In 16th and 17th century Europe, the lead was used in cosmetics as a way to find the fresh “white-faced” look that was so popular at the time, mainly among the aristocracy.

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One famous user of lead makeup was Queen Elizabeth I of England — her white lead paint was said to give her the coveted “Mask of Youth.”

Unfortunately, long-term interaction with the lead often resulted in rotten teeth and ironically, tooth replacements were made of lead as well and causing even worse damage to the already lead-poisoned person.

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