In the latest novel (last night's reading) the heroine dresses, brushes her hair and applies lipstick before going downstairs for breakfast coffee.
I've previously come across, in a different novel, another reference to the heroine applying only lipstick as her daily makeup.
No foundation nor powder. No eyeshadow nor rouge (aka "blush").
That's a fun flashback, because my mother did the same thing back in the day. In photos from the late 1950s and throughout the '60s: Lipstick. That's it.
I asked her once why just lipstick? We gals from the 1980s painted our faces with lots of makeup: Particularly eyes and cheeks. But we had the entire ensemble: Groomed eyebrows, eyelashes and lips as well.
She couldn't recall why. It was just "the thing" back then.
I love retro stuff, and these novels are another treat in that regard; they often provide little memory glimpses from early childhood.
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