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The Queen’s toilette was likewise a never-failing subject for [criticism from her brother.] He blamed her for having introduced too many new fashions; and teased her about her use of rouge.
One day, while she was laying on more of it than usual, before going to the play, he pointed out a lady who was in the room, and who was, in truth, highly painted. “A little more under the eyes,” said the Emperor to the Queen; “lay on the rouge like a fury, as that lady does.”
The Queen entreated her brother to refrain from his jokes, or at all events to address them, when they were so outspoken, to her alone.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

The Queen’s toilette was likewise a never-failing subject for [criticism from her brother.] He blamed her for having introduced too many new fashions; and teased her about her use of rouge.

One day, while she was laying on more of it than usual, before going to the play, he pointed out a lady who was in the room, and who was, in truth, highly painted. “A little more under the eyes,” said the Emperor to the Queen; “lay on the rouge like a fury, as that lady does.”

The Queen entreated her brother to refrain from his jokes, or at all events to address them, when they were so outspoken, to her alone.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

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    I imagine it was a more ladylike phrasing of “STFU, jackass, I’mma wear all the rouge I want!” Je t’aime, Votre Majesté
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