How much do you know about dangerous beauty practices?

BEAUTY & FASHION

Annette

5 Min Quiz

What dangerous product is used in a Brazilian blowout?

Yah, the FDA begs you not to get a Brazilian blowout. Do yourself a favor.

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What are beauty patches?

These were widely used in the 1700s and came in the shape of stars, hearts and moons.

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Where in the world is neck extension considered beautiful?

Neck extension, using various rings, is quite popular in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Unfortunately, you can't ever take them off. You'd die.

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What hazardous product was used to cure blemishes?

Yes. Mercury is quite poisonous, and it was once used in place of benzoyl peroxide. Even today, some products manufactured outside of the U.S. contain mercury, in the form of "mercurous chloride," "calomel," "mercurio" or "mercuric."

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In what country was the dangerous practice of foot binding popular?

Foot binding makes the feet impossibly small. It's also incredibly painful.

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What's the most disgusting diet trend in history?

Women actually ingested tapeworm in order to get thin. Who is that desperate?

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When was the ridiculous age of neon eyeshadow and frosty pink lipstick?​

The '80s were when neon eyeshadow was hot. In fact, pretty much in terms of anything, more was more.

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What bizarre liquid diet ritual are you giving a try?

Juice cleanses aren't natural at all. In fact, they can be dangerous. Ditch this bizarre modern ritual.

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What dangerous ingredient was in makeup for centuries?

Lead was used in ladies' makeup in the 18th century to make them look more pale. Yikes!

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The deadly nightshade belladonna was used to do what to the eyes?

Italian women used belladonna, a deadly nightshade tincture, to make their pupils dilate. This was seriously dangerous and made them look cray-cray.

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What harmful fashion trend are you practicing today?​

High heels are not good for you. Let's be honest. They're a cultural trend in beauty, but they're very restrictive.

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What current beauty trend will you possibly regret years from now?

Seriously. It's bad for your hair. Stop doing it.

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What modern beauty practice can displace your organs?

Waist training with a corset can actually displace your organs. And it can even fracture your ribs.

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After the decline of ancient Egypt, when did wigs once again become fashionable?

When the King lost his hair, he got an enormous wig. The trend caught on fire from there.

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Which of these was NOT a common face powder in the 19th century?

We all want to apply faerie dust to our faces, but this was not so in the 19th century. The other powders were popular, though.

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What dangerous product was once used in makeup?

Arsenic - a known poison - was once a prime ingredient in makeup. It was supposed to remove pimples and other blemishes.

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What is considered the red lipstick era?

The 1940s were the time for red lipstick. They applied Vaseline on top for extra sheen!

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When were lard and powder used in hair?

The late 1700s had some pretty crazy hair, and to hold it all in place they used lard. That sounds like a seriously bad idea. Lard (without powder) has continued to be used by some as a hair conditioner.

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What is a nose machine?

The nose machine was the Victorian answer to the nose job. It added pressure to the cartilage of the nose, and thus, shaped it.

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What is a new beauty trend of the late 2010s?

This is by far the most pronounced beauty trend of our age, and it's here to stay! Everybody has ombre hair these days.

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What controversial practice may still be going on today?

It is claimed that women used to have their ribs removed to have a smaller waist. Some say that this practice is still going on today!

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What's the worst skincare trend in history?

Okay, there was no dog doo, worm, or tarantula skincare, thank goodness. But there was radioactive skincare. And it was a bad idea.

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Where did folks think black teeth were beautiful?

In Japan, women would dye their teeth to appear more beautiful. This started in 200 A.D.

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How was arsenic once used?

Women actually ingested arsenic and claimed that it made them more beautiful. Wow. Just, wow.

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What is carmine, an ingredient in blush, made from?

Yup, your lovely blush might owe its glow to ground and dried red beetles. Don't obsess about your face too much, though - you probably ingest the stuff too. It's a common food dye.

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Can fake eyelashes harm your real eyelashes?

You can damage your eyes with that glue. And you risk harm to the eyelid, eye infection and damage to your existing eyelashes.

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What is the proper name for women's large hoop skirts?

Crinolines are enormous hoop skirts that women used to wear. Must have made it hard to get through doors.

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In which age were veins considered beautiful?

In the late 1800s, ladies traced their veins with blue and purple. This gave them the appearance of being more pale.

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What dangerous beauty practice are you possibly doing right now?

Cheap mani-pedis are actually not good for you at all. Herpes, fungus, warts, you name it. Pay a little extra.

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What Victorian beauty practice was inspired by women with consumption?​

In one stage of consumption women looked beautiful, and thus, someone was dumb enough to chalk it up to bloodletting.

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What was used to brighten the eyes in the 19th century?

People actually put lemon juice in their eyes to make them brighter. That was a bad idea!!!!

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When did women trim their eyelashes?

Just another weird thing that women did in the 1800s.

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When was face bleaching popular?

Ladies of the Victorian era wanted to be super pale, so they bleached their faces. Ouch!

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When did the dangerous practice of eyelash extension begin?

In the late 1800s, women underwent a dangerous and creepy procedure to extend their eyelashes. Let's just say it involved a needle and thread.

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What harmful rays were once used to remove excess body hair?

X-rays were used for depilation in the early twentieth century. Bad idea. Just bad.

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About This Quiz

The history of beauty is also the history of pain and ridiculousness. In this quiz, we're going to highlight some of the most bizarre and strange beauty practices throughout history. Some will be surprising, but some you may be practicing yourself!

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