouge could be easily obtained by rubbing a little red lipstick over your cheeks.
- Nylons were in short supply but you could steep 4-5 teabags in warm water and use it to stain your legs. Some of the first self-tanners!
- Another method to mimic hosiery was to paint their legs with gravy browning and draw a line down the back with charcoal. Sounds messier than the tea bag method.
- Lack of sleep or just plain worrying could give women puffy eyes. The remedy for this was a little petroleum jelly under the eyes at night. Betty Davis swore by it.
- Some women chose beauty over food and resorted to mixing some of their sugar rations with a little warm water and lemon juice to make an excellent exfoliator. I’ve seen similar recipes that are still around and this one reputedly worked very well.
- For a glowing complexion the recommendation was to soak a washcloth in ice-water, wring it out and apply it to the face, then rub an ice-cube over the cloth for ten minutes.
- The most patriotic color for lips was of course, red! Matching nails were encouraged and one of the manicure styles at the time was an oval nail with the polish outlining a half-moon at the base.
I’ll choose the winner randomly. If someone leaves a fun tip, utilizing ingredients from the cupboard, I’ll award a second prize. Leave a beauty tip and you could have a free read!
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