Health & Beauty

07 Beauty Trends That Used to Be Unexpectedly Weird

Since the beginning of time, people have been looking to beautify themselves in various ways, whether through tattoos, face paint, clothing, and accessories, or even access to clean water and soap. However, there have been many beauty trends throughout history that we now see as strange or absurd. They used to be popular though because they were thought to make you look more beautiful or special! Here are 7 beauty trends that used to be surprisingly weird!

Ugly Was The Norm

The use of animal fat in the soap in the ancient days was considered hygienic and beautiful. Rubbing plant ash into your skin to create a gray tint, and then rubbing dirt on your face were also popular practices. The grotesque beauty trends, coupled with a natural lack of access to modern grooming supplies, forced people to think outside the box for beauty trends that are strange by today's standards. In Ancient Rome, some Roman women dyed their hair green or blue-gray by using boiled walnut shells as a dye agent. It was an effortless way to achieve luster and gleam without any time spent under the sun.

Cat Eyes

They're back! We didn't even know they were gone. Cats have always been known for their almond-shaped eyes (which makes sense — they're so tiny), but this makeup style came back into fashion in the early 2000s because it looked so different from an actual cat's eye. Plus, it made your eyes look bigger than usual!

Makeup as a Life Skill

In the early 2000s, it was about how to use makeup to look like a model. Then came the selfie, and everyone started taking pictures of themselves looking like models. Well, maybe not everyone, but society has become obsessed with looking good.

It's not just about your face and hair, though — makeup has become an essential life skill that you can use to help you stand out from the crowd. You can apply it to get attention at work or school, or make yourself look good on a date.

The best part is that it doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming — we've found some amazing products that are cheap, easy to use, and give you great results without breaking the bank.

Purple Lipstick

Purple lipstick was first introduced by Elizabeth Arden in 1954 and used as a fashion symbol during the 1960s. The color became popular in the early 2000s and has stayed with us forever!

Waterproof Mascara

Mascara was invented in 1854. However, waterproof mascara was introduced by Maybelline, New York, in 1992. The product was very popular from the start. Still, they've since fallen out of favor due to their tendency to break apart easily when applied or removed improperly (we all know how messy those things get!). However, waterproof mascaras are returning now as manufacturers add more durable formulas to their products!

Dyeing Your Eyebrows

This is still a thing! The ancient Egyptians dyed their eyebrows with henna plants containing a chemical called asafoetida that makes your hair look gray. The ancient Greeks also used to dye their hair blond with the same plant.

Not only did they dye their hair, but they also painted their fingernails red or black, or even blue and green! As recently as 1880, women in Italy would have their nails dyed green or purple to match their dresses.

Glitter Eyeliner 

This was another look that got popular in the early 2000s, but quickly went out of style again. It was pretty easy to do — just add some glitter on top of your regular eyeliner, and you were good to go! But it was more about looking extra sparkly.


These seven beauty trends show that there are a lot of things we take for granted now, but they were not always that way. Remember that fashion and beauty have been evolving for centuries. We may have the opportunity to be trendsetters in our own time.

Beth Norris

Beth Norris has years of experience working with top cosmetic and skincare brands for years  which reflects in her blogs which are packed with beauty and skincare tips. She has amassed a big following over the years, who wait for her content anxiously.