Friday, August 26, 2011
Thinking about makeup
According to one of my sources (that I am having difficulty locating right now so I will have to edit with the reference later) in addition to an extension of the concept of beauty, Russian women whitened their faces as a form of veiling. Muscovite women at this time had begun to be sequestered in parts of their homes called Terem. This had not been part of their earlier society, but developed after the Mongol invasion as Moscow rose in power, became more autocratic, and women lost more and more rights and opportunities to have any sort of public life. This is actually a big factor in my choice of an earlier persona as much as I love this costume. Getting a great hat and loads of bling isn't really worth having to live life in seclusion.
My concern with a theatrical white makeup is getting it all over things. There will be a highly ornamental collar as well as the ubrus/veil and I don't want to make a giant mess. I've used a couple of versions of kohl in various incarnations as a Goth teen and tribal bellydancer so that shouldn't be too hard, but I'm not so sure about the black teeth. My teeth need whitening under normal circumstances, going totally black sort of creeps me out. Certainly going to be interesting to investigate. Rice powder maybe? I don't know, but makeup is now on the list and I get to really start digging for some solutions. I know its the sort of thing 18th century reenactors need to worry about too so I figured I'd start there.