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From the Archives: Beauty Hints for Fair Drivers

This vintage article originally appeared the September 1917 issue of Motorland magazine.

Camille Aimee
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Danger to a woman's fair complexion is one of the chief obstacles to many a long motor trip. However, this can be avoided by simple methods. A thin coating of good cold cream is, naturally, the first thing to be done before starting. This protects the skin and prevents it from being dried out by the wind. Then select a RED veil. It does not have to be of the intense variety of red, but one of the lighter shades of this color. The red absorbs the sun's rays and prevents tanning or burning, even in the hottest kind of weather.

It is well to carry a small box of lip salve on long trips, as the wind has a tendency to dry the lips and cause chapping and small cracks which are not only disfiguring, but exceedingly annoying and painful. A judicious use of lip salve will prevent this.

The latest fad in motor coats for women this season are the trench coat, very mannish, following the military idea in every respect.

Then you have coats made of Viciena or Bolivia cloth in the rookie shade; some you find with Kolinsky collars and cuffs, while others are strictly tailored.

The hats worn by the majority of motorists are made of velvet in the rook­ie shade, trimmed with bands of navy blue, very striking and becoming, which are being used in place of the ugly auto­mobile cap.

The latest handbag carried by the well-dressed woman is shaped like a rustic birdhouse, the cone-shaped lid sliding over a silk cord, which forms the handle. The lid was embroidered in brown and green in a similar technique, imitating the bark of a tree and the moss upon it. A bird was embroidered in col­ored silk in a false opening. These are very handy while motoring.

The knitting bags which are so much the vogue now are being made of straw-­hat shapes lined with gay silks and trimmed with silk fruit or flowers, or may be lined with cretonne and trimmed with appliques of flowers cut from cretonne and embroidered onto the straw. They are useful in the automobile. 

This article originally appeared in the September 1917 issue of Motorland.