|Skogaholm's manor house was built around 1690 and was extensively remade a 100 years later.|
There is also dancing, lectures in fashion and concerts. Especially yesterday, as Carl Michael Bellman, an 18th century poet and songwriter, is one of the most important persons in Swedish musical history. So to the delight of quite a number of tourists I took the opportunity to try out some of my beauty recipes on some friends instead of myself.
Martin, my first victim. Men did use makeup in the 18th century and depending on amount, social class and year, it didn't have to raise eyebrows or ire. The makeup was done in the same way as for women, when it came to cosmetics and perfume, the 18th century was unisex.
|Martin au naturelle|
The makeup were done outside the vanity at Skogaholm. Well, outside one of them.
I painted Martin with the white paint I made for Sala, white pigment in Flower-de-Luce water. I have a confession to make, though. I was totally convinced that I had used Titanium dioxide as pigment, but when I went through my ingredient stash I found that I had used the Zinc instead! Bad Isis, no cookie! Well, not that it mattered much, but it's good to the right ingredient. Zinc doesn't cover as well as Titanium, but I thought it looks quite nice. I do need to make a version with Titanium though, to compare.
For cheeks and lips I used the salve with Iron oxide as pigment. It has softened a lot since I made it and it is no longer difficult to use.
Burning a clove and then using it to darken Martin's eyebrows.
A smiling Martin, hopefully because he is so satisfied with the result...
Marianne au naturel.
We decided on the grey hair powder.
I had white powder in my hair.
On Marianne I used the Spanish white. Though not at all opaque it did a rather good job whitening her skin, as well as the added lustre. She reported, not surprisingly, that the fat creme made it rather uncomfortable to wear in the hot weather. We agreed that we should try it again at the Winter picnic, and see if it is nicer to use in cold weather.
With white paint, you just can't stop when the face is done...
On Marianne I used the red salve with Alkanet root as pigment.
Marianne in full makeup. It was very hard to capture the luminous quality the Spanish White gave her face. It looked it's very best if you saw her from a little distance and I really think this makeup would look at it's best in the evening in a room full of candles.
To compare, I painted one of Marianne's arms in the Flower-de-Luce white paint and here you can clearly see how much whiter it actually makes her natural olive skin tone. You can also see the difference between the matte paint on the arms and the shiny paint on her bosom.
For some peculiar reason my husband, who was drafted into taking the pictures, sometimes stopped taking pictures of the makeup...
Tove, dressed as she was in a chemise a la reine, needed a more natural makeup. Again to compare, I used the same red on lips and cheeks as I did on Marianne, but with a lighter touch.
I also made a modern version of Marianne's face paint- I just powdered Tove's face with face powder containing the same pigment as the Spanish White, Mica and Titanium dioxide and the result got very pretty, if not as heavy as Marianne's makeup.
Caroline had already put on makeup, but as she had used some of the lip salve with Iron oxide, it didn't matter. She kindly allowed me to powder her hair instead.
Bear fat was thought the most excellent grease for making hair powder stick, but I had none at hand and used modern hair wax instead.
I used the grey hair powder on Caroline as well. The difference in hair colour made Marianne's powdered hair look grey, when Caroline turned ash blonde.
It was all great fun and my models deserve a big thank you for letting me mess with them. This was all rather improvised, and I would like to do this again. I would really like experiment with the look of powder depending on the models own hair colour- and take better pictures. And, of course, there are more recipes on both white and red paint that I have yet to try.