3. The Church Allowed Makeup If You Were Too Ugly For Your Husband
While makeup was seen as a mortal sin, the Church did allow for one loophole: a wife could use it if her husband found her unattractive. Especially during the age of smallpox and the plague, many people were marred with scars and sallow skin. The Church allowed women to use their DIY cosmetics to keep their husbands from straying.
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