Beauty and the Beasts

Reprinted from my newsletter:

As I write about Kendra’s adventures, I tend to do a lot of research into the life and customs of the Regency era. However, sometimes my research takes me into different eras. While meandering through the early 18th century, I found an interesting piece of information that I thought I’d include here.

Beauty has always been sought after and coveted. And apparently thick, well-shaped eyebrows were as big a trend in the 1700s as it is today. Yet not all women were blessed with thick, well-shaped eyebrows. According to Sarah Jane Downing’s book, BEAUTY AND COSMETICS 1550-1950, someone realized that mice, which plagued many households, had short, brown fur that would make the perfect eyebrow. As a consequence, mice were caught and skinned, their tiny furry hides then cut, shaped and glued onto the woman’s forehead as artificial eyebrows! The beauty enhancement was so popular that several poets wrote about it, including Jonathon Swift. This is a verse from his 1734 poem, A Beautiful Young Nymph Going To Bed:

Her Eye-Brows from a Mouse's Hyde,
Stuck on with Art on either Side,
Pulls off with Care, and first displays 'em, 
Then in a Play-Book smoothly lays 'em.

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