Jan Van Eyck's famed "Arnolfini Wedding" portrait gives us a very detailed look at what a wealthy young bride in Northern Europe would have looked like. Women at the time plucked or shaved their hair to create an exaggeratedly high forehead, which was considered beautiful and aristocratic, and would have removed most or all of their eyebrow hair as well. For their blanched, flawless complexions, a young woman might also have used ceruse face powder, which was concocted out of lead.
Renaissance Northern Europe
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