Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.


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Silk Powder

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In 1937, Kinu Ltd. released its Kinoo line of cosmetics made with powdered silk.

Automatic Mascara

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The 1957 introduction of Helena Rubinstein’s Mascara-Matic would ultimately result in the almost complete demise of other forms of mascara.

Lina Cavalieri

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The opera singer and movie star, Lina Cavalieri, regarded by many contemporaries as the most beautiful woman in the world, opened a beauty salon in Paris in 1926.

Helena Rubinstein (1930-1945)

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In 1931, Rubinstein regained control of the American company she had sold to Lehman Brothers in 1928.

Rubinstein Day of Beauty

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In 1936, Helena Rubinstein opened a new salon in a seven-storey building at 715 Fifth Avenue, New York where clients could come for a complete day of beauty.

Rubinstein and the Rejuvenationists

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The rejuvenation therapies of Steinach and Voronoff convinced Rubinstein to develop skin-care cosmetics containing sex hormones.

Helena Rubinstein (1915-1930)

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After escaping the war in Europe, Helena Rubinstein opened her first salon in the United States in 1915.

Carbonic Gas Sprays

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In the 1930s, a number of French beauty salons began introducing carbonated water sprays into their facial treatments.

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New Booklets

Rubinstein: Herbessence (c.1969)

Added: 7th February 2018

Factor: New Art of Society Make-up (1929)

Added: 7th February 2018

Story Updates

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 7th February 2018

Company Timeline

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Vanishing Creams

Updated: 5th February 2018

Maybelline

Updated: 19th January 2018

Liquid and Cream Mascara

Updated: 19th January 2018

Cake Mascara

Updated: 19th January 2018

Artificial (False) Eyelashes

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Lipsticks

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Hormone Creams, Oils and Serums

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