- I am very new as well, but I do have a few suggestions on this. Do a "natural" look.
-Tinted moisturiser instead of thick foundation (provides sunscreen, color, and doesn't get oily nasty when sweating)
-Brown eyeliner (unless you have black hair!) instead of a colored or black
-Brown Masacara, again if you have black hair use black. Honestly I would simplify and just use an eyelash curler (defines the eyes a bit) and skip it entirely
-LipSTAIN only a shade or two darker than your natural lip color. Gloss or lipstick would be more obtrusive than stain.
-make sure to cover the lipstain with a chapstick type thing with SPF (sunburned lips...ouch)
This is what I do when I am taking my son to the zoo and so forth. It usually doesn't need touching up, if it does not much at all.
--- In email@example.com, Stefan li Rous <stefanlirous@...> wrote:
> Amber asked:
> <<< I don't want to interfere with other folks' enjoyment by not
> keeping in the authenticity of the period. So, my question is, is it
> acceptable for women to wear makeup and if so what is deemed
> appropriate? >>>
> As others have mentioned, I would generally wear what you normally
> would wear.
> Unless perhaps you have bright red or purple hair or a lot of
> piercings, you won't stand out enough to be intrusive.
> If you do have a brightly artificial hair color, I would recommend
> covering it with a hat, headdress or veil. In general, only unmarried
> women went around with their hair uncovered. I know some women in the
> SCA who will wear additional long braided locks if they prefer or
> can't wear their hair long.
> Make-up and hair coloring was done in the Middle Ages. Whether it was
> frowned upon by the church would depend upon the time period and place.
> Certain make-up, such as lipstick may also have connotations in period
> that you don't want (harlot, prostitute) but unless you are playing
> such a persona, this is still the modern age and most people won't
> make assumptions.
> There is a lot of information about period make-up and hair care in
> the PERSONAL CARE section of the Florilegium.
> My favorite phrase from the hair-dyeing-msg file is:
> <<< I'm much minded of the Will Cuppy essay where he gives Lucrezia
> Borgia's hair-bleach formula, and finishes up with "If your hair
> remained on your head, you were a blonde." >>>
> So I would be careful when experimenting with any of the period
> recipes. Lye, arsenic and lead compounds show up in various recipes.
> I've heard that Queen Elizabeth caked on white lead onto her face to
> get a pale complexion and by the end of her life she was having to put
> it on pretty heavy to cover the damage that it had already done.
> Some files in the PERSONAL CARE section to explore:
> cosmetics-lnks (10K) 4/18/06 Links to info on medieval cosmetics and
> perfumes by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
> cosmetics-msg (16K) 5/13/10 Period cosmetics and skin care.
> Handcream-art (16K) 6/ 5/00 "Handcream" by Constance de LaRose.
> handcream-msg (12K) 4/17/08 Medieval lotions and handcreams. recipes.
> Hand-Lotion-art (4K) 6/21/08 "A Lotion Recipe from Late Period
> England" by Lady Rebecca the Contrary.
> hair-msg (94K) 2/ 6/11 Period and SCA hairstyling and care.
> hair-dyeing-msg (12K) 9/ 4/01 Period hair bleaching and dyeing.
> Perfumes-bib (20K) 12/26/00 "Perfumes Bibliography" by Nora Siri Bock.
> perfumes-msg (36K) 9/19/02 Medieval perfumes and pomanders.
> In the ACCESSORIES section:
> body-piercngs-msg (4K) 11/27/05 Body piercings, other than for ear
> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
> Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
> **** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****