A Lash Into The Past Pt II: Early 1900s | Makeup Trends | Luxe Lashes

Arielle Davis talks beauty trends of the early 1900s!

Last month, we began a fun series about makeup trends! Last month, we talked “A Lash Into The Past Pt. I: Lash Extensions.” This month? We are looking at trends throughout the decades! It’s so fun to see how trends come and go! 

Prior to the 20th century, influences from the general population, religions and fashion leaders cast a judging eye shadow over the world of cosmetics. But with the rise of chemistry, industry, communications between countries and continents and ballet, stage art, film and photography, looks began to change!

Let’s take a look into the lashes of the early 1900s! All natural, light skin, blushed cheeks. Heavier makeup was associated with certain women of the night, and thus avoided. Natural tones, however, with a healthy pink-cheek look were the preferred look. Combinations of a red beet juice or a quick little pinch of the cheeks was the go-to blush for the day. As for the eyes? Women would make their own mascara by melting hot beads of black wax to the tips of their eyelashes!

Luckily, by 1914 things began to change. With the introduction of black and white photography, actors and stage dancers required heavier stage makeup. This led to chemists, cosmetologists and fashion designers investing their time to develop makeup that adapted to this new, thriving industry! A man named Max Factor was one of these innovators who had opened the first makeup salon in LA in 1909. In 1924, Mr. Factor created the first makeup for film, “Flexible Greasepaint,” to make actors appear more human on screen! In 1918, he introduced something I know we all know and love, “Color Harmony,” coordinating makeup shades with a woman’s natural complexion, eye, and hair color!

Things get a lot more dramatic from here, beauties. Stay-tuned for next month’s Lash Into the Past!

Caroline Kalentzos