Nina Nightingale's Charm School: DIY Cosmetics - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Nina Nightingale's Charm School: DIY Cosmetics

1 hour
$15 per device
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$15 per device
$15 per person
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What We’ll Do

Nina Nightingale's Charm School is in session! 

In this show, we're learning all about DIY Cosmetics. Whether to attract, camouflage, or intimidate, people have painted their faces since the beginning of time. Almost every society mentions it in their historic texts: Nefertiti is always depicted with eyeliner; people in China stained their fingernails as early as 3000 BCE; and Native Americans ceremoniously painted their faces for battle. You perfected your sourdough recipe; became a fantastic plant parent; and trimmed your own bangs — by the end of this episode of Charm School, you’ll be able to add homemade cosmetics to your repertoire of pandemic skill

Class Supplies, if you wish to work along:

Arrowroot, Rice, or Tapioca Flour :: store-bought is smoother, but you can also put rice in your coffee grinder

Beetroot Powder (feel free to dehydrate beets and grind those if you wish)

Cocoa Powder (be sure this has no sugar)

Containers with lids for mixing and storage

A small whisk or fork

Optional Supplies, for variations:

Turmeric Powder

Solid coconut oil

Shea butter

Petroleum jelly

Empty compacts

Rubbing alcohol


Toothpicks or popsicle sticks

About this Series:

From silhouette portraits and hair reliquaries to postage stamp flirtation and suffragette tea parties, join curiosity artist and host Nina Nightingale in exploring history's most fascinating disciplines and their hidden origins! During each hour-long virtual live show, Nina will guide you through the basics of a specific craft, tell you about its often surprising importance in the cultural landscape, and take any questions that might come up along the way. Part Home Ec, part AP History, Nina Nightingale’s Charm School won't teach you how to be more genteel, but you’ll learn why crafting was never that polite anyway.

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Nina Nightingale
Nina Nightingale

Hello! My name is Nina Nightingale and I am a professional fine artist practicing the very rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which I cut your likeness from paper with no writing instruments—simply freehand drawing with scissors. This art of "shadow cutting" was popular before photography was made affordable. Silhouette portraiture is one part history and one part how-does-she-do-it?

What Else You Should Know

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