16 Little-Known Facts About Makeup

Written by Nastasia Delmedico
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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
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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.

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Here are 16 historical facts about makeup and beauty techniques that you probably never knew about.

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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.

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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.

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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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