History of Beauty

In the 15th century:
*They plucked hairlines to make forehead look higher, and wore elaborate headdresses
*Blond hair was a sing of high class and beauty so men and women would dye hair blond

In the 16th century:
*Francis I of France accidentally burned his hair with a torch, men began to wear short hair and grew short beards and mustaches.
*Women copied queen Elizabeth naturally pale complexion and red hair, using white powder in great abundance, along with red wig.
*Inspired by Italian women, the Elizabethan lady would also give a healthy glow to her cheeks by using lead-based rouge colored with dye. She'd color in her eyebrows, lips and even blue veins with alabaster pencils. For the final touch, she'd apply a thin glaze of egg-white paste to hold it all together.

18th Century
*They wore white-powdered wigs tied back into a long braid at the back of the neck and encased in a black silk bag, or tied with a black bow.
*Women had trim, crimped or curled heads, powdered and decorated with garlands or bows.
*1770s, coiffures built over horsehair pads or wire cages and powdered with starch were all the rage.

*A modest, natural beauty, restrained and without makeup.
*Middle- and upper-class women used cosmetics less. Beyond face powders, more audacious colored makeup was reserved for prostitutes and actresses, who wore it only on stage.
*Beginning in the 1840s, women's heads were sleek the hair oiled and smoothed down over the temples with long sausage curls at the side and later with a heavy knot of curls or plaits in back.
*In the 19th century men tended to keep their hair relatively short, sometimes curled and dressed with macassar oil. Most men wore some variety of mustache, sideburns or beard.

*Popular new short "bobbed," waved or shingled hairstyles symbolized the growing freedom of women.
*The heavy use of makeup also returned to fashion in this era.
*Fashion-conscious white men wore their hair parted in or near the center and slicked back with brilliantine — an oily, perfumed substance that added shine and kept hair in place.

*Longer, more feminine hairstyles became popular again,. Veronica Lake created a sensation by wearing a lock of hair that covered one eye.
*The hairstyle that most symbolized the era, however, was parted on the side, with soft curls falling over the shoulder.
*Also, for the first time, tanned skin (for both men and women) began to be perceived as a symbol of high class.
*Men continued to wear their hair short and often slicked back with oil, and skinny, trimmed mustaches.

*The glamorous woman at home, able to attend to all domestic chores without a hair out of place, became a popular image.
*The "doe eye," created with shadow on the lids, eyebrow pencil, mascara and heavy eyeliner; along with a pale complexion and intensely colored lips, became fashionable.
*Hair was teased, styled, sculpted and sprayed at the salon every week into a helmet of perfectly formed curls, waves.
*Hip white men wore their hair combing the hair back on the side of the head and holding it in place with hair grease coupled with long, thick sideburns.

*opted for more practical short styles, or long, straight hair.
*dark eyes paired with pale lips (or, by the late '60s, no makeup at all).
*"mop tops" created a revolution in men's hairstyles — making long hair fashionable for the first time since the 18th century.

*Hair became the symbol of the era in more ways than one, evolving into perhaps the most powerful means of projecting an image or making a statement. For most of the decade, men and women of all ethnicities wore their hair long, natural and above all free.
*Freely falling curls, bronzed skin and glossy lips created a short-and-sassy wedge cut.
*Men adapted "wingback" style into the center-parted, "feathered" hairstyles worn by teen idols such as Leif Garret and the Bee Gees.
*The Afro hairstyle remained popular and was also adopted by many white men and women, though a closer-cropped version,
*Punk look that included spiked hairdos dyed bright fluorescent colors, shaved and tattooed scalps, facial piercings and spectacular makeup.

*The "age of excess" heavy makeup with vibrant neon colors and intentionally messed-up and off-colored hair.
*"Jheri Curl," sparkling and wet-looking,
*Punk-influenced spiked hairstyles, including a small braid at the back of the neck (the "rat tail").
*The "preppy" look was also in, popularizing traditional short hairstyles for men and women.

*Extreme thinness, from the strung-out, emaciated appearance of the face and body.
*The "grunge" movement in rock music popularized an unkempt, natural style.
*Tongue, eyebrow and nose piercings (for both men and women).
*Shaving the head was a popular "hairstyle" for men of all races.
*Modern version of the '60s shag. The "Rachel" cut was sleeker, with longer layers and face-framing highlights.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this was interesting to read :]
i really liked it;
but you should have done the 2000s =]
just a thought.
keep up the good work!