Classical Studies 3400E Chapter Notes -Cinnabar, Hair Removal, Hypersexuality

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83; loose vagina, dark skin, smelly, old women who depilate in hopes of sex; women who are too skinny or too fat). A pale complexion was sought by women; to achieve it, roman women plastered their faces with cerussa (white lead: this was an ingredient in female cosmetics up until the early 19th c). Chalk dust was also be used on the face to whiten it, and was safer than white lead. Those women who plastered with chalk dust or cerussa were warned to keep out of the rain lest their makeup streak, and also to avoid the sun, because sweat would likewise ruin the mask. Similarly, women were supposed to avoid shedding tears while made-up. Some rouges were composed of cinnebar (red mercuric sulphide), or minium (red lead); both were poisonous. Different substances were used to outline and enhance brows and eyes. Kohl for eyelids or brows was in powdered form.

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