Disguising disease Women during the 15th to 17th centuries used tips from Renaissance "beauty pros" to disguise unhealthy complexions caused by diseases like smallpox. Tips suggested using white lead to create a fashionably white complexion and to cover any sores. The use of lead to powder the face poisoned and killed many, yet pale faces continued to be a huge trend. Some women in the sixth century even resorted to bleeding themselves to achieve that lovely alabaster glow.
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