Edinburgh conference explores Renaissance beauty secrets

At a recent conference at Edinburgh University, modern experts examined period sources "to increase understanding of the kinds of [beauty] materials that may have been available in renaissance homes and how ideas of beauty have developed over time."

In her Book of Experiments, renaissance beauty expert Caterina Sforza offered recipes for cosmetics and techniques to enhance beauty. Suggestions included tips on how to disguise bad complexions, whiten teeth, and remove unwanted hair.