History Lesson: The First Lady + Contraband Cosmetics
As as Washingtonian, I've admired the style and grace of the first ladies throughout history. Jackie O was a vision in her chanel tweed suits and michelle obama always looks stunning in JAson Wu. during the 17th Century, Louisa Adams expressed herself using contraband makeup, as described in a recent article in the CUT. However, makeup wasn't always acceptable in polite society.
Here are the recipes that Louisa Catherine Adams documented for cosmeticks. Would you try any of these?
The process of making face powder required a pound of rice, fresh spring water, and a thin sheet of lead; it took more than a month.
Lipstick was easier: “a little Brazil wood and white vinegar boiled a minute or two.”
For rouge, “cambric muslin dipped in pokeberry juice and dried is a harmless preparation