– The ideal of beauty in Ancient Egypt was a slender and graceful woman with full lips and huge almond-shaped eyes. To dilate the pupils and make the eyes shine, they dripped juice from the “sleepy nightshade” plant into them. The most beautiful eye color was considered green, but this was a rare color. Resourceful Egyptian women outlined their eyes with green paint made from carbonated copper. To complete the image, they painted their nails on their hands and feet green.
– Mayan women painted their bodies with a red ointment to which they added a very sticky and fragrant resin. After this procedure, they became elegant and perfumed. Various paints were also applied to the face.
– The beauty ideal in Ancient China was a small, delicate woman with tiny feet. No decent Chinese man would marry a girl with large feet. To keep the foot small, girls tightly bandaged their foot, and it stopped growing. By the way, the main advantage of a man in China was considered to be long hair, which was braided into fancy braids.
– In Ancient Greece, there was a cult of the trained body. The standard of a beautiful body among the Greeks became the sculpture of Aphrodite: height – 164 cm, chest circumference – 86 cm, waist – 69 cm, hips – 93 cm. According to the canons of Greek beauty, a beautiful face combined a straight nose and large eyes.
– In Ancient Rome, there was a cult of light skin and blond hair. It was the Roman women who first mastered the secret of hair bleaching. They rubbed them with a sponge soaked in goat’s milk oil and beech ash, and then bleached them in the sun.
– In the Middle Ages, earthly beauty was considered sinful, and enjoyment of it was forbidden. Hair bleaching was declared an unholy occupation. The figure was hidden under a layer of heavy fabrics, and the hair was hidden under a cap. Now the ideal of a medieval woman was the Blessed Virgin Mary – an elongated oval face, huge eyes, and a small mouth.
– In the early 13th century, the cult of worshiping the “beautiful lady” began. A woman is now compared to a rose – she is tender, fragile, and graceful. By the way, for this reason, small breasts are in fashion.
– In the Renaissance era, a pale complexion, a slender “swan neck,” and a high, clean forehead were considered beautiful. To elongate the face, ladies shaved their hair in front and plucked their eyebrows, and to make the neck appear longer, they shaved the back of the neck.