How much do you know about global beauty standards?

BEAUTY & FASHION

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Annette

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, but you're going to be amazed at the different standards across cultures. Big, little, dark, and light, there's a different ideal in every country and every age. So let's see how beauty savvy you are and take a trip around the world and back in time! Put on some lipstick. . .

What did women use to set their wigs in the 18th century?

Women and men set their wigs with powder and lard, which attracted mice. No, no, no....

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Which of these cultures was obsessed with perfume?

The Egyptians were obsessed with perfume. It was used both cosmetically and medicinally.

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How did rich Roman woman attain white teeth?

Roman women actually gargled urine to whiten their teeth. Bad choice. Bad choice.

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When nylons ran out in WWII, what did women do?

Woman actually painted their legs to have that tan look. Very resourceful. Some even drew in seams, which were present on actual hose at the time.

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Who revolutionized the way women styled their hair in the '70s?

Farrah Fawcett hair changed it all! Everyone coveted those loose waves.

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What does a Maori woman do to increase her beauty​?

Maori women and men tattoo their faces. They consider it beautiful. It's actually pretty cool....

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What was the favored Renaissance body type?

Renaissance women wanted to be round and soft. This is often depicted in Renaissance art.

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What was the favored body type of the Roaring '20s?

The goal of the Roaring '20s was to not look like a woman, but rather, a little girl.

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Twiggy influenced the popular body type of which decade?

Twiggy was a famous British model who made skinniness all the rage. The waif look has persisted....

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Which culture thought skull elongation was beautiful?

Yes, the Mayans contorted their skulls. It's super weird and painful, but beauty hurts.

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According to "Seventeen" magazine, what was the latest beauty trend​ in early 2016?

Rainbow freckles were in, and psoriasis was out. It just doesn't make sense.

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Which part of a male's body was most favored in the Middle Ages?

Men were obsessed with their calves in the Middle Ages. Calves were more important than abdominal muscles.

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Which culture spends the most on skin lighteners?

The Chinese spend a ton of money on skin lighteners. Pale complexions are considered the most beautiful.

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What is a divorce corset?

The divorce corset "divorced" the breasts, as it were. Basically, it separated them.

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Which women wanted receding hairlines?

In the Renaissance, a receding hairline was considered beautiful. Ladies would actually pluck the hair out. Ouch!

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How long were Chinese women's nails in the Qing Dynasty?

Long nails were a huge deal in China then, and they are still today.

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What is a "sorrow brow"?

Women in China would also use funny colors for their brows. They clearly had a fixation.

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What culture is famous for looking effortlessly​ beautiful?

French women want to look effortless, and they can't understand why everyone else wears so much makeup!

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In the Heian Period of Japan, women were considered​ beautiful if. . .

Long hair - extremely long - was treasured in the Heian Period. Nothing much has changed since then.

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WWII nurses wore red lipstick for what reason?

They wore red lipstick to cheer up the men, and to remind themselves that they were ladies on the battlefield.

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When was "heroin chic" popular?

Kate Moss made heroin chic popular in the '90s. Thank God that's done.

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What are the common names for rhinoplasty, mastopexy, rhytidectomy and blepharoplasty?

Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery comes with the same risks as other surgeries. Also, changing your appearance may not change the way you feel on the inside.

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Fixation with eyes is an essential component of which culture?

In the Arabic culture, women can't show much else but their eyes! That's why they layer on​ the kohl liner.

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Which of these was NOT done in the Middle Ages?

It just doesn't work. It just doesn't....

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When were beauty patches in favor?

The 18th century was when women went from plain to over the top! Beauty patches were little bits of fabric made to look like birthmarks.

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Which group of males spends more money on skincare than any other male population?

South Korea is notorious for skincare fanaticism, and men are not immune!

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What was the most sought-after hair color in ancient Greece?

The Greeks loved blondes. How original....

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How long did an Italian Renaissance woman's lipstick last?

The unique lip stain that they used actually lasted a week, even after washing their faces every day!

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Who had the ideal body in the 1950s?

All these ladies were considered ideal. Feminine, alluring and effortlessly striking.

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Which culture favored black teeth?

Japanese women were thought to be beautiful if they had black teeth. It was called Ohaguro, and it was a bad choice.

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During the Chinese Tang Dynasty, what was considered beautiful?

In the Tang Dynasty, women were considered beautiful if they had thick, full cheeks and round bodies. Wouldn't that be a relief today?

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Where do men only want fat wives?

Mauritania is notorious for their plump, luxurious women. It's considered a sign of wealth and superiority.

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When was nipple piercing surprisingly popular?

The Victorian era was quite strange, to say the least. Women pierced their nipples and sometimes attached them with a chain.

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When did women start to lift weights?

It was within these two decades that women became body conscious and began to lift weights. You go girls!

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Who was obsessed with the unibrow?

Ancient Greek women thought a unibrow was a sign of purity. If they didn't have it, they drew it!

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