The Look: Beauty Marks

Marks of Distinction
Beauty marks have a mixed past. While the ancient Greeks thought they could determine a person's destiny, the Ancient Romans tried to fade them with tinctures made from ashes and snails, and medieval clerics believed they were a sign of demonic possession. Spots finally had their day in the seventeenth century, when they became fashionable at the French court. Women—and men—created small black mouches from leather, taffeta, or velvet to wear as temporary moles.

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