Marie-Antoinette With and Without Make-up

One of the positive influences of the last Queen of Versailles on the world of fashion was a gradual simplification of the beauty products. Her major innovation was the use of simple lemon water and no make-up whatsoever. This idea did not come to her right away. In the early years of her reign, just like under Louis XV and Louis XIV, women were extremely toxic: the so-called Spanish mascara, the white paste with which they covered themselves, was lead-based; as for the lipstick, it contained arsenic! some women even swallowed this poison to attain the unnatural pallor. Today we all know that when used over a long time and in moderation, even much stronger toxins can be ingested without killing right away, but, gentlemen, imagine kissing such a beauty, or, God forbid, getting seriously involved!

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