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Feud E05 (And the Winner Is…)

feud_s01e05_bornunicorn (9)besamecosmetics_1960perfume_bornunicornJoan Crawford’s dressing table is quite busy. She’s getting ready for the Oscars 1963 and she picks a perfume bottle among many of them. The glass bottle with the yellow pump is from the Bésame Cosmetics Decades of Fragrance collection. I wonder what perfume Joan wore: the 1960s floral chypre or a fragrance inspired to a previous decade?

Feud E05 (And the Winner Is…)

Joan Crawford is getting a manicure for the Oscars 1963. The beautiful array of nail polishes in the screencap above includes shades by Cutex and Revlon.

The first bottle on the left is the Cutex nail polish Joan will opt for: the shade is Sterling Silver, which will match her Edith Head silver dress and Van Cleef and Arpels diamond jewellery.

The fluted bottle behind the manicurist’s hand is a nail polish by Avon.

The Revlon shades are mostly pinks and reds and have exotic names, like Persian Melon, Beach Peach and Frosted Sphinx Pink. The two bottles in the front contain a platinum nail polish and the top coat Seal Fast. These are bottles used by professionals, because their tall bottles differ from the long-handle ones which were on the market at the time.

Last but not least, there’s a bottle of Jewel Glaze (another top coat) on the right. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the label to identify the brand.

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There are several perfumes in the bedroom Bette Davis and Gary Merrill (Mark Valley) share: one – his – is St. Johns Bay Rum after-shave lotion.

On her dresser there are some bottles and two Oscar statuettes [1]. The tall ribbed bottle is Lanvin Eau de Lanvin Arpège 85°. This is a very accurate choice: I don’t know if Bette Davis wore Arpege in real life, but one of the most important roles she played in – Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) by  Joseph L. Mankiewicz – had two boule bottles of this perfume on her dresser.

[1] Davis won an Oscar in 1935 for her role in Dangerous (1935) by Alfred E. Green and one for Jezebel (1938) by William Wyler.

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The kit of Joan Crawford’s make-up artist include several boxes of Max Factor Pan Stik creamy foundation.

The pressed powder on the left could be the famous Creme Puff by Max Factor, but no details are visible. Next to it there’s a gold tube of Bésame Cosmetics mascara and a beautiful gold vintage compact. The red round pot on the right is another Bésame product – the cream rouge in Crimson.

More Bésame products here: I’ve spotted other two round pots of cream rouge and a round pot of brightening powder. No details are shown, so it could be the Violet, the Vanilla or the Vanilla Rose one. On the table we see the pressed compact powder again, along with two gold bullet lipsticks (the one laying on the table is by Bésame) and a Bésame cake mascara with mirror compact.

Feud E01 (Pilot)

wp-1488816411100.pngOne of the most striking elements of Jane Hudson’s look is her make-up. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) invented it, taking inspiration from the concept of the “broken doll”, so important in the aesthetic of the 1962 Robert Aldrich film Feud is based on.

vlcsnap-2017-03-06-17h13m37s714In the memoir This ‘N That, Bette Davis explained she imagined Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of make-up. The bright lips, caked white face make-up and the heart-shaped beauty mark all have a part in achieving the iconic result, not to mention the curly blonde wig, used by the other protagonist of the film (Joan Crawford) in an old movie.

besameredhotred_bornunicornThe lipstick Bette applies is by Bésame Cosmetics, a bright orange-based red. My guess is that the shade could be Red Hot Red, described as “classic engine red,” a bold and brazen warm red.