Each epoch has its own concept of what a beauty is. But there is one thing that remains the same — there are always tricks that women use to stay fashionable and beautiful.
Bright Side wants to talk about the most unusual standards of beauty of the past and prove that the phrase “fashion victim” can apply to time gone by, not just the present.
Lipstick made of bugs and ants (Ancient Egypt)
Perhaps it was in Egypt where lipstick was the most popular. Here, almost the entire population, except for poor people, wore lipstick — and it wasn’t even for vanity but for protection from the burning sun and harsh winds.
At first, it was seaweed dye, iodine, bromine, and mannitol that were used in its production. However, since this combination was very harmful, Egyptians soon learned how to make a red dye called carmine from bugs and ants. And according to the information about and images of Cleopatra, she was a big fan of red lipstick.
Foot binding (from the 10th century until the early 20th century, China)
Foot binding was used for changing the shape of young girls’ feet so that they would remain small.