Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Madame X's Lip Rouge

As previously mentioned, I used up the last of my Red Paint for the Face this Halloween. After the unsuccessful color-matching attempt, I've been scouting commercial cosmetics trying to find a close match.

Let's view our contenders...

Mineral Fusion, Adorn
First we have Mineral Fusion's Sheer Moisture Lip Tint, in the color Adorn. Kind of a brown-red hue, transparent, glistening, moisturizing.

Christina's Natural Qualities, Provocative
The next is Christina's Natural Qualities in the hue Provocative, being a matte, long-wearing color in an orangey-earth tone.

Both of these were found a bit off the beaten path -- one at the local Whole Foods, the other at the local herbal medicine shop. I think these are so far my nearest matches to the Red Paint, and if only either one made a halfway decent rouge I'd be all set.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Return of Madame X



For Halloween this year, the Madame X costume reemerged. This time, I decided to wear it with historically correct makeup -- the whiting, powder, and the very last of my Ageless Artifice Red Paint for the Face, plus some black eye pencil. I didn't bother with coloring my hair this time. I also didn't have anymore white feathers so I just put a jewel in my hair, but the effect actually came out looking more like the final painting.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Clean Hair Brushes

In the Gibson Girl era, hairbrushes were very important tools as they functioned much the wash shampoo and conditioner serve modern women (That is, for cleaning dirt and dandruff from the hair while distributing oil) -- plus they created the specific hair texture needed for period hairdos.

Natural bristle brushes were most commonly used, but wire-type brushes were also available (however, they were warned to be, in all function, combs.) Here's a cleaning how to for both types.

For wire brushes.
For bristle brushes.

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