Elizabethan Make-up - a comment dating back to 1583!
During the Elizabethan era pamphlets were printed and distributed commenting on life in Elizabethan England. A writer of one such pamphlet was a well travelled Londoner called Philip Stubbes. He was believed to have been born c1555 and died c1610. He was well educated and attended both Oxford and Cambridge University. He was also a strict Elizabethan Puritan and held firm views on any social practices which, in his view were, unfitting true Christians. He named his work " The Anatomie of Abuses " in which he strongly criticised many of the fashions and clothing worn during the Elizabethan era. It was entered in the Stationers' Register on 1 March 1583. This pamphlet includes his view and some valuable information about Elizabethan Make-up
"The women of Ailgna use to colour their faces with certain oyles, liquors, unguents and waters made to that end, whereby they think their beautie is greatly decored : ...I holde this for a Maxime, that they are made of many mixtures, and sundry compounde simples, bothe farre fetched and deer bought, cunningly couched together, and tempered with many goodly condiments and holsome confections, I warrant you."
Interesting Facts and Information about Elizabethan Make-up
Some interesting facts and information about Clothing & Fashion - Elizabethan make-up included mineral makeup which was a loose powder foundation that women used as a base for their make-up, unfortunately they also lightened their complexion using a poisonous mixture of vinegar and white lead called ceruse, prior to the Elizabethan Era it had been considered vulgar to wear make-up and the use of perfume had been frowned upon by the upper classes.
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