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Civil War Hairstyles and Make-up

By: Shelby Chinn & Jade Mize
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Shelby Chinn

on 30 April 2010

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Civil War Hairstyles & Make-up By: Shelby Chinn & Jade Mize During the Civil War there was a universal hairstyle that was popular. The hairstyle was parted down the middle and slicked down the crown, then secured to the back with pins into a bun or roll. Older women wore this bun higher on the back of the head, younger women would drop this bun into a roll at the nape of the neck. Bathing was not done regularly as it is in modern time. Hair was often dressed in sweet oils. To achieve this universal style, hair was saved in hairbrushes. This hair was saved in a wad about the size of a small potato. This wad was called a "rat". This was pinned under the fall of the hair at the sides to give extra fullness. Rats were used to add volume to the hair at the sides of the heads. During the Civil War, women wore little or no make-up. Women would use a little touch of rouge on their cheeks when going out for the evening. Rouge was like modern day blush. Day use of rouge was generally shunned. Fashionable ladies of the day would discretely apply a bit. Women also would wear a little bit of rouge on the lips. Rough was applied much differently in those times as blush is applied today. The application of rouge applied in period correct style would look almost clownish to modern women. Rouge was applied to the cheekbone in a circle just beneath the outside corner of the eye. Rouge was only applied to the center of the lips. Full lips were not a fashion. Women with dark complexions could not purchase cosmetics in tones that were complimentary to their skin tone. Women rubbed bricks together and mixed the powder with fat to create a rouge that complimented dark skin tones. Daytime use of rouge would be used to "fallen women". It was not applied like modern day lipstick. Other then rouge, all they used on their face was lotions to keep the skin smooth and shinny.
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