An Illustrated History of Beauty
Modern beauty rituals go way back—as far back as ancient Egypt, where people used powdered lead to define their eyes (and, you know, ward off curses). The illustrated timelines below share the backstory behind today's beauty trends.
Why do we celebrate the way we do? Because people feared evil spirits, kidnappers liked to crash weddings, and brides smelled bad.
The 100,000-year history of cosmetics proves there’s nothing more timeless than smearing stuff on your face to look pretty.
A look at the history of body modification, from flattening babies’ heads with boards to dilating your pupils with poison that makes you go blind.
We illustrate some of the strangest (and largest) hair trends throughout history and wonder—will live birds ever make a comeback?