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8 Beauty Lessons We've Learned Through The Ages

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We all know it: It's often difficult to embrace our looks in a culture driven by conventional standards of beauty. Embracing your natural loveliness is tricky when you're inundated with imagery of bodies and faces of impossible perfection. (Thanks, Photoshop!)

Still, while we all recognize that unrealistic ideals don't always reflect the world around us, there's a lot we can learn from the past. As beauty trends and rituals evolve, we find that what's "flawed" in one generation becomes "flawless" in the next.

We've partnered with Suave Professionals to bring you eight lessons about beauty we've learned throughout history.

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    The 1920s
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    Short hair, don't care.
    Following the hyper-feminine trends of the 18th and 19th centuries, a sexual revolution occurred in the Roaring '20s. American women shed their layered petticoats and cinched waistlines in favor of loose-fitting silhouettes to hide their curves. Along with this boyish new look, women also embraced shorter hair, popularizing bob and finger wave trends.
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    The 1930s and 1940s
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    Money can't buy you class.
    Fusing the best of both worlds, women in the 1930s and '40s combined the more modest long hemlines of the turn of the century with the sexy, swinging silhouettes of the '20s. The result? A subtle look that is an eternal classic.
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    The 1950s
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    Hips don't lie.
    By mid-century, hourglass figures became the national ideal, with Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe popularizing curves.
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    The 1960s
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    The eyes are the windows to the soul.
    From voluminous hair to tons of eyeliner, the '60s were all about the drama, baby! Popularized by period style icons like Twiggy, American women increasingly embraced the mod make-up trend, opting for dramatic lash extensions, heavy eyeliner and pale lips.
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    The 1970s
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    Natural is a state of being.
    From Farrah Fawcett's minimalist makeup to Pam Grier's signature fro, the '70s were an era in which natural beauty reigned supreme.
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    The 1980s
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    The bigger the hair, the closer to God.
    Perhaps best described as the decade of big hair, aerosol cans of hairspray and teasing combs were a household commodity in '80s America.
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    The 1990s
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    One word: grunge
    The grunge movement tore through youth culture in the '90s, bringing the alternative into the mainstream. Fashion -- the flannel, the lank hair, the dark nail polish -- offered a way for '90s kids to express their darker sides.
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    The 2000s
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    While the world continues to be inundated with ideal standards of beauty, now more than ever, representations of beauty take a plurality of shapes and forms.


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