16 Little-Known Facts About Makeup
Written by Nastasia Delmedico
Makeup and beauty trends have evolved considerably throughout the years. What seems like a normal element in your beauty regime today, was probably not a regular custom during the Elizabethan era. Some unique makeup tips, tricks, and facts include:
- Leeches to make skin paler
- Using crocodile fat to wipe away freckles
- And using coal tar as mascara or liner
Regardless of the era, women from any period utilize makeup in different ways and for a number of different purposes that change depending on the cultural climate.
Here are 16 historical facts about makeup and beauty techniques that you probably never knew about.
1. Although painting your nails seems like a beauty trend that’s been around forever, the first nail polish patent was created 97 years ago in 1919. The first color was of a light pink hue.
2. Back then, Romen women would dilate their pupils with belladonna drops because bigger pupils was considered a trait of beauty. However, the chemical in these drops were of a poisonous plant called the perennial herbaceous, commonly referred to as ‘deadly nightshade’ that made this trend short lived.
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3. Since red lipstick wasn’t around, the Aztecs used beetles for a big and bright lip.
4. While on set, Elizabeth Taylor denied the permission of allowing other women on-set to wear red lipstick. She loved her red lip THAT much.
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