British Pathe 1950s cosmetics film-
The preparation of 1950s cosmetics is an art that would intrigue any scientist.
In the mixing of face powders for example, many factors have to be taken in to consideration before the right formula is ascertained.
A source of amazement to anyone but the beautician is the number of surprisingly vivid colours that go in to any preparation. Yet after a thorough and expert blending, that kaleidoscope of colour produces one rather subdued shade.
Cosmetics are an art today but funnily enough at the end of the 17th century, an act was passed whereby a man was entitled to divorce his wife if she wore cosmetics! The act also applied to false teeth, false hair and stays, because they were akin …to witchcraft !
In practically every sphere, progress has taken things almost beyond recognition, but with something rather personal like cosmetics, however something really new is this process called ‘ pressing blending powder into a compact’, a machine that’s capable of exerting a pressure of two tons!
We’re sorry we can’t give you the formula for this powder, it’s strictly tip top secret, but needless to say, women, shrewd as they are ..prefer it that way !
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