Besame Cosmetics Make-up History – 1930s Air Stewardesses

More Vintage Make-up History from Gabriela Hernandez – author of Classic Beauty


A 1938 Air Hostess has her make-up done

Flying is not all a matter of machinery and weather reports, as would-be air hostesses for transcontinental airliners learn in their specialized training schools. Even lessons in “flight make-up” are a part of their varied curriculum, and one of them is shown here – getting instructions from an expert on how to apply a few deft touches to obtain a glamorous well-groomed effect.

In her 1933 film Air Hostess – Evalyn Knapp famously promoted the lifestyle of early pioneer flight attendants or “Air hostesses” as they were called then.


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