Coco Chanel (Accidentally) Popularized The Tan And 7 More Beauty Facts (PHOTOS)

01/22/2013 07:26 am ET | Updated Jan 22, 2013

The next time you put on a bit of mascara, take a second to think about the ladies of yore (the Victorian era, specifically) who used to whip up a scary-sounding blend of lamp ash and elderberry juice to make a DIY lash darkener of sorts. Back in the Renaissance days -- when pale was the new tan -- women would create porcelain-like facades by dusting on a near-lethal concoction of lead and carbonate.

Oh, how far we've come. Check out those and six other beauty facts that might just give you pause. Do you know of any other bizarro beauty facts? Enlighten us in the comments.

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