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Victorian women were certainly very stylish. Much of their identities were defined by the clothes they wore, how they styled their hair, and how they presented themselves in public. Because of this, they had a plethora of beauty secrets that kept them looking their best at all times.
While we live in a more advanced society where we have tons of tools to make ourselves look beautiful, there is something to be garnered by taking a page from the women that have come before us. Although in some ways simplistic, the beauty secrets of Victorian women are also ingenious. There are certainly ways for modern women to utilize style and beauty tips from women who lived during the Victorian Era.

Minimal Makeup

Makeup wasn’t favored in Victorian societies. In fact, wearing rouge or “face paints” was associated with prostitutes, actresses, or lower class women. Respectable women avoided this at all costs, and instead opted for a simple routine that let their natural beauty shine. A soft dusting of transparent powder was used to brighten the complexion and was only sometimes accompanied by the lightest touch of blush on the cheeks.

The Modern Take…

While our modern view of makeup has certainly changed, there is something to be said about a fresh-faced look. Embrace this Victorian trend by trying out a truly minimalistic makeup routine. Try using only a subtle tinted moisturizer, transparent powder, and mascara to enhance – not hide – your natural beauty.

Pale Was Perfect

Queen Victoria was the standard of beauty during this time period, and her porcelain, pale complexion was highly coveted. This caused women to want to maintain a fresh, pale appearance that reflected the look of royalty. Staying out of the sun was incredibly important to the beauty routine of women during this time period, making parasols and brimmed hats a must-have accessory in order to maintain a flawless complexion.

The Modern Take…

While tan skin is often considered “in style” in the modern era, there are countless dangers associated with harmful UV rays, especially the artificial ones created by tanning beds. Take a page out of the Victorian beauty play-book and stay out of the sun. Consistent use of a facial sunscreen with a high SPF is imperative. This will maintain your skin’s appearance, decrease visible signs of aging, and help you maintain a youthful glow that Victorian women would have envied.

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22 Thoughts to “The Beauty Secrets of a Victorian Woman”

  1. Krishna Maharana

    Interesting review

  2. No minimal make up is something I appreciate a lot

  3. Noorain

    Wow thank you so much for this post this was very informative article to read. It’s always a pleasure to read about some history.

  4. interesting makeup related information

  5. Priya

    Nice to read about beauty in the past

  6. Beautiful, amazing magnificent – it is all about the Victorian era. The Victorian Era is one of my favourite historical periods too.

  7. Wow.. interesting to see how ideas and opinions about certain things change over time. It may be due to development or simply the thought perspective

  8. Rakhi

    Wow this is such an interesting take on Victorian beauty and how they.mamaged to look flawless. I loved the modern take mentioned by you on maintaining good skin and looking flawless.

  9. Vishakha Vij

    This was so informative! Great content ?

  10. Good to know about the Victorian women and their minimalistic yet elegance in the beauty.

  11. What an informative post to read. Thanks for the insight!

  12. This is one nice style and beauty, Appreciate the get up.

  13. This was absolutely informative

  14. With passing ages, our perception of beauty also keeps on changing. Its interesting to know in details about the concept of beauty during the Victorian era.

  15. It was a virtual tour to the Victorian era! Got to know so many things about Victorian fashion.

  16. I never knew abt this yes but heard that those times used to be less makeup and more beauty and now its otherway

  17. Mrinal Kiran

    Both the aspects are interesting! Letting the natural beauty shine bright and protecting it from fading away! Definitely amazing!

  18. I absolutely loved reading this. Very interesting. No makeup makeup looks have been a THING since then i guess

  19. Khushboo

    I too love minimal makeup. That was a very informative post about Victoria era. Thanks for sharing it.

  20. I am so glad to see this post – this gives me a sign that the trend is going to shift back to natural – which is beautiful and more healthy as well in my personal opinion!

  21. While reading this I remembered watching Kate Blanchett’s transformation in Elizabeth. It was phenomenal.

  22. tanaya

    Interesting read. They all looked so beautiful during that time. Recently, I also read an article on how lingerie also has a history back in the victorian time. Pretty cool read. https://intimatenation.com/your-undergarments-have-a-chapter-in-the-history-book/

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