How to Do Your Makeup Like Queen Elizabeth I- Sans the Poison

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There’s nothing more modern than a sleek makeup compact filled with safe and effective ingredients. But, the concept of makeup is not at all a new thing. Makeup went through a rough patch when it was associated with actresses and prostitutes, but otherwise has enjoyed a very long history, especially among the upper classes. Case in point was Queen Elizabeth I who famously painted her face up in ceruse white with carmine lips every single day. The trouble was that ceruse white makeup was lead-based and poisoned the user over time, making their skin truly unsightly in the process.

Get a look inside how the queen got her look, without all the poison, in the video below from the English Heritage Trust, an organization which cares for hundreds of Britain’s historical buildings and presents the cheeky historical makeup tutorial now and again.

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The makeup shop that time forgot: Click “Next” below!

A lover of antiques and a collector of all things vintage, discovering treasures has always been a passion for Rose. Once a seller of antiques, collecting early 20th century advertising art has become her main focus, in addition to studying and writing about history.
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