Discover how cosmetics from the Roman Empire literally changed the face of Britain in the 3rd century in our latest History Inspired Makeup Tutorial.
Fashion Historian Amber Butchart and Makeup Artist Rebecca Butterworth are at Wroxeter Roman City, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. This time we’re showing you a step-by-step makeup tutorial inspired by real cosmetic artefacts found at Wroxeter.
From bathing to bright blue eye shadow, find out how important appearance was to Roman Britons and see the artefacts that shaped our tutorial. Watch as we use a replica grinder to apply eyeliner to our model Sarah Mhlanga and learn how to recreate the look at home. Our English Heritage Collections Curator Cameron Moffett is on hand to discuss the artefacts, while Properties Historian Dr Andrew Roberts tells us about life at Wroxeter.
To start planning your trip to Wroxeter Roman City, visit:
Olive oil – Tesco
Anhydrous Lanolin – Amazon
(Modern alternative: Black Loose Pigment – Sample Beauty)
Crushed Lapis Lazuli stones
(Modern alternative: ‘Rubix’ Loose Pigment – Sample Beauty)
LIPS AND CHEEKS
Lips and cheeks are the same:
Beeswax – Starchild Glastonbury
Olive Oil – Tesco
Red pigment – Sample Beauty
Massive darning needle
Wig – Websters Wigs
We would like to thank Janet Stevens for her research into Roman hairstyles, which assisted us in the interpretation of our Roman look.
Photo of Tondo of the Severan family © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro
All illustrated reconstruction drawings © Historic England
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