18 Bizarre Beauty Trends From History.
Beauty standards are in a constant state of flux. So, what might be cool right this very minute, may seem odd and dated in about 10 years. But if you take a look back even further, like say, a couple of centuries, you’ll realize that beauty trends from the past were unusual and shocking. But in those days, it was considered perfectly normal. So, if you’re interested in doing something new with your look, then try some of these weird and crazy beauty trends from long ago that are bound to be a conversation starter when you tell people where you got your inspiration from.
#1. WWII led to a shortage of nylon, which left women without pantyhose. But they found a solution.
To give the illusion that they were wearing pantyhose; a variety of paint products went on sale that allowed women to paint their legs. But those who couldn’t afford the products used whatever they could find like gravy.
World War II poster, Amberley Museum
#2. Did you know that in Japan, it was traditional for women to blacken their teeth to symbolize beauty?
It was also considered a sign of marital commitment. So, for thousands of years, Japanese women used a dark brown solution made out of dissolved iron filings in vinegar. Not only was it trendy, but it prevented tooth decay!
#3. In the 18th century, women started accessorizing their faces with classy beauty patches.
Tiny pieces of fabric shaped like squares, circles, and stars were glued to women’s faces. But the meaning of these patches varied by their location. So, if a woman had a patch on her right cheek, then she was married. If a woman had a patch near her mouth, she was a total flirt.
#4. Regardless of the gender, the people of China once thought that long nails were actually cool.
During China's Qing Dynasty, both genders grew their nails out eight to ten inches. Some women even wore gold nail guards to preserve their pointy manicures. But only upper-class citizens were allowed to do this to show off that they were richer than the lowly commoners.
#5. You might think that piercings in people’s private parts are a relatively new concept, but you’re wrong.
The beauty practice dates back to the Victorian era. Rich women pierced their bosoms and linked them using a chain. While men pierced themselves below the waist. In fact, rumor has it that Prince Albert had one of these piercings, too. In fact, if you visit a place that does piercings and ask for a Prince Albert piercing, they will know exactly what you mean.
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