Renaissance Beauty

The Renaissance movement started in the 1400’s and spread throughout most of europe up till the 1600’s.

Powders made from white lead,and mercury were the most popular product to achieve a pale ivory skin that was desired by all women as well as men.

They also had a fascination with high hair lines, many plucked any extra hairs to achieve the look.Blush was kept minimal only to the apple and along the breast line to attract attention.


During the Renaissance, women strived for pale skin, and used a whitening agent composed of carbonate, hydroxide, and lead oxide to create a porcelain-like face. These agents, cumulatively stored in the body with each use, were responsible for numerous physical problems and resulted in some cases in muscle paralysis.

The idealized figures of Florentine art are a composite of perfect and symmetrical features, inspired by classical statues and humanist philosophy.


Plucked Shaved and Braided Medieval and Renaissance Beauty and Grooming Practices 1000-1600
Author: Daniela TurudichLaurie J. Welch

With more than 100 historical bath, beauty, and cosmetic recipes, this hilarious romp through the medieval and Renaissance fashion world describes beauty practices that seem grotesque today: plucking eyebrows and eyelashes out, shaving foreheads, and dying hair blue.