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 Zsa Zsa

 I love the silent film starlet look. I've got everything down except for the pallor mortis. How did women achieve the ultra white skin back then? I've been using an over the counter skin whitener, but I wondering if there were other options.

 Janet:

  The 1920s Vamp had a pale face, dramatic eyes and eyebrows and crimson lips. The basic look was powdered and pale. Women used loose powder, slightly lighter than their natural color, and never applied it to their bare skin. They would apply powder on a puff to their face (still moist from facial cream) to create a pasty look. The modern method is to apply foundation and dust all over with powder. For a very pale look, use Ivory instead of a translucent powder. Do not apply rouge...the entire face should be kept pale except for the eye area and lips. The Vintage Face, period looks from the 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s, by Daniela Turudich and Angela Bjork is an excellent resource for vintage makeup tips and instructions.


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1/3/2003 11:05:59 PM

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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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