The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty: 40 Projects for Period-Accurate Hairstyles, Makeup and Accessories

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty: 40 Projects for Period-Accurate Hairstyles, Makeup and Accessories

Master Iconic 18th Century Hair and Makeup TechniquesEver wondered how Marie Antoinette achieved her sky-high hairstyle or how women in the 1700s created their voluminous frizz hairdos? The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty answers all your Georgian beauty questions—and teaches you all you need to know to recreate the styles yourself.Learn how to whip up your...

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Title:The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty: 40 Projects for Period-Accurate Hairstyles, Makeup and Accessories
Author:Lauren Stowell
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  • Prince William Public Library System

    This book is definitely more about hairstyles than 18th century makeup and accessories. I could this this being useful for cosplayers, LARP-ers, Halloween, parades, etc. The book gives you step-by-step directions and images to follow. It also provides a list of everything you will need beforehand (most of these require hair extensions or some type of volumizer to create the fullest look. You could tease, but some of these are so elaborate you'd need extensions, otherwise you'd had to shave your

    This book is definitely more about hairstyles than 18th century makeup and accessories. I could this this being useful for cosplayers, LARP-ers, Halloween, parades, etc. The book gives you step-by-step directions and images to follow. It also provides a list of everything you will need beforehand (most of these require hair extensions or some type of volumizer to create the fullest look. You could tease, but some of these are so elaborate you'd need extensions, otherwise you'd had to shave your head to undo all of that teasing).

    Perhaps if I attend the Williamburg Christmas parade, I'll revisit this one. It's super interesting, and provides historical explanations of hair and other sartorial choices of the 18th century.

    -Amanda

  • Mary

    Like many other reviewers, I would've liked to see more in the way of makeup. The instructions were good, and the pictures informative, so it's definitely not a bad book.

  • Rachel

    I loved reading this! I haven't sewn in over two decades so for me the beauty recipes and the history were so interesting. This is a part of history I've always been interested in, those quiet moments before one goes out to face the world.

    I've been a fan of

    for a few years. Even though I don't sew their writing is engaging and interesting for any history fan and this book is no different. I only gave it 4 stars because I haven't tried to recipes myself yet.

  • Charlotte

    Fantastic companion to the first book. The instructions are clear and accompanied by excellent photographs of all key steps.

    Only a couple of nitpicks:

    I wish there was a bit more about make up. It is in the title of the book after all! But all there is a page or two mythbusting white make up and a couple of recipes for rouge and lip colour. A few more pages about the general style of Georgian make up and how to achieve an authentic looking application would have been great. It's no good having

    Fantastic companion to the first book. The instructions are clear and accompanied by excellent photographs of all key steps.

    Only a couple of nitpicks:

    I wish there was a bit more about make up. It is in the title of the book after all! But all there is a page or two mythbusting white make up and a couple of recipes for rouge and lip colour. A few more pages about the general style of Georgian make up and how to achieve an authentic looking application would have been great. It's no good having the frock and the hair if your make up doesn't match!

    I also would have loved a bit more history about haircare. Abby talks about following an 18th C regime for a year to mythbust it, but doesn't really explain what that regime actually was? An extra paragraph or two explaining what a typical routine was would have been fascinating.

  • Goldkehlchen20

    Nice hairdos, skip the caps and the lip-balm.

    I'm not quite sure about this book. The hairdos were certainly inspirational, but I found myself moaning 'jeez, not ANOTHER cap-tutorial' every couple of pages. They really get quite boring after the first two or three since the method of construction doesn't differ all that much. You might have easily made two books out of this - one for cosmetics and hairdos, one for the sewing of head-covers. I see how they wanted to repeat the structure of the

    Nice hairdos, skip the caps and the lip-balm.

    I'm not quite sure about this book. The hairdos were certainly inspirational, but I found myself moaning 'jeez, not ANOTHER cap-tutorial' every couple of pages. They really get quite boring after the first two or three since the method of construction doesn't differ all that much. You might have easily made two books out of this - one for cosmetics and hairdos, one for the sewing of head-covers. I see how they wanted to repeat the structure of the first book, but given the amount of hairdos they picked it ended up seeming a bit rushed.

    They seem to have cut down on the historical background information. Especially the part written by Cheyney McKnight was too short for my liking since I found that part very interesting. I was very disappointed to find that it was all squeezed into two pages and that's it. I'm subscribed to her YT-channel so I'll be able to learn more from her (which I recommend to everyone interested in this subject btw), but that segment in the book was quite the missed opportunity.

    The cosmetic-part felt a little short. For one, I was missing something on the lotions etc. that were frequently used in that time. There also wasn't a proper explanation as to how people back then cleaned their hair, just a modern-day life-hack. I wish that had been elaborated on.

    Making some of the recipes will be quite difficult for me, since I live in Europe. Most of the fat-ingredients used seem to arrive already cleaned and rendered, which is nice if you live in America and can order the same products ready to use (I think they have a pre-packaged set for that use specifically now). I'd have to find a friendly butcher and figure out how to prepare the fat by myself.

    The red colour from the lip-balm I won't be able to buy at all since it's use for food and cosmetics is prohibited in Europe (Alkanet is apparently poisonous and is also suspected of causing cancer) and it's difficult to get for that reason. I'd skip that one anyway I think, considering the potential health-risk.

  • Sarah

    many instructions not thorough enough imo. frequently told to "make measurements smaller," "adjust to your head size" without detailing how, so i would not recommend to those with no experience sewing or doing hair

  • Danielle

    How to do the hairstyles of the time recipes. I wanted more makeup information and the context behind why they did what styles and materials.

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