My shelf of vintage beauty manuals is now groaning, and quite literally it seems, crying out to be shared! So here's the first of what I hope will be a series of beauty tips, gleaned from their pages...
We may not enjoy the lifestyles of 1930s starlets, but we can have their glowing complexions. All it takes is an egg and some powdered milk... at least, according the wonderful 1935 book "Every Woman's Health & Beauty".
Here's its recipe for the perfect Hollywood mask, taken from the chapter "Complexion Loveliness":
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Mixing your 1930s face mask
"Take one egg and a tablespoon of powdered milk (any of the babies' foods can be used). First prepare the pack by beating the egg and mixing with the powdered milk until you have a thick creamy liquid."
The guide continues...
"Without drying your face spread on the pack with your fingers, taking it well below the jaw bones, right up to the eyes and all over the forehead and temples."
"The pack will dry quite hard and stiff in three to four minutes, but it should be left on for ten in order to get the full benefit from it. At the end of this time sponge it all off with tepid water and dry gently."