Women’s magazines tell us how to dress, who to love, and what to put on our faces.
It all started with a periodical called The Lady's Mercury, which was first published in 1693 and promised to respond to "all the most nice and curious questions concerning love, marriage, behavior, dress and humor of the female sex, whether virgins, wives or widows." The life advice gleaned from magazines like Cosmopolitan and Glamour is never "one-size fits all" but you've probably drawn inspiration from them for a new haircut or followed a tutorial on winged eyeliner.
But what if they existed even earlier than 1693 and were written by women (because let's face it, the first lady magazines were written by men). What beauty advice would these hallowed pages hold? Let's explore.