• The evolution of beauty trends in the paintings of famous artists

    Wide eyebrows or lack thereof? What was fashionable in different eras and ages.

    Trends change with the speed of light, sometimes we do not even have time for them. I wonder if there were fashion trends a few centuries ago? And in the XV century? No one can answer this question. That is why we decided to analyze the paintings of famous artists and understand what kind of styling and makeup were in vogue in a particular era.

    Fragment of the painting The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, 1482-1486
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    Everybody knows about the painting “The Birth of Venus”, because this is one of the most famous paintings by Botticelli. It depicts Venus with a tired and thoughtful look, but this does not make her ugly. They say that she posed for the artist Simonetta Vespucci (beloved Giuliano Medici). Red wavy hair as if fluttering in the wind: it is clear that the main part of her hair is not curly, which means that the girl deliberately curled them in her face to appear more pretty.

    The Lady with the Unicorn by Raphael, 1505–1506
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    Twenty years later, Raphael painted his picture The Lady with the Unicorn, and we see a completely different picture - the girl's hair seems to be curled back. Women paid special attention to hairstyles and made them very skillfully. Also in fashion was absolutely white skin without a hint of tan. That is why many women applied whitewash on their face and body.

    "Portrait of a young woman." Albrecht Dürer, 1506
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    "Portrait of a young woman" Durer shows us that the girls had already been caring for their eyebrows. Just look at the eyebrows of this lady, which are decorated very carefully. The face was still pale, which showed that it belonged to a high society.

    "Girl with a pearl earring." Jan Vermeer, 1665
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    "Girl with a pearl earring" shows that natural beauty needs to be complemented by a light blush. As we all know from the fairy tale "Frost", this can be achieved with the help of small tingling of the cheeks. Perhaps they used more unusual ways to do this.

    "Lady in Blue". Thomas Gainsborough, 1770-1780
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    Pale faces do not give up their positions in the XVIII century.However, it was then that the doctors began to notice that the whitewash, which the girls were so fond of, dried out the skin very much and brought the kidneys to toxic lesions. At the time, the girls were forbidden to use any skin lightening agents, but then all the same, this trend returned. But even then at least some, yes, cosmetic production began to improve. Pale skin, light blush and black eyebrows were a real trend followed by all women.

    Much attention was paid to girls and hairstyles. They purposely lifted their hair in tiers so that the styling looked makimally pretentious, but nevertheless refined.

    "Maria Friderika Prusskaya". Joseph Karl Stiler, 1825–1889
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    Prussian princess, captured in the picture of Steeler, would look very nice in our time. Ideal eyebrows, which are slightly tinted with soot, are the main focus on the face. In addition, many historians report that at that time thin skin was in fashion, which is why girls painted veins over white.

    "Portrait of Actress Jeanne Samary." Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1877
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    French actress Jeanne Samary had a very bright appearance.It seems that she naturally had dark eyebrows. It was she who became the muse and model of many canvases of Renoir, who tried to capture the many facets of her beauty. The trend for bright lipstick did not give up their positions, however, as the blush. At the same time, the girls began to emphasize their eyes with a black pencil so that their eyes looked more expressive.

    Mad Primavezi. Gustave Klimt, 1912
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    And here is the beginning of the XX century. The time when cosmetics finally appears in our usual form. This was demonstrated by Gustave Klimt in the painting “Mad Primavezi”. With the naked eye, you can see that the entire arsenal of cosmetics has been applied to the girl's face: both shades of blue, blush, and lipstick. Lipstick of a bright shade was incredibly popular at the beginning of the last century.


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