Downton Abbey Beauty: Washing Your Hair is So Déclassé

I love Downton Abbey and I find their skin drool-worthy. Sure, it's all lighting and makeup, but I want to have skin like that! Needless to say, I've spent a lot of time poring over how to get the look and what they would have actually done. Take a look at the list and tell me if you are made of the stuff to be a Lady (I'm probably not.)

1. Makeup was only worn by stage performers and ladies of the night. It was considered low rent to need makeup, as a Lady should be so lovely naturally. Large-brimmed hats ensured the sun never touched the face and outdoor activities always included a structure of sorts to protect from the sun. Gloss occasionally adorned the lips of some, but it was a well thought out event and not something you just used willy-nilly.

2. Ladies of that time did not cut their hair. Nor did they wear it down, once they became ready to marry. They also didn't wash it often. And by often, I mean once or twice per month was considered normal (maybe Adele was onto something?)

3. Mascara was never worn and homemade mascara-like products were not considered proper. Brows were also never groomed. Mascara was actually introduced about a year after the Titanic sank (the pilot episode), but proper women would never do such a thing.

So how do they get the look for the show?

According to lead makeup artist, Anna Oldham, the ladies wear Le Blanc de Chanel primer followed by Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in one shade darker than their natural tone. Stila Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain is used to give a slight flush to the lips and cheeks. Lashes are often curled and stained darker than their natural tone, but no mascara is allowed on set.

I suppose I would be far more likely to be a stage performer, as I barely get out of bed without mascara. What about you?

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  1. yikes! not washing hair for a month.... I know it's supposed to be healthier as you're not constantly stripping the oils away, and I suppose it would make that period's elaborate hairstyles easier to do and maintain....but after a few days my scalp gets so oily and itchy I can't stand it....not to mention dandruff. Wonder how they dealt with it back then.

  2. I can't imagine skipping mascara. Eek.

  3. Not washing my hair but twice a month? No mascara....guess I'd be considered a lady of the night! Ugh....but really!


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