1940s World War II Makeup Tutorial | History Inspired | Feat. Amber Butchart and Rebecca Butterworth

Hi, I’m Fashion Historian Amber
Butchart I’m standing in the tunnels at English
Heritage’s Dover Castle where the military was stationed during the
nation’s fight for victory in the Second World War Among those were ladies from the Women’s Royal Naval Service otherwise known as the Wrens. In addition to their formidable contribution to the war
effort, women across the country had another weapon in their arsenal – makeup.
Cosmetics became crucial for morale and were encouraged by everyone from Vogue
magazine to the British government. Today we’re taking a look at the surprising
role cosmetics played during the Second World War when Britain put on a brave
face. Are you ready? Let’s find out more Hello Rebecca! Hey Amber, how’s it going? Good, how are you? I’m alright thank you, welcome to Dover! Thanks very much Well today we’re focusing on the Second
World War which began in 1939 and lasted for six long years. We’re also focusing
on the Wrens, so Rebecca tell me about the look that you’re going to recreate
for us today We’re going to be creating something
that feels very classic 1940s so beautiful powdered skin and a bright red
lip on our gorgeous model, Ella Hi Ella Hello We’re also going to be incorporating
some homespun hacks from our brilliant audience. I’m excited to try these out I’m very excited to see them. Now makeup is often dismissed as frivolous but
during the war it took on extra importance in terms of morale. Vogue even
talked about it as ‘cherished a last desperately defended luxury’ so it’s
going to be great to explore makeup and especially the women who wore it and
their huge contribution to the war effort Let’s get started What are you doing first? Well let’s start the beginning and let’s start with skincare.
Now we had an account from a Wren who was based here in Dover called Doreen,
and her account says that skincare became really hard to get hold of during
the war it was like gold dust but she had a chemist friend that could make her
a vanishing cream that she could use throughout the war and so I found a
vanishing cream that’s made to an authentic late 1930s, 1940s recipe that
I’m going to use on Ella here. And what a vanishing cream does is it vanishes into
the skin and it also provides a brilliant base of powder So it’s kind of like a primer? It’s very much like a primer, yes. Interestingly with makeup from the beginning of the early 20th century it
started out being something that’s quite unseemly and something that’s under the
counter But as we move onwards into the 1930s
and into the 1940s makeup now is not only an accepted part of your routine
it’s also almost an essential part of your routine and in fact during the war
beauty became a woman’s duty Well this is an idea that the government really promoted as well. The Board of Trade proclaimed in 1940 ‘keep up the
morale of the homefront by preserving a neat appearance’ and this was a line
that fashion magazines really echoed as well In fact, for example, they even advised women against turning into frights and slovens That’s a real shame that it seems to be just a woman’s duty not to turn into a fright or a sloven. We’re in a time where women are starting to take on newer jobs and also have to keep
the home fires burning and then also they have to look awesome while they’re
doing it A woman’s work is never done It is a lot to expect So let’s finish off this skincare and I’m going to apply a powder now this is an original 1940s powder That is beautiful It’s fabulous! I’m applying it with a powder puff this is a homemade powder
puff which feels very in keeping with the time. And you’ll notice that this is in a
cardboard box. Now during the war as austerity started to kick in,
manufacturers of cosmetics couldn’t use metal anymore all the metal had to go to
the war effort so more and more cosmetics were produced in cardboard
containers just like these Long, luscious lashes are a really integral part of the
late 1930s into the 1940s look But as austerity started to bite, women
had to look for alternatives to darken and lengthen their eyelashes. We had
some amazing tips and tricks from our audience to do with mascara but the one
that intrigued me most was using burnt corks as a mascara. The suggestion was to
burn a cork and then use the ash mixed with some Vaseline as a mascara.
So we’re going to give that a try Hold onto that for me, Ella. Thank you Well speaking of austerity
these ideas of rationing and austerity really define this era in terms of
personal appearance. Clothes rationing lasted from 1941 to 1949 and was really
all about fairness, it was about making sure that everybody had access to the
essentials and it was also about conserving materials for the war effort
as well. So when we think of rationing we can sort of broadly think about three
different areas. Firstly there were coupons which were issued and this was
to make sure there was a sort of equal distribution of clothing. So you’d need
money as well as coupons to buy specific items. For example, 11 coupons for a dress
or 8 coupons for a men’s shirt or pair of trousers There was also the utility
scheme that was brought in by the government and this was a range of sort
of well designed, price-controlled clothing that really made factories much
more efficient and so freed up production again for the war effort.
Now finally we have austerity regulations. These were again brought in
by the government and determined what you could and couldn’t design basically.
So for example, the turn-up on men’s trousers was abolished, lapels you know
the width of lapels was defined. There were a whole host of rules brought in
which help to conserve materials and labour so they could be put towards the
war effort. Now with all of this rationing of fabric and food as well
going on, women also have to be very creative when it came to their makeup, didn’t they? Yeah they really did Although makeup itself wasn’t actually
rationed, it did become much more expensive and harder to get hold of and
a couple of reasons for that is that the government put a luxury tax on makeup
and also it limited cosmetics companies to just 25% of their pre-war output so
it was much harder to get hold of which meant some makeup had to do double duty
and I’m going make this burnt cork do double duty by applying it through the eyebrows as well This is looking really good, it looks
great, it works well I know, I’m really surprised at how well this actually works and also the burnt cork through the eyebrows is surprisingly effective
and a really nice colour. We had a really great quote from one of our audience
members telling us that women of the era would match the angle of their eyebrows
to the angle of the stripes on their uniform. I don’t know whether that’s true
or not but I really like the idea of it so we’re going to do a really nice angle
into Ella’s eyebrows So another way that women could cut
costs during the war was to use household products and produce to create
makeup. And we had several people tell us that beetroot was a product that people
used because of its staining properties and the colour of it so I thought we’d
try out some beetroot as a little bit of rouge Fantastic. Well saving money, saving
materials – wow! – was of course important ‘Make do and Mend’ was the philosophy as
promoted by the government I love the look of that! It’s so effective immediately And so people were really encouraged to repair, to restore and to reuse their clothing to really make it last as long as possible And along with this, you know we
tend to think of the war as this really drab era defined by austerity, but there
was a lot of creativity in terms of the material people turned to and the way
that they were dressing. So for example black out fabric wasn’t rationed so it
was often used for clothing, it could be turned into dresses. Also second-hand
shopping became really important in terms of replenishing people’s wardrobes
as well. These are all things that we should be living by today as well, using
your clothes for as long as possible, secondhand, really taking a
sustainable approach And beetroot as blusher because – – because it’s fantastic! It works very well When we think of the 1940s we think of a
classic, bold red lip Why was red such an important colour? Red is a really symbolic color anyway. It shows strength in dark times. Nella Last wrote about
wearing red lipstick. Now she kept a diary all the way through the Second World War And she said that wearing a too bright
lipstick on dim days helped the corners of the mouth turn up when you couldn’t smile So it was a way of showing strength, it was a way of showing unity in these really dark times And also a way of showing that you were well presented and well kept Interestingly, it was also rumoured that Hitler hated makeup and specifically he hated red lipstick So to wear red lipstick was a
way of saying that you were anti-Hitler Cosmetics companies also saw a way in to
produce wartime products and they started to produce lipsticks that had
rousing military names such as ‘Auxilary Red’ or ‘Homefront Ammunition’. Now I couldn’t get hold of any of those particular lipsticks because they don’t
produce them anymore so I’ve gone for a really intense bright red which is as
close as I think I can get to what I think those colors would have looked like Now we know that red lipstick is kind of a uniform for the face, but tell me a bit about uniform and how that relates to the Second World War Well uniform becomes hugely prevalent at this time. During the war between a
quarter and a third of the population are entitled to wear some kind of
uniform whether they are fighting in the Forces, whether they’re working at home
in the Forces or even civilian workers as well, people like dock workers, nurses,
the land army – they’re all wearing some form of uniform. So it’s no surprise that
it starts to affect the way people are dressing in day-to-day life as well. It’s
also considered really bad form to be dressed in a very showy or expensive way
and even by spring 1940 we start seeing Vogue running adverts for clothing with a military touch So it’s really beginning to enter all areas of
fashion Now we couldn’t do a tutorial based on World War Two without talking about painted stockings and the effort that women would go to to look good in
difficult times Well stockings were rationed from 1941
so you had to use coupons to buy them Nylon stockings were a relatively new
invention from America but from 1942 nylon was also put towards the war
effort so they became even harder to get hold of. So where clothing was sparse,
makeup really stepped up to the job It did, and it didn’t Explain? We had some amazing suggestions from our audience about how women were painting their legs
to look like they’re wearing stockings, from boiled walnut shells to coffee and
tea bags and then also the famous gravy browning on the legs. Now you’ll notice
that Ella is wearing tights and there’s her reason for that. We tried gravy
browning. Gravy browning does not look good as stockings Ah, I see, I see It’s an interesting
colour and it’s a little bit sticky so we tried it, it didn’t work brilliantly.
There was also something else that we tried that didn’t work brilliantly but I
wanted to show it to you anyway I had a very clever model-maker friend
of mine make this – wow! I’m calling this, the seam machine! – brilliant! And we made this from a picture that
we found in the Smithsonian It’s a bicycle clip, it’s a
compass, it’s a screwdriver handle and it’s an eyebrow pencil – What a contraption! It’s amazing isn’t it? So you’re meant to use this to actually draw a stocking line up
the back of your own leg So the bicycle clip goes on your leg and you draw it upwards And how effective is it? I’d say slim-to-none. Not very good at
all! And interestingly we think that using gravy browning is actually a
little bit of a myth. Maybe like a newspaper good news story, something
that’s light-hearted but maybe not very many women were actually doing it So not something that was actually sort of widespread, used across the nation. But
there was leg makeup, right, that could be used? There absolutely was, yes. So companies
started to see that women were making their own way of making stockings so
many brands started to produce liquid stockings and and they were readily
available and also beauty bars started to populate in department stores where
you go and have your legs painted professionally using proper products for
three pence a leg, to make it look like you were wearing stockings Brilliant! Well Ella you look fantastic I’m going to leave you to get on with
the hair, and I’m going to go and find out more about the Wrens here at Dover What does your job entail at English Heritage? I look after and research collections from English Heritage sites
all over Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire including Dover Castle What were the tunnels here at Dover Castle used for during the Second World War? They were initially used as the command centre for naval operations in the
channel. They then expanded to include nearly four miles of tunnels over the
course of the war and that included a hospital section and a combined
headquarters for the army and the RAF as well as the Navy. From the tunnels you
have the organisation of the evacuation of Dunkirk and also this was used for an
awful lot of sort of air sea rescue work where planes had gone down or ships
had been sunk in the channel So it’s a really, really important space in terms of the war effort? Hugely important, yeah. Really, really important The Wrens played a really important part during the Second World War What exactly were they doing down here in the tunnels? They had a whole variety
of different tasks so for example there was a small group of German-speaking
Wrens who were monitoring German radio transmissions, there were groups that
were plotting the positions of ships and airplanes over the channel but also
administrative tasks, typing, cooking a whole variety of different roles Can you tell me what it would have been like down here in the early 1940s for these
women? When they first moved in the tunnels were really quite old at that
point, light levels were low and a colony of bats had moved in.The women had to
come through what they referred to as ‘bat alley’ in order to get down here.
They did improve but there was constantly sounds from the air being
pushed through the tunnels, in certain places you could hear what was going on
outside so you could hear the ships coming in and out you could hear bombs
dropping There were also rats down here. One woman went to sleep for a bit of a rest during her shift and woke up with a rat
crawling over her so not always the most pleasant place for them to be Generally speaking what were the Wren’s attitudes to the war effort? They were really keen to do their part. The women that were specifically here at Dover
could really see that what they were doing was impacting directly on the war
effort they could see how they were saving lives. And although they were under threat here, far more than in some other places, Dover
was constantly being shelled on a pretty much daily basis during the war, they
were very much taking that in their stride. One woman who worked here Mary
Horsfall actually got in trouble for laughing at the Prime Minister because
during a visit by Winston Churchill he asked her if she was afraid of all the
shelling and she burst out laughing and replied ‘no, no’. It wasn’t something that
she’d even thought of Wow, they were absolute heroes weren’t they Yeah Makeup served an important purpose in terms of boosting morale. How much makeup were the Wrens wearing in their day-to-service down here? Well they were certainly wearing makeup when they could get it It wasn’t always easy to access.
They talk about creams and powders and lipstick but the the environment down
here wasn’t necessarily the best for maintaining their look and one of them
talks about how disheartening it was leaving at the end of the day going out
into the bright sunshine and be able to see just how bad she’d looked because
unfortunately when she was down here she hadn’t been able to realise because of
the low light We’ve all been there! Kathryn, thank you so much. I’m going to go and see how our Wren is getting on You look incredible! Ella! Rebecca you
have done such an amazing job, this is so great. How have you created this hair? Thanks very much, I think she looks very ship-shape! Totally! So the hair we started
by pin curling it and I used a tip from our audience which suggested using sugar
mixed with water to create a setting lotion. So we set the pin curls in, brushed
them all out and then because Ella’s hair is quite long and it’s not at
regulation length, I had to make it look shorter so I used a hair rat. And
that is a stocking stuffed with hair that I’ve used to create this roll at the
back. Because if you were a Wren your hair had to be at collar length or above.
Now many women at this time we’re starting to get their hair cut off and
cropped because it was easier and it was cheaper and also a lot of women were
still having their hair permed even though it became quite expensive in the
war. And it could be a little bit difficult sometimes. There were stories
of women having their hair permed and being stuck under the perming machine
when the sirens went off, so it could be a little bit traumatic. So that’s our hair.
Tell me about this uniform, I love it so much You look amazing Ella. Well uniform is really specific form of dress. It’s
highly communicative. It’s supposed to foster pride in what you’re doing. Now in
terms of communication we can see the badge here this is the badge showing
Ella’s trade, you are a telegraphist which means you’re essentially working
in technical communications. You would have had specialist training for this.
It’s a very, very important role so you’re doing a really brilliant job. Now
in terms of how smart you look, that is certainly accurate because the Wrens
uniform was considered to be one of the chicest, one of the most flattering, one
of the most glamorous uniforms I guess of all of the Forces during the Second
World War. In fact we have accounts from some of the Wrens that were stationed
here at Dover that even talked about as well as being issued the uniform the
shirts etc etc they also got stockings or coupons for stockings which not all of the Forces did, so certainly very, very glamorous.
Now time was also of the essence here Another one of the Wrens from Dover, Wyn
Nixson, she talked about wearing half her clothes in bed to save her time when she
was getting ready in the morning I really like that idea, I might start adopting it for getting ready in the morning It’s a good tip It’s a really good tip! I think she looks absolutely amazing! Ella, how do you feel? I absolutely love it! I feel so smart and confident. It’s such an iconic look, I really feel like that time where women were helping with the war effort is incredible Yeah, it really is. And I’ve had so much fun
creating this look and using some of the homespun, homemade tips from our audience. I’m really grateful that they shared those tips with us. Some of them worked,
some of them were not so successful but I think you look great and I think now you
should head off to report for duty The humble makeup kit had a significant
role to play in boosting morale during the Second World War, as we’ve seen today. Cosmetics became a symbol of resilience and beauty was very much a duty for
British women everywhere Real stories of the people who made history
just like the Wrens here at Dover could not be told without the generous support
of the public. If you’d like to support English Heritage and their historic
places, click the link on your screen now Until next time, I’m Amber Butchart and
thanks for joining us here at Dover Castle

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  • We’re incredibly grateful to all of the women of the Second World War for their vast contributions to the war effort, that extend far beyond the realm of cosmetics. We would also like to extend our thanks to you, our viewers, for your suggestions that helped us to bring this history-inspired makeup tutorial to life.

    If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Wrens, we suggest taking a look at the Association of Wrens website: https://wrens.org.uk/history/

    The best way to learn more about Dover Castle’s role in the Second World War – and indeed across nine centuries of English history – is to plan a visit of your own. For more details, visit https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

  • I’m sorry but I can’t watch another video featuring that colour blind clown school drop out of a “fashion historian”. She is painful to look at and why would anyone believe a fashion historian with such horrendous taste.

  • I have knit and crochet patterns from the early 20's to modern day. So fine and elegant.

  • Yes!!! I love these makeup videos and I've been waiting for a 40s one!! (Also Rebecca's hair matches Amber's scarf and I think I love that as much as the rest of the video)

  • I have been waiting for this !!! My favorite of the series!! ❤️??

  • I knew that was Lisa Eldridge's lipstick the moment she opened it! An amazing red color!

  • Meme Mum should watch this!

  • Wow. I love this site. Thanks from Boston USA.

  • I LOVE that you utilized Lisa Eldridge’s Velvet Ribbon!!!

  • These poor models always look either awkward or try hard lol That's said, I love these videos ♡♡ I always learn something new & the end result us always great 🙂

  • A lot less carcinogens I hope

  • Love it! This is my favorite era in fashion and makeup, the ladies always were portrayed as strong, and resilient, yet beautiful. Nowadays I feel like makeup trends are going back in time, yet I always think they focus too much on aesthetics and not on historical accuracy. Thank you for sharing!

  • Simply lovely!

  • So interesting to learn about women who served in the armed forces in capacities other than nursing. I like that the makeup looks clean and put together, but isn’t overdone or sexualized like makeup today. Very classy and simple.

  • my grandmother (a young woman in America during WWII) said that though many women tried to paint their legs like stockings, it was extremely impractical and difficult and most quickly gave up on it. I’m sure anyone who has put self-tanner on their legs and had it smear on a hot day can probably understand why. she said even with the tools designed for the job—there were manufactured versions of that “machine” on the American market—drawing a seam down your calf was very tricky, and so it wasn’t terribly popular either. basically, if you couldn’t get ahold of stockings, you usually just went without.

  • Didnt it have something to do with the Nazi's preventing women from using makeup? Thought there was something about Hitler thinking it was unbecoming.
    Nvm, got to the section where they talk about it.

  • I don't know why, but the model gives me Claire Foy vibes. I love how I get to see the beautiful makeup and learn about history at the same time!

  • 6:54 Wait, the government is telling women that it's their patriotic duty to wear makeup, while at the same time taxing it as a luxury? Well, THAT'S hypocrisy!

  • I have a photo of my grandmother in her ATS uniform, leaning against the ambulance she drove. She only stopped wearing make up in her 80s, when her dementia worsened. I remember she always smelled faintly of Oil of Olay beauty fluid, and Corn Silk face powder.

  • My friend's mother-in-law said that she and all of her friends would go to their local auto repair garage where cars could be painted, and the guy who painted the fine detail lines on cars would use auto paint and paint the fake seam lines down the backs of their legs! She said the girls and women drew quite a crowd of boys and men when they came to get their lines painted, because they'd have to stand on a table and hold up their skirts above their knees so that the painter could make the lines for them.

  • The makeup artist looks extra paste-y. As if she’s only wearing a very pale foundation and a red lipstick – nothing else. Not particularly attractive

  • How does makeup help in keeping up the morale? I don’t see the link here someone please help!

  • Loved this, great work as always! Keep more episodes of this series coming!

  • If I had to choose between putting my sugar ration in my hair or in my tea, I'd choose the tea.

  • My grandma (who lived through the war) always cleaned plastic packaging and stored it cause "you never know when it'll come in handy"

  • Thank you for another wonderful video! Besame Cosmetics here in the States has some amazing lip colors based entirely off of various eras including the powder and red lip of the 40s. Amber and Rebecca, and beautiful model Ella, thank you for this!

  • "This is an original 1940 powder" I could see the model's face screaming on the inside…

  • A lot of young people want to start a Victory Garden. Could use a video on that.

  • Keep the vids coming ladies love them xxxxxx

  • Wauw I wish I had such a beautiful face

  • Maybe I feel weird because I am a brown person, but its weirding me out so much how the three women in the video seem to have the same faces, they look like theyre close family. Each time the angle changes, I feel I am tripping out, like some clone shit. What the fuck, I cant finish th video

  • This is an enjoyable video. I am very attracted to the 1940s style of women’s clothes.


  • More Rebecca and Amber, yessssss!
    This was so interesting and I love that you incorporated viewer tips into the final look, well done Rebecca! I wish I had the confidence to wear red lipstick.

  • 1:26 mins. Thanks for informing us the second world began in 1939 and lasted for six long years. Surely nobody out there in YouTube land is thick enough not to know that fact without being told of it.

  • whats the music please

  • Rebecca's hair and Amber's turban are a perfect match ?

  • Now at 71, I'm finally a joyful fright and sloven ?

  • I just wonder how British in Hong Kong during those times how they put make up
    Where they hide when Japanese invaded the colony of Hong Kong

  • What was the name of the intro song?

  • In the US my Aunts were part of the war effort. One was my 2x's great aunt and the other was my great aunt. They were aunt and niece to each other but only a few years apart in age. The older was a pinup model and the other drove trucks on an army base. They told me that they would draw black lines with charcoal and eyebrow pencils up the backs of their legs to make it look like they were wearing stockings. I have some of their food ration books.

  • This video is perfect for me. Makeup and history. I definitely would love to walk around there. I also want to visit the U.K. and Ireland soon and explore their history.

  • If I’d used gravy browning on my legs I’d be worried about the dog licking it off.

  • Cannot believe the silly pseudo-feminist makeup girl who says she doesn't know why only women were being encouraged not to get frumpy. Could it be something to do with the fact that most of the men were off getting killed and injured in the war? Good grief!!

  • Fashion magazines who had a stake in remaining relevant to sell you stuff encouraged the narrative that women should look a certain way to strengthen moral? Ya don't say?

  • She looks like Claire foy

  • I still have the ration book that was issued for me as a baby dated 1953 with about four coupons clipped out of it.

  • I like your nails ? ❤️

  • Could you please do a Queen Elizabeth II look from early in her reign?

  • Love this

  • Burnt cork was commonly used as a form of make-up in Scotland. I vaguely recall one of the older teachers, burning cork & applying it to my face, when I had a part in a early primary school stage musical. I also remember my Nana (a former WReN) "putting on her face" as she called it, while a tiny child in the early 70s. She still had her solid cake of mascara in a little blue pan with brush & lid, which she'd had for many years & she never had eye infections, despite her favoured application being via the 'spit & mix' method LOL. Solid mascara lasts almost forever, nothing like the modern stuff that we make-up artists are taught to replace monthly, while in beauty college.

  • My Mother told me they used coffee or onion skins soaked in water on legs and charcoal to draw stocking lines .Make do and mend was continued after the war.Jumble sales where used clothing and wool could be recycled.When matedial got goo shabby for clothes ,aprons were made from mixmatched fabric.

  • Gosh those wartime tunnels still scare me?

  • That’s a Lisa Eldridge lipstick! Cute

  • Who is the lipstick by??? Colour/Number/Brand?

    Thank you!! ?

  • My mum used rouge and lippy and always had dinky curls (that she split and devide into curls) under her turban her favourite perfume was A Night in Paris or 4-7-11 in a push ??

  • Anyone think the model looks like miley cyrus a bit

  • The fact that the turban and the hair matches makes me happy

  • So they wanted women to look good, madeup but not too madeup. Yet you had to use whatever you could find to use as makeup. Burning things to put in your eyes that could have potentially blinded you. And also spend too much money and coupons on products.

  • I love this series but preferred it without the music. I found it quite distracting.

  • I love these historical videos! Thank you so much.

  • I really like what she said “ beauty was a woman’s duty”. Think about how beautiful that is. In the middle of all the ugliness of the war. In the midst of the suffering and pain, the misery, the sadness, women stood as the last reminder of the beauty of the world. Beauty is such a necessary thing for humans. Women preserved that in an environment of despair and destruction. It’s lovely

  • Amazing video, as usual, thank you so much, please do more 🙂

  • I love these videos!! Keep them coming, please

  • It would be nicer if you showed the full complete look toward the end. It’s more of a surprise. You show it right in the beginning. Just an idea.

  • Beautiful model!!

  • Beauty as duty! How interesting. Love how colour co-ordinated Amber and Rebecca are in this video; they even match the background. Deliberate? And beetroot. Who knew! I might try this.

  • It seems Amber matched her turban to Rebecca's hair which is sort of distracting. The model, on the other hand is gorgeous before and after make-up.

  • UK: OMG, there were bats and rats! And it was quite hard to get makeup products!

    Russia: Nazi were filling wells with corpses in the villages. In Leningrad (St. Petersburg) 1,5 million people died starving.

  • Heritage of killers


  • As English Heritage makes these longer (yes, please, thank you – second to Mrs Crocombe, these are my favorite videos here!), please consider actually giving a more detailed tutorial on how hair is being styled!

  • Lol I'm 32 but was homeless at 16 and had very little money and I actually used the beetroot as blush and lip tint and the burnt cork as my eye makeup including eye liner I also used rice flower or white chalk crushed up as face powders. All of these I learnt from my great grandmother as a kid and they did me well until I was on my feet and had a ok paying job. I actually still use the white chalk as a face powder/setting powder as I'm a very pale redhead.
    Lol little add on I still use sugar water as a setting spray for my hair and my girls hair if we want to put our hair in curls and it's the only way our hair will stay in nice organized curls.

  • Besame Cosmetics! They remake the exact lipsticks!

  • I love that y'all used LBCC historical cosmetic's vanishing cream! Their products are great and highly recommend to anyone interested in historical skincare or cosmetics!

  • I feel like the gravy browning hack was the original impossible pinterest diy

  • I like the video, but I had to laugh at 21:16 when she was 'typing' with no paper.

  • So accurate and realistic

  • The models face says it all

  • I love these historical makeup tutorials. Very interesting and well done and thoroughly researched.

  • I’m in love with a good red lip ?

  • The model looks like Claire Foy from The Crown

  • My grandmother always used vanishing cream and it was a mystery for me till this day so thank you 🙂 And I can't compare myself with WWII women but for my personal war with an autoimmune disease, red lipstick is a resilience symbol to me too!

  • Rice water can also be used as a setting lotion for the hair. And how on earth did she get hold of a powder that old! And how is it still in the powder form

  • OMG… Lisa Eldridges lipstick ?

  • The model look horrified that you're putting 80 year old make up on her

  • 1940's makeup: …

    Me a crazy marvel fan: PEGGYYYY

  • My grandmother always told me about helping her older sister draw lines on the back of her legs

  • Tudor beauty next please!!!!!

  • I love 1940's makeup! I love the fact that the face and eye makeup were really toned down to make the bright matte red lips really pop!

  • I know it's an American company, but have you looked into besame cosmetics? They have an authentic WWll red, called Victory Red. The co. specializes on historical formulas, colors and the research that goes into the cosmetics is amazing.

  • I like how in the 1930's make up video, Rebecca spared the model from having to wear soot mixed with Vaseline as eyeliner. I can only deduce that they hate this model, or burnt cork mixed with Vaseline straight to the lashes is somehow less dangerous for the eyes.

  • Classic make up

  • I need that hair tutorial!!!

  • Army female here!!! I really wish women could wear a red lip in dress uniform in the U.S. soooooo pretty ? these women and U.S. women paved the way for us. So grateful. ❤️

  • Amber and Rebeccas hair and scarf kind of match

  • Wow this series is always so great love you guys! ❤️

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