Good morning, all. I’m fast approaching another deadline, this one for the next installment in my Charity House series. Book Eight, HIS MOST SUITABLE BRIDE, will be a September 2014 release, but is due on my editor’s desk in three weeks so I’m working fast and furiously to get the story complete. Today, I’m working on a scene where my heroine is getting dressed for an evening at the theater.
What would that process entail?
Here are a few tips for a Victorian Lady’s Maid she might consider employing on her own (or perhaps not).
- How to blacken eyelashes and eyebrows: Rub them often with elderberries. A burnt cork would work equally as well.
- How to rouge cheeks: Fine carmine, properly pulverized of course, can be rubbed on the cheeks for added color with safety and effect. This process gives the most natural tone to the complexion and imparts a brilliancy to the eyes without detracting from the softness of the skin.
- How to make your own cold cream: Melt together white wax, spermaceti, two ounces of olive oil. Add, also, two ounces of rosewater and a half ounce of orange-flower-water. Rub together until all ingredients form the consistency of a cream.
- How to make a wash for the teeth and gums: Mix together the juice of half a lemon, a spoonful of very rough claret or port wine, ten grains of sulphate of quinine, a few drops of Eau de Cologne, or oil of bergamot. Store in a well-stopped vial.
- How to make a lye for strengthening the hair: Take two handfuls of the root of hemp, same quantity of the roots of a maiden vine, same quantity the cores of soft cabbages. Dry and burn these ingredients and make a lye from the ashes. Rub your hair well with honey before distributing this lye.