I’m on a bit of a World War I kick lately–after discovering that The Guns of August ends on a huge cliffhanger, I went on to find out what happened next with G.J. Meyer’s A World Undone. (I’m now in the epilogue, with Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919.)
Discussing Romania’s late and ill-fated entry on the Entente side, Meyer mentions in passing that the Army prohibited men of less than Captain’s rank from wearing make-up. A little googling finds the prohibition mentioned a few other places, but provides no further detail. (Or pictures.)
Does anyone know anything abut this? It’s obviously a bit of a tangent to a tangent, but I’m curious. Were they tarting themselves up like Parisian whores, with blush, mascara, eyeshadow, drawn-on angry eyebrows to strike fear into Austro-Hungarian hearts, or was it just a little guyliner to make them look dark and mysterious? Does the practice have deep Romanian roots, or was it just a 19teens fad? Pictures, of course, would be ideal.