It's impossible to meet the incredibly unrealistic and changing beauty standards of our world, and many of us have already spent way too much time trying to pluck, paint, or contour ourselves into stacking up. It may not be a surprise to learn that this is basically a timeless issue, but some of the beauty ideals of the past are really hard to imagine as fun or glamorous.
Beauty standards through history have shifted into so many forms that some of the hottest styles of the past are basically horrifying, or at least way more trouble - and danger - than they are worth. Sure, makeup is a pain, but at least we aren't shaving back our hairlines or painting our legs with gravy juice anymore. Check out this list for some of the weirdest historical beauty standards ever.
Erotic Piercings Were Somehow Huge During The Victorian EraPhoto: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The Greeks Loved A Good Unibrow
Veiny Cleavage Was A 17th-Century Must-HavePhoto: Cornelius the Elder / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Japanese Women Actually Wanted Black TeethPhoto: Utagawa Kunisada / via Wikimedia