Some people would do anything to achieve true beauty. Our ancestors made use of what they could find in nature in an effort to enhance their looks. Unfortunately, a few of these products were usually toxic while others were simply disgusting.
Cosmetics may have been a thing since the dawn of humanity. It has recently been discovered that Neanderthals wore certain shiny pigments all over their body. That’s right, cavemen wore body glitter. Here are six gross beauty products that humans used in the past.
1. Beetroot Lip And Cheek Tint
Let’s start off with something that isn’t too disgusting. We all know that beetroot can leave deep red stains on your clothing. Not surprisingly, women decided to use the beet’s rouging power to their advantage in the 1900s.
The juice of the beetroot would be applied to lips and cheeks like an all-natural stain. However, it went out of fashion in 1914 when Max Factor made beauty products more accessible.
2. Belladonna Eyedrops
Japanese animators love to create heroines with large eyes and huge, dilated pupils. They weren’t the only ones. Women in Renaissance Italy tried to emulate the look by using nightshade eyedrops on their peepers.
Belladonna is certainly poisonous so it’s a good thing that the trend has died out. The side effects included headaches, blurred vision, hallucinations, and even blindness. All for the sake of beauty.
3. Cochineal Lipstick
Cochineals are tiny insects that feed on red cactus berries in South America. These little critters appear white but release a surprisingly red fluid when squished. Naturally, the Aztec and Maya made use of the liquid to dye their clothes and create paintings. Not surprisingly, the bugs were also crushed to create lip color that could rival Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.
Here’s the cool thing: the same insects used by our ancestors are still being used today. Luckily, they are no longer crushed but the substance called carminic acid is still present in dyes and lipsticks.
4. Cinnabar Blush
If it’s red and from nature, it must be safe to use on your face, right? That’s what women thought when they found a mineral ore that produced an attractive red shade. Unfortunately, the mineral they found was cinnabar, which also produces mercury.
The mercury in cinnabar makes it highly toxic to humans. However, that didn’t stop people from the Near East to create a rouge that women can brush onto their cheeks.
5. Goatskin Unibrows
Strong eyebrows have always been seen as an attractive feature. However, the ancient Greeks believed that the unibrow was the epitome of beauty and intelligence. This meant that aspiring beauties with wispy brows had to fill them in with kohl or create false eyebrows made of goatskin.
If you think goatskin unibrows are gross, you won’t be happy with what women were doing during the Georgian era. Fashionable ladies would often remove their brows entirely and replace them with mouse skin eyebrows.
6. Black Teeth
A pearly white smile might be an ideal for the Western world but the Japanese have other ideas. The custom of Ohaguro requires dyeing your teeth black to be considered beautiful. Women would dissolve iron filling in vinegar before adding tea powder then applying it to their teeth.
Black teeth also became a trend during the Elizabethan era when sugar was scarce. Queen Elizabeth I had decayed teeth that turned black, leading to speculations that the monarch could still afford to eat as many sweets as she wants. Several ladies tried to emulate the queen’s look so they would be seen as wealthy as well.
7 Surprising Discoveries Revealed By Ancient Art
#4 is a fabulous surprise!
Humanity has been creating art since the dawn of mankind. These ancient artworks usually reflect our ancestor's culture and beliefs. Interestingly, scientists have found surprising details about our history through art.
Although most artworks have revealed interesting information, some have left scientists scratching their heads. For instance, nobody knows how artists managed to carve petroglyphs into the steep cliff face of the Oglakhty mountains 5,000 years ago. After all, these rock faces are barely accessible to the most experienced climbers these days. Needless to say, our ancestors may have risked their own life for their artworks. Here are seven other surprising discoveries that were revealed by ancient art.
1. The Savannas Of Saudi Arabia
The 1930s Meme That Became The World’s Most Spoken Word Started As A Joke
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The word 'OK' was first used in the 1830s when Boston’s young intellectuals started the fad of intentionally abbreviating certain expressions incorrectly as a joke to entertain people. Some of the abbreviated words were KC for “knuff ced” (enough said), KY for “know yuse” (no use), OW for “oll wright” (all right), and the OK “oll korrect” (all correct).
Somehow, OK is the only one that survived the passage of time and here's how:
During the early 1800s, “all right” means everything was in order.
Meet Mona Lisa Of The Seine, The World’s Most-Kissed Girl
Have you kissed her?
One of the most viewed displays at the International Life Cast Museum of Boston is the “Inconnue de la Seine" (the unknown woman of the Seine). She wears an enigmatic smile that inspired a lot of poets, novelists, and artists for many decades.
Her smile is enthralling but her backstory is more fascinating. In the 19th century, a lifeless body of a young woman was pulled out from the Seine River in Paris. During that period, every unidentified body was placed on a marble slab then put up against the morgue’s window for public viewing. This morbid and eccentric method was once a form of entertainment for Europeans.
Her beautiful face and Mona Lisa smile inspired the pathologist to have her face molded on a plaster cast.