In the period of shortage in our country there was not only a variety of cosmetics, but also clothes, household appliances, food and much more. But in order to be fashionable, people at that time got out, as they could, and threw all their forces into keeping up with fashion and being, so to speak, in a trend.
Of course, today's cosmetics market doesn’t compare with what it was in Soviet times, but this doesn’t mean that women didn’t care for themselves or put on makeup at that time. We want to tell and show you what our mothers used to do in the USSR.
Oh, this legendary mascara! She proudly bore the name "Leningradskaya" and was in the makeup bag of every Soviet woman of fashion. Judging by the appearance, the prototype of the "Leningradskaya" was the first Maybelline mascara. To make up the eyelashes, you had to spit in the mascara, and then split the eyelashes with a needle or a hairpin.
But what about the bend, you ask? It's harder with him. But the most desperate have found a way out: they were bending with a hot knife, on which eyelashes were wound. Weakly repeat? We are weak!
“Blue - is the new black” - this phrase would perfectly reflect the main trend in the make-up of the eye of the year since 1985.
Blue shadows are the most peep! Just because there are no other palettes in the USSR. But our mothers proudly “wore” blue shadows: regardless of eye color, skin tone, or clothing color.
With lipstick in the USSR was a little better than with shadows. Soviet women preferred two colors: carrot and brown. The most lucky could boast pearl lipstick. Special chic - lipstick company "Dzintars 21", but this is from the category of "urval".
The concept of "hygienic lipstick" did not exist. But there was a cosmetic mink “Mink” - it was used instead of hygienic lipstick. Lip liner ... There was no such thing in the USSR either. But there was a red pencil from the set of “Young Artist”, which was bought in the children's world.
Foundation "Ballet" was first released by the factory "Freedom" in 1881. He has definitely lived his 100 years in the cosmetics bags of Soviet women. Needless to say, he “lay down” in a dense fat layer, the skin did not breathe, the pores were clogged, and the clothes got dirty. By the way, a few years ago the cream survived reincarnation, now on the market there is the product “Ballet 2000”.
With a powder fared a little better.
Powder powders were classified according to the degree of grinding and type of odorant into 4 groups: top quality - Vostok, Velvety, Ballet; Group A (good quality) - “Red Moscow”, “Kremlin”, “Hellas”, “Fairy Tale”; Group B (medium) - “Mask”, “Camellia”, “Chypre”; Groups B (mass) - “Carmen”, “Lilac”, “Violet”.
Later appeared loose powder "Leningrad", but to get it was considered a great success.
There were two colors for hair: henna and basma. Accordingly, it was possible to dye either in a radical black or in a fiery red. Lighten hair decoction of chamomile. The bravest sought cherished blond with hydrogen peroxide. She also made highlighting. The hair “corroded” by hydroperit was then restored with castor oil. But that's another story.