Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Make-up the 18th century way?

Fancy a new look for 2014?   Or is it 1714?   In this handy video clip, make-up expert  Alice Moulinet  advises on how to achieve the perfect maquillage for the 18th-century party season...........

1. You will need:  White foundation, loose white powder,  dark red paint for lips, red blusher. Brushes for powder, foundation and blusher, and for lips and eyeliner.  Eyeliner is used to add the characteristic 18th century "beauty spot". ("la mouche")

2.  For the face:  Use generous amounts of make up.  Take a quantity of white foundation in your hand and apply with the aid of a brush. Use a tapping motion to apply thickly.  Do not hesitate to load your brush as foundation was applied very thickly in the 18th century.  But be careful not to get it in your eyebrows.  Smooth it down and take the edges right up to the roots of your hair using the smallest brush. Now apply the powder.  Then take the red blusher and apply to your cheeks. Use the correct brush and make circular movements in such a way that the rouge remains thick and well-defined.

3.To emphasise the lips:  Take the dark red lip colour and apply several layers using the special brush.  The lips must be well covered to preserve the heavily made-up effect.

4. To finish: apply a beauty spot in the place of your choice, using a small quantity of eye-liner on a fine brush.  Find a suitable spot on your face or cleavage - positioning is significant and symbolic.  Near the eye reflects a passionate woman.  On the lip, a frivolous woman or a coquette.  On the nose, daring and cheeky.  On the forehead, proud.  On the cheek, amorous. On the chest generous and warmhearted.   There is an option for every personality; it is up to you to decide!


  1. I think it may be interesting to try this with the original cosmetics:

    1. Agreed. This video is quite fun but the preparations are wrong - to judge from portraits, the white make up was much more translucent and less mask-like in effect. Best steer clear of the lead compounds though!