"If Victorian houses assert a sturdy optimism by day, they are also associated in our imaginations with the Gothic – with shadows and cobwebby gimcrack, long corridors. The nineteeth century was remarkable for escalating optimism even as it excavated the backstairs, the descending architecture of nightmare – Freud’s labor and Engel’s."

Richard Rodriguez, “Late Victorians”

Beauty History: From the Victorian Era to the 1930’s

As I was cruising through some YouTube makeup tutorials I stumbled upon this interview. Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge interviews historian and writer Madeleine Marsh, who is eccentric and — as one YouTube commenter put it — “the Betsy Johnson of makeup history.” Being an avid consumer of Victorian historical facts (particularly those in the social arena), I couldn’t resist sharing this. As Eldridge points out, the talking points Marsh touches upon are not only about makeup, but about the history of women and the way corporations have been manipulating our insecurities for hundreds of years. Also, the fabulous antique makeup items in Marsh’s house are fascinating from both an aesthetic and mechanical perspective.

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‘couse this is thrille-e-er

strange-aesthetics:

‘couse this is thrille-e-er

This Victorian steampunk wedding almost makes me think getting married might be worth all of the bullshit. Almost.

Ellen Rogers

Ellen Rogers

It’s so feminine but I love it so much <3

It’s so feminine but I love it so much <3

Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros by William Bouguereau

Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros by William Bouguereau