We have six grandaughters. four of whom are teenagers. A glimpse on top of their bedroom or bathroom shelves reveals an alchemists hidden treasure trove of ointments, creams and powders. We’re talking about makeup! Then there are the necessary tools to apply all these. Indeed, one grandaughter has no less than three open topped glass jars packed with brushes (tips up), which she assures us is absolutely essential to her appearance.
This got us talking about how things were back in our day, when all a girl needed was some lipstick, some powder and some mascara. Perhaps the occasional eyeliner too.
Of course, these essential items were carried around in a handbag – just the thing for fixing your makeup on the go. Terry doesn’t remember ever doing this but then he would say that, wouldn’t he?
A teenage girl would need a small suitcase to carry all her beauty aids today.
Jenny remembers that everytime you wanted to use the mascara brush you always had to spit on the bristles to moisten the black waxy gunk before applying to the eyelashes. Perhaps the manufacturers expected users to add a drop of water but certainly Jenny and every woman she knew just simply spat on the brush or the wax itself.
Incidentally, this “black waxy gunk” is usually made from a mixture of iron oxides and titanium dioxide and some natural oil, like lanolin for instance. Beeswax is sometimes added to help with the consistency. Some mascaras that sparkle or shimmer may have fish scales added. Fish scales for shimmer are often used in lipstick too.
Today we have a vast amount of choices when choosing mascara. Products to make lashes longer, to make them thicker, non clumping, waterproof and a vast rainbow of colours. Jenny recalls a time when you could choose only black or brown!
Back in the day, Jenny might have spent up to half an hour preparing her face before a big date – our granddaughters tell us they might take up to two hours, trying different styles, colours and applications.
Thought we’d attach Joe Turner’s song, “Lipstick, Powder & Paint” an old classic from 1956. We hope you like this song from the old blues shouter it as much as we do:
Guess that’s all for now, thanks for stopping by. Until next time, make sure you Keep On Rockin”
The Golden Rockers
P.S. What ever happened to compacts?