Beauty in the 1940s and early 1950s

Leg tan was a thick liquid and you had to keep it even or you had blotchy legs. We'd paint a seam up the back of our legs too.

Leg Tan – What I can remember mostly, is trying to look glamorous on a shoe-string budget.  Nylon stockings or silk stockings were very difficult to get or too expensive for my pocket, so we used a leg tan concoction which we rubbed on.  It was a thick liquid and you had to take care to keep it even or you had blotchy legs.  We’d ‘paint’ a seam up the back of our legs too.

One thing you had to do was keep your legs dry.  You got rainspots if your legs got wet.

Perms – Having a perm was something else.  It took ages and smelled foul.  There were really heavy hair clips, which were kept on an electrical apparatus and your head was a mass of black and red clips.

The perm was always frizzy – for months it seemed.  But oh, so glamorous.

We wore pancake make-up and Max Factor colour-fast lipstick – ‘the lipstick of the stars’.  We washed our hair on Friday nights for ‘Friday night was Amami night’ – according to an advert heard frequently on Radio Luxembourg.  Women had to try to:

“Keep young and beautiful

It’s your duty to be beautiful …”

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