A 1930s guide to beauty
|You can tell it's 1930s from the cover.|
I think New Era must have published books for professional people as the hairstyling book is clearly aimed at hairdressers, and this one is definitely for people interested in becoming beauty therapists. As well as chapters of facial exercises, face masks and the like, there are sections on things like 'The use of electrolysis in the beauty parlour' and 'The characteristics of various types of clients'. There are even recipes so the aspiring practitioner can sell her clients her own range of lotions and creams.
|Eyelash curlers haven't changed |
much in 80 years.
Oddly, there's very little in the book about colours, although the most frequently-mentioned eyeshadow colours are green and mauve. Verni doesn't think blue suits many people at all. Red, coral and natural are the colours cited for nail vanish, used only on the pink part of the nail, not on the half-moon or the white tip.
This book was a really lovely gift from my workmates. I might try out some of the exercises, but I don't think I'll bother with the skin bleach or drinking the juice of four lemons for breakfast...