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June 4, 2011
6:38 am
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April 12, 2011

Did you wear much make up in the forties? I remember my mother wearing rouge which she smeared on both lips and cheeks. A powder compact was also the norm and the powder tended to be white. As I recall these were my mother's basics.

June 4, 2011
10:43 am
Forum Posts: 41
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April 4, 2011

Red lipstick was the shade of choice.  When the war broke out, it put makeup and some other items in the hard to get category.  So here were some very innovative things that were done in place of having the real thing.  If you could not get lipstick, beetroot juice was used in its place.  Need to look tan?  No Problem.  Used tea bags were used to give the desired effect.  These were some make shifts ideas they had, very ingenious indeed!

June 4, 2011
1:42 pm
Forum Posts: 39
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May 16, 2011

If I'm not mistaken, I think this is when Max Factor was the "go to" cosmetic line. He was a makeup artist in Hollywood and had developed a lot of his own cosmetics for use on the movie stars and then expanded to manufacturing for the women of the US in the 1920s. I remember Mom using some powder but not much of anything else. We were po' folks back then and didn't have money to spare for luxuries. I just thank the powers that be that we were on the farm and were able to grow our own food and food animals. 

June 4, 2011
2:51 pm
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May 31, 2011

The whole taning with a used tea bag intruiges me. I stay out of the sun because skin cancer runs in the family. How exactly do you use a tea bag to make you look tan?

June 5, 2011
6:15 am
Forum Posts: 70
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April 12, 2011

I think tea bags and gravy browning were used to paint colour onto the legs to make it look as though you were wearing stockings. It's as simple as that. Try putting a wet tea bag on the back of your hand and you will see the stain that comes off it.

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