-- Florence Courtenay, Physical Beauty (1922)
I have never tried the above pumice method, but a few weeks ago, I helped a friend paint a room and later, in the shower, I noticed a splotch of paint on my leg that wasn't coming off with scrubbing. I grabbed a pumice stone and rubbed it away. Gently! It left a horrible and painful mark for days. I do not understand how people did this on large areas of skin.
In addition to that injury, I've been wearing pants or my one black maxi-dress, every day for a (hot) week because I cut my right shin using a disposable razor for the first time in years. It's hideous.
I'm in the mood to complain. Like I said, it's August. I should just fix myself up and get back into lighter clothes:
"Leg Make-up: When you use leg make-up, apply a thin coat of mineral oil first and let it dry. Then spread papers on the floor so you won't splatter make-up. Allow yourself at least ten minutes to do the job right.
1. Start makeup at the instep and smooth upward to a point above the knee. Be sure to end it in an even line. Tie a ribbon around your thigh where the 'stocking' ends and remove it when make-up dries.
2. Pat make-up with the palm of your hands, then buff with cotton. Inspect the backs of legs, too, to be sure they're even.
3. Never try to patch up yesterday's make-up job. Besides, leg make-up is drying to the skin, and should be thoroughly washed off every night.
4. Be careful if you cross your legs on hot summer days not to smudge your make-up."
--Babs Lee, ABC's of Beauty (1950)
I love that her name is Babs. Isn't that just the exact name of a person who would write leg make-up advice in 1950? And that photo is of a vintage Bakelite pin. More on Bakelite soon.