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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 118, No. 6 (June, 1931)

Davis, Harriet Eager
Ten little country maids were we,   pp. 44-45 PDF (1.0 MB)


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DELINEATOR
A LOVELY LADY FINDS HERSELF IN JUNE
Continued from page 21
crimson, mauve, ivory-many shades-and
proved to me her theory that one cannot
make-up her face and get a successful effect,
no matter how skillfully she does it, unless she
takes into consideration as well the color of
her frock. The moment you have slipped your
frock over your head and its color lies against
your shoulder you have changed your color
eJect.
All the light pastel shades which we are
wearing now should have only pastel make-
up, no bright vermilion mouth-but soft,
natural, delicate coloring. Make up a littlt.
more vividly for black or any dark shade,
sftly for all bright shades of red or vivid
green; more brightly for the yellows that are
so smart this summer.
In summer of course one's make-up is ap-
plied much more lightly-never a heavy
make-up-it is apt to go smeary; the lightest
passible foundation cream and then fine,
fluffy powder, liquid rouge (there is a charm-
ing new one that comes in a little bottle-in-a-
case that can be tucked comfortably into
your purse) and a not too bright lipstick: all
softly colored femininity in this season of
frills and lace and off the shoulder frocks that
grandmother wore when she was young.
Grandmother carried a parasol, too-always,
always-but then she didn't have the pro-
tective creams and lotions that we have now.
Lovely new ones this summer-with an en-
chanting tan tone in them, not dark at all-
but with the look of sun and sea and wind.
For a good light make-up-and I don't
mean light in color but light in texture-
blend one of these liquid powders in the palm
of your hand with a little skin tonic-vr
foundation cream if your skin is dry-an(
then finish with face powder. This will n, t
of course prevent burning in extremely hot
sun but it does slow down the action of the
sun's rays and keep the skin shades lighter
than it would be if it were unprotected. And
it isa gift of the gods to noses that want to
blister and peel. In this season of femininity
one protects one's skin. The brown afraid-of-
nothing face of the last few summers looks
terribly unbefriended, rising up out of frills-
like a wet, black seal out of sea foam.
IF YOU use eye shadow don't slap it on (this
goes for rouge, too) use just a little and
smooth it in gently, close, close to the lashes;
then a little more and so on until you get the
effect you want. There are some new shad-
ows with a silvery light in them that give the
eflect that children's eve-lids have, that
lovely blue light under the skin-dewy and
luminous. There are all the shades in the
world, gray, green, mauve, blue, brown; try
them out, and when you find yours learn to
put it on so that it cannot be detected-no
shadow. only bri:liance in the eyes. Until
recently eye make-up was given a black eve
by good taste-it was in that state of "it
isn't done" that rouge was ten years ago. But
now everybody doe-s it. Ladies do it beau-
tifully and not-quite ladies do it blatantly.
June is a month that's very special for
beauty. If beauty were a lady and went down
the calendar to find which month was hers,
she might take October-but if she wcre
beauty and romance as the Greeks said she
was, she'd probably put her finger on June,
"Come on, you're mine," and so in June it is
not so difficult for a lovely lady to find herself.
It is her special month.
Not only must her face be like a flower,
nodding in the garden, but her body must be
as brightly beautiful as a white flame and as
fresh as dew. And that means deodorants
and depilatories.
There once was a feeling that deodorant
were a little dangerous to use, but that's all
over now-they have been lifted out of un-
certainty and are as dependable as an hon-
est man's word. In fact, all the best deodo-
rants have in them a solution that hospitals
use year in and year out, perfectly harmless-
and, oh, so necessary in these days of ardent
sun Put it on at night just before you go t'o
bed, then rinse off in the morning with clear
r2ter. Never put it on when you are movir_
about, perspiration washes it out. It should
be applied regularly once or twice a week.
Deodorants are astringents and so should b
used intelligently! Some are strong and some
are weak-just like people; the strong for
those women whose under-arm struggle is
severe, the weak for those who have only a
gentle mcisture under the arm. Two or three
stand out from the crowd-you find your
own among them-and you use it faithfully
winter and summer, fall and spring-nothing
is more disillusioning than that unhappy odor
of perspiration.
In the spring, short sleeves appeared, in all
types of dresses. Even in suits arms leapt out
into the broad light of day. And now, bath-
ing-suits-and legs. Depilatories to the res-
cue. There is a wax which removes this un-
desired fuzz in family groups-and not nearly
so painful as you may think it might be-in
fact not painful at all unless you are a very
nervous person or have it done by an un-
skilled operator. It leaves a perfect surface
and discourages the hair from growing again;
in fact, if the growth is not strong it will be
weeks and weeks before the hair returns.
And then there are paste depilatories, several
good and harmless ones, and paramount
amongst them is one whose name is old and
trusted but who has improved itself enor-
mously as to odor. There are also powders and
liquids-really nobody needs to blush for
shame at the texture of her arms and legs.
Simple and easy, and as much a part of the
habits of life as brushing one's teeth or being
polite, is this custom of using depilatories
wherever we need them. Any depilatory used
on the face should be used skilfully, not
ignorantly or carelessly. Find the one you
like, the one that suits you most perfectly,
and be at peace.
Another use for depilatory wax that has
simply magic results is to apply a little to
your elbows if they look a bit knubby and
dark. Bend the arm and apply the warm wax.
As soon as the edge is firm enough to pick
up, roll it off. It doesn't hurt in the least
because there are no hairs to cling, and I
know of nothing else that brings out elbows
so pleasantly. Be sure the skin is perfectly
dry before you put on the wax. Dust powder
over it and then wipe it off-the wax won't
hold unless the skin is absolutely dry. Cir-
culation ointment is also good for elbows, but
does not take off all the scales as does the wax.
MORE and more liquid cleansers ooze their
way into the crowded mart, and they
are especially effective and pleasant to use
in summer. There is one delightful one with
a henna cap, a penetrating and yet not
at all drying liquid that cleanses you with
both depth and dispatch. Another new and
interesting one is a saline solution which
you put in warm water and then wash to
your heart's content-very cleansing-and a
soothing cream follows it up and sends you
out fresh and firm.
The longer one lives the more she believes
that prayers do get answered, sooner or later,
in one way or another. Late last winter along
came an answer to the prayer that this busi-
ness of being beautiful be made simple. A
liquid, milky-looking cleanser was born. You
put it on, you wash your face with clear warm
water. Then rinse with cold water. Dry it.
Put on more of the same milky liquid.
C'est tout. It is cleanser, nourisher, powder
base all in one.
If you are spending your summer mostly in
town or traveling you couldn't do better than
invest in a liquid cleanser. Also in that little
fragrant bottle well-groomed Englishwomen
carry in their purses to give their lovely skins
refreshment on the wing.
And while you are seeking yours there are
such perfect soaps for June-pure and mild
like clean wind and sunshine-little cakes for
face and hands, big luxurious ones for the
bath. June's a lovely time for soap and
water!
Toilet waters and light perfumes have
come back into their own-for a long time
they have been hiding on the high shelves in
disrepute. But here they are again, delicious-
ly floating and fragrant and one can be prodi-
gal with them because they are so inex-
pensive-shake them over your top-knots,
spray them over you after the bath, put a
little in your mouth rinse, under your arms;
all over. Lovely things. Light drifting lay-
ender, violets in spring rain-never am I
found without my violets-in-the-rain, even in
those days when they hid in shame and no-
body used toilet waters; and every time any-
body danced with me, he smelled violets and
said so-but he never knew why. I just
sniffed, too, and said, "How lovely and how
strange"-and joined the violets in disgrace
-they, because they were a toilet water and
I, because I didn't always tell all I knew.
(But I always tell women.) And eau de
cologne is with us again. (Turn to page 46)
TEN LITTLE
COUNTRY MAIDS
WERE WE
(Nous Etions Dix Filles ' Marier)
TRANSLATED
FROM THE FRENCH by
HARRIET EAGER DAVIS
TEN little country maids were we;
Wedded we did long to be.
There was Dinah, there was Tina, there was Nina
and Claudina-
Ah, ahi
Louisette and Louisa,
There was beautiful Suzanne, there was Duchess
Montbazanne, there was Mary-Emily-
And there was little Rosalie.
The king's own son, he chanced to pass,
Made a bow to ev'ry lass-
Bow to Dinah, bow to Tina, Low to Nina and
Claudina-
Ah, ah!
Louisette and Louisa,
Bow to beautiful Suzanne, bow to Duchess
Montbazanne, bow to Mary-Emily-
A kiss for little Rosalie.
To each a royal gift he gave.
Each a royal gift he gave-
Ring to Dinah, ring to Tina, ring to Nina and
Claudina-
Ah, ah!
Louisette and Louisa,
Ring to beautiful Suzanne, ring to Duchess
Montbazanne, ring to Mary-Emily-
A diamond for Rosalie.
And then he bade us all good-day,
Then he bade us all good-day-
"Goodbye, Dinah, goodbye, Tina, goodbye, Nina
and Claudina-
"Ah, ahl
"Louisette and Louisa, goodbye, beautiful Su-
zanne, goodbye, Duchess Montbazanne, good-
bye, Mary-Emily-
"But I'll keep little Rosaliel"
iluilration    by   PIERRE    BRISSAVD
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