Do you think it’s easy to look this good? Here is a collection of silent film actresses making themselves lovely for assorted purposes.
(As usual, I will link to the source of each GIF.)
In The Flying Ace, Kathryn Boyd uses her compact the way we modern women sometimes use our phones: to ward off an unwanted suitor. Boyd is delightful in the film but, alas, it is her only surviving screen appearance.
Violet Wong plays an American bride getting ready for her traditional Chinese wedding in The Curse of Quon Gwon. Her sister-in-law, Marion Wong, wrote, produced and directed the film.
Blanche Sweet is checking her look in The Captive. When one flirts with one’s POW, one should look one’s best. Especially if one has spent the last three reels threatening him with a bullwhip and pistol.
Anna May Wong is utterly charming in The Toll of the Sea, even if the script betrays her. Here she is showing off her traveling outfit to her husband. Love me some early Technicolor!
Here’s a very clever shot from Don’t Change Your Husband, yet another collaboration between Cecil B. DeMille and cinematographer Alvin Wyckoff. Julia Faye is triple reflected in the hand mirror and vanity.
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