The “How To” Page

Makeup

Makeup during the Renaissance Period was essential for woman. If you were a peasant, then you would have no makeup on and you would have a lot on if you were from a higher class. There was no middle class or “half-way point” back then.



Things you’ll need:

Sunscreen or primer

Light foundation

White powder

Kabuki brush

Red blush

Red lipstick

Black liquid eyeliner

Black mascara

– Skin tone colored eyeshadow

Instructions:

  1. Apply sunscreen onto your face, because you might get sunburned. Even though this didn’t exist in the Renaissance, it will keep the makeup in place and protect your skin. Let it settle in for about a minute before applying foundation.
  2. Determine whether you have a “warm” or “cool” skin tone, then use your own discretion and choose and apply the lightest foundation that looks the best on your skin. Try a light ivory or light beige tone if white foundation doesn’t look good on your skin.
  3. Renaissance women loved white powder, because a pale skin was very favorable back in the days. Using the kabuki brush, apply the white powder onto your entire face.
  4. Noble women used blush to accentuate their cheekbones. Brush your cheeks with the red blush.
  5. Only noble women were able to wear lipstick, and red was usually the common color. Apply the red lipstick onto your lips. You could even use burgundy or any shade of dark red. Avoid wearing pink lipstick though.
  6. For the eyes, put on the black liquid eyeliner and black mascara. Make sure to stick to skin tone colors. After that, apply on the eyeshadow. This will bring out your eyes.
  7. Draw on a beauty mark somewhere on your cheek. Renaissance women put on fake beauty marks to hide their blemishes.

Hair

One of the recipes the Renaissance women made up was one that could make their hair grow. Even though the majority of the women kept their hair short, they used these recipes to make their hair grow whenever they wanted.
There are three different recipe types listed below in which you could use to grow out your hair.

Things you’ll need:

Barley bread

Salt

Bear fat

Grinder

Fire stove

Willow leaves

Pot

Oil

Treacle water

Honey

Small cloth

Recipe #1 Instructions:

  1. Using the first stove, burn the barley bread until it turns dark golden brown.
  2. Take the barley bread with the crust and grind it with the salt and bear fat using the grinder.
  3. With this mixture, apply onto the place that needs hair growth.

Recipe #2 Instructions:

  1. Heat the pot with water inside on the fire stove.
  2. After the water starts to boil, pour some oil into the pot.
  3. Take the willow leaves and boil then well in the oil.
  4. Anoint this mixture onto the area that needs hair growth.

Recipe #3 Instructions:

  1. Heat the pot on the stove.
  2. Pour the treacle water and honey into the pot and boil them together.
  3. Wet the small cloth in the mixture and apply it onto the area that needs hair growth.

Teeth

After dinner, Renaissance women would wash their mouth with a very good wine and parsley because it gave off a good smell and cleans the gums. The wine was believed to kill the bacteria and loosen the food particles stuck in their teeth. For the herbs, they believed the chlorophyll in the parsley is what killed the bad breath.

Things you’ll need:

empty drinking cup

any type of wine, preferably white wine (White wine provides a less gunky feeling.)

white cloth

green herbs, preferably parsley

Instructions:

  1. After finishing a meal, pour the white wine into the empty drinking cup.
  2. Take a large sip of it, gurgle it in your mouth for about 20 seconds, and then spit it out.
  3. Repeat step #2 until all of the white wine is gone.
  4. Take the white cloth and thoroughly polish your teeth. Rubbing the cloth against your teeth would remove more tartar and food particles.
  5. Rip a parsley leaf off, begin chewing for about 30 seconds, and then spit it out.
  6. Repeat step #5 until all of the parsley has been chewed.
  7. Take the white cloth again and thoroughly polish your teeth with it.

Menstruation

The following are instructions on how to make and insert a suppository into your privy member.

Things you’ll need:

drachma

triacle diatesseron

cockle flour

myrrh

grinder

bull’s gall

cotton

honey jar

spoon

oil

scammony powder

Instructions:

  1. Take half of the drachma of the triacle diatesseron, half of cockle flour and myrrh, and grind them together with the bull’s gall in the grinder.
  2. After it has been grinded, cover the mixture with cotton.
  3. Start making a “suppository” as large as your little finger.
  4. Take oil and a spoonful of honey and anoint the suppository.
  5. Sprinkle the scammony powder onto it.
  6. Insert it into your privy member. The suppository should be changed every morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed.

Besides the suppository, napkins were also used as a form of pads back in the Renaissance Period. Napkins were universally worn by that time and were made of “linen (as opposed to cotton), at least one-half yard square, folded, secured to the clothing at the front and back, and worn between the limbs” (Leavitt, 156).

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