Master Iconic 18th Century Hair and Makeup TechniquesEver wondered how Marie Antoinette achieved her sky-high hairstyle or how women in the 1700s created their voluminous frizz hairdos? The American D... more
The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty Reviews
- This book is definitely more about hairstyles than 18th century makeup and accessories. I could this this being useful for cosplayers, LARP-ers, Halloween, parades, etc. The book gives you step-by-step directions and images to follow. It also provides a list of everything you will need beforehand (most of these require hair extensions or some type of volumizer to create the fullest look. You could tease, but some of these are so elaborate you'd need extensions, otherwise you'd had to shave your ... more
- Nice hairdos, skip the caps and the lip-balm.I'm not quite sure about this book. The hairdos were certainly inspirational, but I found myself moaning 'jeez, not ANOTHER cap-tutorial' every couple of pages. They really get quite boring after the first two or three since the method of construction doesn't differ all that much. You might have easily made two books out of this - one for cosmetics and hairdos, one for the sewing of head-covers. I see how they wanted to repeat the structure of the fir... more
- Fantastic companion to the first book. The instructions are clear and accompanied by excellent photographs of all key steps. Only a couple of nitpicks:I wish there was a bit more about make up. It is in the title of the book after all! But all there is a page or two mythbusting white make up and a couple of recipes for rouge and lip colour. A few more pages about the general style of Georgian make up and how to achieve an authentic looking application would have been great. It's no good having t... more
- I loved reading this! I haven't sewn in over two decades so for me the beauty recipes and the history were so interesting. This is a part of history I've always been interested in, those quiet moments before one goes out to face the world.I've been a fan of American Duchess for a few years. Even though I don't sew their writing is engaging and interesting for any history fan and this book is no different. I only gave it 4 stars because I haven't tried to recipes myself yet.