Beauty is one of the most subjective things in the world. Every age has its own ideal what everyone is mad about and want to achieve while forgetting that they are beautiful on their own way. No one should ever feel bad about their appearance as idols are changing time and again. As an evidence, now we show you the biggest beauty standards of history.
1. Ancient Egypt
Looking at the famous Egyptian murals people seem to be quite narcissistic at the first sight but they had reasonable cause to that. Further researches explored their beauty habits and can prove that wearing wigs and hair extensions were common practices to prevent lice. Their makeup is also remarkable with a dramatic use of kohl eyeliners for both genders which mixed with moisture from the eyes and formed an anti-bacterial protecting layer thus reducing glares from the sun. The huge amount of jewelry they wore had powerful religious importance.
2. Heian Japan
The most iconic beauty element of the medieval Japan is the extremely long, black hair which often reached the floor and was worn as shiny black tresses, called kurokami straight down their back, in a loose ponytail or bun. Aristocrat women shaved off their eyebrows and painted a new one high on their forehead and drew bright rose-bun lips. They used a heavy rice powder to color their face and neck white but their teeth seemed yellow so they painted them black.
3. Renaissance Italy
This era was kind of the inverse of today’s beauty ideals. Women had full figure with more flash, no bones seen, thick arms and pale skin to represent their notability. Trying to preserve their youth female have their hair strawberry blonde which made them look brighter with their faded skin. It went together with high forehead and those who didn’t have that, resorted to plucking their hairline. They used pink and red lipstick on their lips and cheeks to have a glowing, bright look.
4. 18th-century France
Similar to renaissance, white skin was extremely important to represent class and respectability. They applied heavy makeup and foundation which showed aristocracy even more and covered aging, sun and diseases as well. They also used a thick layer of lipstick on their cheeks in an upside down triangular shape and often drew beauty patches on their faces. Eyebrows had a half moon shape with tapered end and dark color. They left their eyes bare but their lips softly reddish.
5. Early 1900s
Along the 1900s, beauty ideals have changed in every decade. In the early years, all women’s purpose was to have a youthful and natural look. Heavy makeup was worn by promiscuous women so it was better to avoid it. The 1920s was a huge along-turn as artificial makeup look became popular with Revlon and the “moon manicure”. Women gained freedom and power so they made changes in their look – bob hair and slim, boyish silhouettes were rocking and they started showing more from their body.
Looking through the beauty ideals of the ages we can see that every type was fashionable at least once. Self-love and confidence is getting more and more important so stay calm, you’re beautiful!