VINTAGE CHARLES OF THE RITZ SET OF 2 POWDER JARS
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VINTAGE CHARLES OF THE RITZ SET OF 2 POWDER JARS . USED IN A RETAIL STORE SO THAT THE CUSTOMER COULD GET THE POWDER BLEND COLOR THEY WANTED. . BOTH JAR LIDS AS SHOWN HAS THE CHARLES OF THE RITZ LOGO ON IT. THEY ARE PYREX JARS WITH LUCITE LIDS AND KNOBS.MEASURE APPROX.5 1/2" HIGH WITH LID. 4 INCHES HIGH WITHOUT LIS AND 3 1/2" ACROSS THE TOP. THE BASE MEASURES 13 1/2" LONG AND5 1/4"WIDE. THE SPOON IS PLASTIC8 3/4" LONG.
In 1928, Charles of the Ritz launched a complete skin-care and make-up range. One of the features of the make-up range was individually blended powder and rouge. Clients coming to a Charles of the Ritz salon could have their complexion expertly analysed so that a shade of powder or rouge could be mixed to suit their particular colouring.
Individually blended powders
The idea of hand blending powders to suit individual clients was not invented by Charles of the Ritz. Most face powders in the 1920s came in a limited range of shades and, like nail polishes, women who could afford it could have a face powder blended by an expert to suit their complexion.
Only a short time ago one of the
bright, particular stars that beam on Broadway attracted attention by having a
famous Parisian beauty specialist make a minute examination of her skin with a
view to determining just what kind of face powder would be best suited to her
We all cannot have powders especially made for our own use, but we can blend our own special variety. The vogue of mixing your own powder, in addition to being fashionable, is sound common sense artistically. There are so many different types of complexion, so many subtle adjustments to color harmony in hair eyes, and skin, that it is really too much to expect that half a dozen shades of powder will furnish the perfect shade for every skin.
If, for instance, you like the basic tone of rachel, but feel the need of a little more color in your powder, you can add a tiny bit of Peaches and Cream powder, or even a faint flush of pink. If neither naturelle nor rachel seems to march your skin, you can combine the two shades—and perhaps the result will be the perfect shade for you.
At first Charles of the Ritz only offered the powder blending service through his salons but by 1932 at the latest he began to set up powder bars in department stores across the United States and elsewhere. These were staffed with ‘blending experts’ who could mix a face powder to match the skin tone of any customer with the money to pay for the privilege.