"I put on my rouge and wash my hands in front of the whole world!"
That was Marie Antoinette's complaint about the public exposure she had while Queen at Versailles. I've been reading her life story by Ms. Fraser subtitled "The Journey" that Sofia Coppola based her MA film upon- a movie I absolutely adore. In the spirit of Marie Antoinette, I dug into 18th century cosmetics to find out what makeup would really have been like. Below are 18th century rouge pots. Ladies would apply deep red rouge in circles on their cheeks- the darker the better. These little containers were quite expensive as only the most elite would have had actual rouge. Less fortunate ladies used herbs, dyes, and did their darndest to copy Court appearance.
18th century fashion revolved around richly fabricated clothing (silk, yes please) and pale skin and if you happened to be hanging with the Louis XVI crowd, those bright bombs of rouge and powdered skin and hair. Some found it appalling and others felt it brightened the face and gave a flush of allure. A lovely lady below at her "toilet" getting glam, 1700's style.
Today, I busted out the baby powder, my rattail comb, and a hefty amount of blush to create my take on 18th century beauty a la Marie Antoinette. I have a lot of respect for the woman herself and wondered what my face would look like in 18th century powder. Take a look.
A lot of people put those black shaped cutouts- but I didn't want to go the costumey route. I wanted to copy what really would've been. Minus the lead based powder- yuck.
The last photo I based on the story of Marie's final hours in Versailles. She was in bed with the angry mob outside that were ready to storm the palace. Frightened, she exited her bedchamber through a secret stair to join her husband and together, the royal family waited while the French Revolution came right to their door. I wanted to capture a moment of her watching- wondering where to go and what to do. I'm happy with how it turned out.
If you want to try out your inner French Queen- here's what I used:
Face: Ben Nye colour cake foundation in Geisha, dusted with Make Up For Ever HD powder and Aromaleigh Opal finishing powder. Opal along nose, center of upper lip, and chin.
Concealer: (around eyes and mouth and nose) Ben Nye in Ivory
Cheeks: Cargo cream blush from 3-n-1 meltproof palette (bright coral shade) and Aromaleigh Rocks! Rouge in Candy-O
Lips: Cherry chapstick and powdering of Aromaleigh Rocks! Rouge in Candy-O.
Hair: Loads of makeup and baby powder (which dusts off of me in a cloud every time I move) and hairspray. There are specific hair powders for this sort of look that hold instead of falling to the scalp, but I used regular baby powder.
Lashes: Covergirl Lash Blast mascara in black (only a little so I don't look like Casper)
That's it! I'm going to walk around my house today with my big MA pouf and I feel a bit glamorous and I actually like it. If only I had panniers and a dainty fan. How about you? Have you ever wanted to wear an historic look?
Thanks for stopping by and here's the trailer for the movie- it's to die for and the sheer visual gorgeousness of it is unbelievable. Enjoy!
Have a great day,