MEN WHO USE COSMETICS.
"Some of my regular patrons are young and middle-aged men," said^ a noted beautifier of complexions to a Chicago reporter. "Vheae young men oonie here at stated intervals of time, aud submit themselves to my oare. I not only remove blemishes, which is all vary well, but more than one-half of these patrons of my art have had their faces enamelled more than a single time. Do 1 mean that, men are foolish enough to have artificial colours applied to their complexions? Of course I do, and why not ? Should not men who have to show themselves for the delectation of the fair Bix to try to look pretty ? True, it ib, that we do not apply the enamelling as thickly us in the case of our lady patrons, for it would look bad in a man as the world thinks now, but we nevertheless have those whose fino complexions are not natural. Why, at leajfc a score of the young men seen most often at the theatres and at the fashionable society balls and parties come here just before any great social event and submit to my careful manipulation, often for an hour or more. Then, ag»in, there are many who are in tho habit of using my cosmetics after having their complexion carefully attended to onoe or twice. Sometimes we make them have a delicate pink tint, and again we put on a clear brown tint that jb admired by a certain class of poople. Our patrons of the masouline gender are cot only young men, but we have several middleaged men of woaltb, who have no particular business, and would have been called lady-killers in days past, but whose characteristics are not now distinguished by any peculiar designation, and we bo conceal our artificial means of beautifying the complexion that no one but an initiated person can tell what has been done to give a man Buoh a rich oomplexion. "Sou would be surprised if you could but Bee to what an extent the practice is carried on. Ohioago, it is true, is not so bad as New York and the other Eastern citioa, nor can tboy compare with Europe, but the habit has taken root here, and will toon bo carried almost to an extreme. I don't think that the applications I make do any harm to a man's face. True, when a woman gota into tho habit of using theao paints hei' face often becomes so that tho cosmetics must be needed constantly, but the mon, as a rule, do not apply the applica- 1 tion so heavily, and, therefore, do not foci j any of tho bad effects of tho beautifiers. I ! have, however, had men who have mado con- ;
siderable money by hard work, and then thought of marrying, but whose complexion had beoonae sallow from confinement, oome to me to have them touohed up aad beautified, so that they may be more attractive to tho ladieß. Suoh men are more often apt to go to extremes in the use of these colouring matters, for you know the old adage is a true one : ' There is no fool like an old fool.' The young men, no matter how muoh of seemingly foolwh ways they may have otherwise, snem to have a delioaoy in the use of these thing* that I would like to see some of the society ladies tolerate. I dare Bay that in a year or two fully half of the young men that you will meet at the most exclusive balls or germans will be painted and powdered just as much as any of the young ladies with whom they oonverse or danoe. Another folly, as most would call it, is when young men oome to mo to have their eyebrows straightened or their delicate moustache — for they seem to | think they must have a moustache— tinted and set in just such lines. A year ago the fashion was to have the end stick out in a fluffy fashion, but now they want me tp make it drop at the corners of the mouth. Actors, ao a matter of oourse, are expeoted te paint and powder to fix themselves up, but I am informed that Osmond Tearle, Dion Bouoicault, and a number of thoao in New York, are in the habit of making up for the street as well as the sbage. One of the leadißg theatrical managers at St Louis is said to colour his lips and paint his oy brows bb carefully at any girl. These are but few of the many I oould name, but I do not oare to give the secrets of the profession away. Suffice it to say that cosmetic*, lipsalve, and powder are used by many, and many a man whom no one would think oould do such things."
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