The Finishing Touch: Cosmetis Through the Ages
ISBN: 0712357521
EAN13: 9780712357524
Language: English
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 7.00" L x 7.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Finishing Touch: Cosmetis Through the Ages

Book Overview
The quest for physical beauty is essentially as old as Woman herself, according to A Complete Guide to Personal Loveliness from 1937. This fascinating new book explores some of the materials and methods that women and men have used in the past to enhance or hold on to their looks. Julian Walker opens up a curious, sometimes uncomfortable history of the human need to look beautiful. He reveals dozens of the (occasionally desperate) ways in which people have tried to make themselves more attractive. The book tells a story of ingenuity and imagination, but also of self-delusion, trickery, and exploitation. Among the bizarre home remedies and grotesque commercial innovations featured are a face wash based on minced and boiled pigeons; bear's grease used as a hair conditioner; a recipe for horseradish stirred into sour milk to lighten a tan; an Anglo-Saxon prescription for cosmetic surgery; and ways to prevent mice from infesting elaborate wigs.