Blogstar entry: the beauty mark
While watching a movie the other day, a young actress pulled off her beauty spot. I thought how years ago how this was all the trend and it got me wondering.
I wondered where the “beauty mark” fitted in the scheme of the beauty cycle. [Who had the best trademark? Was it Cindy Crawford or Marilyn Monroe?]
This is what I stumbled across:
Like many of our “Tools of the Trade”, e.g. the tweezers and sharpeners, the Beauty Mark has gone off the beauty radar. One centimeter or less is considered a beauty mark so does this mean Nanny McFee’s [where the Principal of Uncle Buck said he would get a rat to gnaw that thing off her face] is not considered as a beauty mark but rather a “mole”.
In the Renaissance era they plucked their foreheads to make them appear higher, blondes were of high class and a sign of beauty. Greek Myth is also associated with the beauty mark. The Gods were jealous of those who looked too perfect and created a small dark spot on their faces.
In the 17th Century they used patches to cover the scars received as a result of a smallpox epidemic, and continued using them when the epidemic subsided.
However, in more recent times the beauty mark was used to denote different meanings depending on the position on the face:
near the mouth signalled a “willingness to flirt”;
on the right cheek meant the woman was married;
on the left cheek meant the woman was engaged; and
the corner of the eye meant “Let’s do it”.
(Does this mean Cindy Crawford was willing to flirt?)
I began to think where I would put my beauty mark. Would anybody notice or would they think it’s a dirty mark or a blemish I was covering.
As a fashion statement, it left me wondering if I will ever see this trend again. Who will bring the beauty mark back in vogue? If it does come back, will I be able to pull it off?
Only time will tell if and how this quirky black mark, whether natural or cosmetic, will make its return to the beauty world.
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