She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth.
Christina Rossetti
La Blanche face powder, advertisemtn from the Delineator Magazine, June 1905

La Blanche face powder, advertisemtn from the Delineator Magazine, June 1905

Corn Salve, Tricopherous for the hair, Peterson’s, May 1889

Corn Salve, Tricopherous for the hair, Peterson’s, May 1889

Beauty Advice from “Our Deportment,” 1881

In perusing my copy of Our Deportment (John H. Young), I found this little entry. I will let it speak for its self:

Eyebrows Meeting

Some persons have the eyebrows meeting over the nose. This is usually considered a disfigurement, but there is no remedy for it. It may be a consolation for such people to know that the ancients admired this tyle of eyebrows, and that Michael Angelo possessed it. It is useless to pluck out the uniting hairs; and if a depilatory is applied, a mark like that of a scar left from a burn remains, and is more disfiguring than the hair.

I thought of posting an image of Frida Kahlo, but she wasn’t of the Victorian Age.  

Victorian Recipe for Softening Skin

Apparently chapped knuckles were a social faux pas in the Edwardian Era, so I bring you this helpful recipe. From Correct Social Usage, 1906: half of a cup of ground barley, the white of an egg, a teaspoonful of glycerine and one ounce of honey.

It sounds like a breakfast dish to me. Take out the glycerine and it could be quite nutritious. It is supposed to be slathered on the skin, however, per these instructions:

To Prepare Cosmetic Gloves

Use soft, large leather floves, three or four sizes too large. Rip them open and spread the inside with the following preparation:

This is where the above barley concoction enters the picture. It doesn’t say how to remove it, but I would be tempted to lick it off the next morning. Don’t judge me. It’s dinner time here and I’m hungry.

Sleep as a Beautifier: Finally, having completed her bed-time ablutions, braided her hair loosely and donned her cosmetic gloves, the woman must put out of her mind all worries, all concentrated thoughts, even her pursuit of beauty, and relax into restful, dreamless slumber. The tense, active life led by American women has a tendency to invite Father Time’s finger prints on the face, and the night, or eight hours of it at least, should be given to restful, dreamless sleep, the greatest beautifier of all.
From Correct Social Usage, 1906