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Standards of Beauty

Since they stayed inside or in the shade so much1, women rich enough not to have to work maintained very pale complexions. This pallor was much admired as a sign of a enviable life of leisure and wealth, much as an even, all-over tan is valued today for the same reason. Women regularly used powdered white lead as make-up to give themselves a suitably pale look2. As depictions of women on vase paintings3, richly decorated and colorful clothing4, headbands, coiffures, and jewelry5 constituted important aspects of a woman's beauty as well.

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