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According to some old Arabic texts both male and female Norsemen aka Vikings wore black eyeliner to increase their beauty. Apparently it never faded once applied, which just sounds like they refused to leave the house without applying their makeup.

Svalbard Norway
30th April 2021
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Schiffy

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1 month ago #9856941        
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All makeup is war paint, regardless of gender or intent.


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1 month ago #9857012        
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Viking men were OBSESSED with their appearances, cleanliness, and maintaining their looks. Women could choose to end marriages on a whim, for one... So a dirty husband was soon an ex. Viking men bathed at least once a week (which was HUGE back then), combed their hair, braided, wore ribbons in their beards, wore the nicest furs they could, and took care of themselves.


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1 month ago #9856934        
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Go back to almost any old civilization and they used makeup for beauty, utility, status or religious purposes. It only became "female-only" when it turned into a luxury (either due to price or living conditions).

1 month ago #9857162        
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Their makeup is different because G.F. North isn't as into metal as his grandchildren.


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minando

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1 month ago #9857244        
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It's called 'war paint'.


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1 month ago #9857062        
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Even within the gender roles of the day (say some types of jewelry was apparantly pretty stricktly female only based on grave goods) calling someone unmanly in an honour culture where everyone was armed is not a way to long life.....

1 month ago #9856940        
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Color pink use to be manly, now it's feminine...
Wearing a dress use to be manly, now it's feminine...
Make up use to be manly, now it's feminine...
Modern time "manly" men would look rather silly in the eyes of men of the "good old times", that modern people so adore...


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1 month ago #9856983        
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Regular bathing, careful hair- and beardcare, makeup and dressing well... The Nordic men were very careful about their appearance. Of course, viral tweets aren't the most reliable sources, but I will forever be amused by the one that justified attacking a nearby village of Danes because they "threatened the chastity of English women" who just couldn't resist that.


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26 days ago #9858037        
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Norway's right, it's 2021 Svalbard. :stare:

1 month ago #9857161        
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It's not just pretty, it's actually practical and for the same reasons I suspect a lot of sunny countries, like many areas in the Middle East also wear a lot of eyeliner as it helps protect the eyes. Since Vikings were often out on boats, they would need to be able to see better.

Apparently it's also not uncommon to ward off something called "the evil eye" which varies from culture to culture but a good 40% of the world believes in some version or another.

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