London: A book originally published in the Victorian era and republished for a modern audience today has shed light on the tricks of the Victorian beauty trade.

' Beauty, What It Is and How to Retain It' by A Lady, which was originally published in 1873 and has been re-released by The British Library divulges beauty secrets and tips like how to make own hair tonics and face masks using products such as lard and beef marrow, a media reported.

The practical guide also explains the value of brushing hair for a lengthy 20 minutes both night and day, and advises women to use a soft badger-hair brush to clean their teeth.

Much of the advice still holds relevance, like the comment that "perfect cleanliness is essential to the preservation of the teeth."

There is also a guide for men, 'The Gentleman's Art of Dressing, With Economy,' written by 'A Lounger at the Clubs' in 1876.

The quirky guide offers advice to men on dealing with a wet top hat and emphasises the importance of not wearing the same trousers two days in a row.


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