These Surprising Beauty Secrets From Seven Of History’s Most Beautiful Women Question Today’s Standards

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, every woman knows the struggle and pressure it takes to feel beautiful. In today’s society, the popularity of botox, plastic surgery, and advanced make-up artistry have made beauty an expensive but attainable way of life.

The celebrities that we follow in the media today appear to look perfect with the help of lip filler and Instagram filters. But, beauty was not always so artificial. These women throughout history offer surprising tips and tricks to achieve a natural beauty.

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette may have been the last Queen of France, but she was also the first Queen of this iconic beauty secret. This Queen was known for her good looks and style, and lucky for us, historians have kept a record of how she remained so beautiful up until her tragic death.

An oil painting of Marie Antoinette holding a white rose.
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Universal History / Getty Images

Using the ingredients of cognac, milk, eggs, and lemon, this Queen created a magical face mask to preserve the plumpness of her face. Antoinette would often sit in the bathwater of sea salt and thyme while letting this mask transform her skin. She was truly the Queen of relaxation. After all, how could a woman rule a country without taking care of herself first? If a queen can find the time to care for her body and mind to avoid burnout and premature aging, then we all can.


Cleopatra was the beautiful Queen of Ancient Egypt, remembered for her stunning signature look. Her importance and significance as Egyptian royalty isn’t the only thing we can learn from this notable woman, but we can also take away some of her beauty secrets.

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
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Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

This royals skincare routine required vinegar and honey. She used a combination of apple cider vinegar and water to wash her face and honey as a skincare treatment. For her body, she soaked in a bath of milk to achieve smooth and silky skin. After trying this nighttime routine, you will feel like royalty! Forget about wasting money on expensive brands of makeup with ingredients you can’t pronounce. The earth blesses us with all the ingredients we need to thrive.

Marilyn Monroe

The beautiful and famous starlet Marilyn Monroe once said the quote, “Imperfection is beauty”. But, this actress and model was pretty close to perfection. Her make-up artist, Allan Snyder, was the magic behind the face in Monroe’s iconic photo shoots and movies.

Marilyn Monroe in a green shirt smiling on the grass.
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Baron Hulton / Getty Images

While Vaseline continues to be a popular product for moisturizing, this superstar used it in a unique way. The dewy look she wore was achieved by using Vaseline as a highlighter, dotting the cream along her cheekbones. There’s more! Her gorgeous eyes were achieved by drawing a white triangle between her upper and lower eyelid. What made her beautiful was her uniqueness, she wasn’t afraid to be show off her curves or cut her hair. She lived outside of the box and created her own beauty standards.

Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers was a gorgeous Hollywood superstar. Being an actress, dancer, and singer, she spent much time covered up in make-up. But, deep down, she hated everything to do with the cosmetics industry. Her self-care routine was simple and basic, and when she was not working, she wore a bare and natural face. The beauty industry can be toxic and ruin the self-esteem of young girls not even old enough to understand the damage of living up to unrealistic standards.

Ginger Rogers posing in front of a green screen wearing a black dress.
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Bettmann / Getty Images

The secret to this woman’s eternal beauty was all thanks to the free and unlimited resource of fresh air. Whenever the weather permitted, this star and her husband spent their nights sleeping outdoors. The things we do for beauty!

Fannie Ward

Being told that you look young for your age is a compliment that will make your day. Fannie Ward was an actress that turned this compliment into a lifestyle. In the early 1900s, this woman played the part of a seven-year-old at the age of 55.

Fannie Ward staring at the camera with teased hair.
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© Unknown author / Wikimedia Commons, © Public domain

Want to know the secret to looking young? According to Fannie, it’s as simple as hanging upside down! Hanging your head off the couch or the bed once a day is believed to circulate the blood in a way that restores your facial tissue. Good enough to rejuvenate her skin back five decades … it’s worth a shot! But again, remember that you should only practice what makes you feel good cause at the end of the day beauty is simply confidence.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is known to be one of the most beautiful women in Italy. This actress rose to fame through Italy’s postwar era and remained beautiful all throughout time and motherhood.

Italian actress Sophia Loren waving.
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Kevin Winter / Getty Images

The superpower that this bombshell had was the idea of incorporating Olive Oil into her beauty routine. With its antioxidant and moisturizing properties, this star uses Olive Oil in baths, and as a moisturizer, make-up remover, and hair mask. Looks like it’s time to stop shopping in the beauty section, and start shopping in the grocery aisle. However, it’s hard work that helped her succeed. It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend in front of the mirror if you don’t know where you’re going.

Mary Queen Of Scot’s

History repeats itself, but not only in its politics. Apparently, each Queen seemed to have her own signature bath-time ritual. Mary Queen of Scot’s, like the Queens that came before and after her, preserved her beauty in the bath.

A painting of Mary Queen of Scot's standing in front of a tree.
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Fine Art / Getty Images

This Queen had expensive taste, and wine baths were her secret weapon. If you’re feeling like spicing up your night, add some red wine to your bath water! This trick is said to have antioxidant and smoothing effects, fit to make you feel like the princess that you are. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to pamper yourself every once a while! No one will take as good care of you as yourself, so spoil yourself because you deserve it.

The Art Of Feeling Good

Beauty is fleeting. Humans only get to hold on to their youthful beauty for so long. But these seven women were living proof that by taking care of your skin and body naturally, you can look great no matter how old you get! It’s not about how you look, it’s about how you feel. As long as you wear it confidently, you will radiate. If you paid attention, you would have noticed how different each of these women looked. Beauty is relative and we’re the ones that impose its rules and standards.

A woman's legs in a bath with flower petals.
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Hanna Postova / Unsplash

While true beauty comes from our hearts, it’s important that we feel confident on the outside too. So, take a night off to practice self-care in a new and unconventional way. You deserve it!

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nicolemior is one of the authors writing for Higher Perspectives