Women of the time considered make up and
cosmetics nothing more than "face paints". The thought of make up made
some women cringe. Cosmetics were reserved for the women who perferred
the night life of bars and saloons, meaning the prostitutes. So if a
normal woman wore make up, she was taking the risk of
being catagorized with the "ladies of the evening".
But if attending a ball or wedding, a woman
would wear some make up. They had the rouge, which is like the liquid
foundation of today and used powder to even out the tone of skin
and as deodorant. Pale complexions were the fashion, as were
pale lips. Being pale was considered pretty because it meant that you
were not out in the sun working all day, that you spent your
leisure time in doors.
They would apply rouge on the cheek bones and at
the corner of each eye, then cover with powder. To achieve the pale
lips, they would dap just a dot of rouge in the middle of their