First published in 1899, this is an Edwardian guide to beauty. Mrs Humphry states, There are ways of making the best of oneself that are perfectly natural and easy and harmless, as opposed to the elaboration of cosmetics and hair dyes, artifices to which no girls that are honest and true would have recourse'. In other words dont look like a tart! An amusing reminder of how times change.
'Work and sympathy are the two great essentials in the making of a beautiful countenance' 'Quite half the effect of one's appearance depends on successfully "doing the hair"' 'Brushing the eyebrows and eyelashes every morning with a solution of green tea improves them' First published in 1899, this forthright guide gives fascinating insights into the beauty strategies of the Edwardian age. Startlingly modern advice on the benefits of sleep, exercise and fresh air blends with intriguing techniques for washing hair (with egg yolk), brushing teeth (with myrrh and borax) and improving posture (sleeping without pillows to improve an 'uncouth gait'). Banishing fashion faux-pas with its breezy common sense, How to be Pretty - celebrates our enduring preoccupation with looking one's best.