1930s advice on colours
"Black is the intensity of all colour; therefore to wear it one must be prepared to feel interesting and alert, intense in every detail, faultlessly groomed, unworried and glowing in a clean fresh sort of way. Black should not be worn simply because it is the only clothing without colour, and because it does not show the dirt, but because it is arresting. A deep-coloured lipstick, and plenty of gloss on the hair and eyebrows, will suggest the wearer is "alive".
"Brown is kind to people with dark or light brown or hazel eyes. Just a few shades darker than a warm brown eye is a perfect choice of colouring, especially if worn in large, simple masses. Cream or pink skin-colouring must be assured, for brown brings out more brown in the complexion, and sallowness must be avoided at all costs. Only lipstick and warm-coloured rouge should be used.
"Beige is an easy colour to wear because green, blue or pink can be introduced in small quantities by means of any favourite string of beads. All hair from golden to black (except mouse-grey) can be seen happily with beige, and as long as the eyes are not blue, almost any eye fits in with the many lights and shades playing over beige in its darker and lighter tones. It compels cleanliness and good grooming, and does not insist on any extreme make-up.
"Blue is a colour that very few people should wear, because it draws all the natural warmth from the face, accentuates lines, fills hollows with a greyish blue of its own reflection, changes deep pink to pale cream, and generally creates an illusion of yellow or drab over everything that is not of its own composition."
|I hope that's not blue, Nora Charles!|
"Green is easier for all eyes but blue, and for all skins but the purple red, and that can be tones with a faintly green powder at night or for wear with artificial light. Jade green is for the black-haired, exotic girl, the type who should wear jade necklaces and earrings, or for the very fair.
"Grey is for the woman who depends on her grooming for effect. Pale pearl-grey and pale golden hair is arrestingly beautiful, but grooming must come first, and the grey clothing must be extremely well cut.
"Red reflects warmth, and will provide a colour for the pale. It challenges the make-up more than natural colour, and those who choose a lipstick for use with a red dress must have the red with them - a memory of it is not enough; nothing is more mistaken than a bright orange-red lipstick with a deeper red dress. Deep, glowing red will need a deeper lipstick, but very little or no rouge, and the darkets brown eyebrow and lash colouring and warm-brown eye shadows.
"Violet needs warm red lipstick, very dark brows and lashes, a little rouge, and very brilliant head grooming. It is not for the casual curls, but for slender elegance in hair dressing.
"White is for the deeply sunburned [suntanned] and the naturally ruddy of any age."
|BLUUUUUUUE! And fab.|